OT0706 - Mastery of Occupation-Centred Practice (with Placement C)

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What will I learn on this module?

You will develop skills which will continue to place your understanding of occupation at the centre of your practice – including skills in assessing occupational performance and formulating occupational needs; skills in grading and adapting occupations and environments; and skills in evaluating occupational outcomes. You will consider how your skills can be applied to meet the needs of a range of individuals, groups and communities, and consider the Occupational Therapy role in public health and health promotion.

As occupational therapists work with individuals and groups to promote engagement, you will critically consider your professional role in risk assessment and opportunities for positive risk taking, whilst maintaining safe and effective practice. You will also consider the role of the environment in promoting participation and engagement in occupation.

You will draw on previous learning, practice and experiences of service users/carers, to critically analyse challenges and barriers to maintaining occupation as the central focus of Occupational Therapy and reflect on ways of embedding these core values in practice.
All of the above learning will be developed and consolidated by undertaking a period of practice placement; a fundamental part of preparing you for your own future professional employment.
For this placement you are encouraged to identify an area of practice/service that is of particular interest to you and there is also an option of organising your own placement with advice and support of the programme and placement teams. Placement hours completed on this module contribute to the 1000 hours of supervised practice required to be eligible to register to practice on completion of the programme.

The preparatory period in university prior to placement will revisit the professional conduct required in practice as set out by the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (2015) and HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics (2016).

How will I learn on this module?

Lectures, e-lectures and directed learning will be utilised to introduce you to key module concepts. Seminars will also be utilised to explore how a range of professional knowledge (such as research evidence, professional guidelines and legislation) informs how an Occupational Therapist applies their skills. Practical and experiential sessions and workshops will be utilised for students to learn, practice and reflect upon their skills. Sessions facilitated by external lecturers, practicing as Occupational Therapists or using Occupational Therapy skills will be planned where appropriate, alongside learning from the experiences, and considering the perspective, of service users. You will also learn alongside BSc Occupational Therapy students where this is relevant to your learning.

Simulation, a particular type of practical learning which focuses on replicating the thinking and skills required in close-to-life scenarios and environments will also be utilised within this module. Some sessions will also utilise live-capture technology to enable students to review and reflect upon their decision-making and practical skills within identified scenarios.

Practice Placement will also be an integral part of learning on this module where you will engage with an identified practice area and work alongside a qualified Occupational Therapist who will act as your practice educator to facilitate your learning. Tutorial sessions will also form part of your module learning, specifically to support you with the placement process. Tutorial sessions may be in the form of individual or small group tutorials, in university or in practice.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The identified module tutor, alongside the module teaching team, will structure learning opportunities to support your learning within the module and to assist you to work towards the module assessment. The module handbook, the electronic reading list, and information communicated throughout the module within sessions and on the e-learning portal will all signpost you to resources to support your academic development.

A formative assessment opportunity with staff and/or peer feedback will assist you to evaluate your own progress within the module and identify areas for development. Assessment preparation with the module teaching team will also be an integral part of the module.

You will also learn from service users and carers and you will have an identified practice educator (a qualified Occupational Therapist) who will facilitate and support your learning in practice. In addition, you will be supported to identify and access other professionals and disciplines available in the particular practice area. At key points before, during and after placement, academic staff will assist you to link placement learning to your module learning and to your wider professional development.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Critically analyse the meaning of occupation-centred practice
2. Apply a range of professional knowledge to safe and effective occupational therapy practice

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Critically reflect on assessing occupational performance including the assessment of occupational risks
4. Utilise a range of core occupational therapy practice skills and techniques by meeting identified placement competencies

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

5. Demonstrate ethical reasoning to optimise occupational participation for individuals and groups whilst considering a range of policy, legislation, evidence and professional guidelines.
6. Develop self-awareness and skills in critical reflection

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment:
Opportunities for formative assessment will be integrated throughout the module, through feedback on student-led activities such as journal clubs and on-line discussion forums. (MLOs 1, 6)

Ongoing formative assessment on practice placement where strengths and areas for development are identified. This will be supported through regular supervision meetings between the student and the practice educator and will be summarised during a mid-point contact with the student’s personal tutor. (ALL MLOs)

Summative assessment:

Part A: Practice Placement

Students will be assessed on a pass/fail basis in line with specified competencies. You will receive written feedback from your practice educator regarding strengths and areas for development. Placement must be passed in order to pass the module. (ALL MLOs)

Part B: 3000 Written Essay

Written 3000 word critical analysis on the topic of occupation-centred practice (MLO 1, 2, 3, 5)

Individual written feedback will be provided in relation to the summative assessment highlighting strengths and areas for development.

Parts A and B will promote achievement of all MLO’s


Human Occupation (with Pl A)
Enabling Participation Through Occupation (with PL B)



Module abstract

This module will focus on developing your knowledge of occupation, and your skills in utilising occupation therapeutically, as the central tenet of your professional values and practice. Building on knowledge and skills developed during year 1, you will develop confidence in the application of your core knowledge and skills relating to occupation to a range of individual, community and public health needs and issues.

You will consider the importance of risk assessment when changing occupations or environments and analyse your professional responsibility and the contribution of of positive risk taking to promote engagement and participation. You will also develop a more in-depth understanding of the impact of the physical, social, cultural and political environment on occupational performance and engagement for a range of individuals, groups and communities.

University learning will be consolidated through a period of practice placement, embedded within this module.

Course info

Credits 30

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time

Department Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

Location Coach Lane Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start January 2020 or January 2021

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