In order to qualify as physiotherapist, you’ll spend a minimum of 1,000 hours in practice or in a practice simulated environment. Professional practice placements and simulations are a rich learning experience, and they’ll help to cement your classroom learning.
We work in partnership with a wide range of community and hospital placement providers across our region. As a university, we have carefully selected placement providers in order to ensure that you have optimal opportunities to develop as both a practitioner and a professional.
You’ll usually attend five full-time block placements commencing at the start of the last trimester of Year 1. Your placement rotation will typically comprise five different placement blocks: one five-week block and four six-week blocks.
Placements are generally structured on 37.5 hours per week, however, working patterns may be variable and include shifts, virtual, simulated, overnight and weekends.
Placement rotations/simulated placements will most likely include a Musculoskeletal, Neurological and Cardiorespiratory Rehabilitation block. Formal teaching is nearly always organised around placements.
Placement areas include the following.
You'll be responsible for funding your travel to all of your placements; however, your placement team will endeavour to arrange placements near to your term time address. There may be occasions when you have to travel further distances. It’ll be up to you to choose the most suitable transport to punctually attend your placements.
You’ll be overseen and directed by a Clinical Supervisor and your clinical activity will encompass a wide variety of activities with service users.
These will include engagement in a range of procedural skills, and the development of diagnostic and clinical problem-solving and management skills, under supervision. This will be underpinned by the concurrent development of clinical communication skills, which are a central aspect of your role as a healthcare professional.
For each rotation, it is expected that you’ll have an initial joint discussion with your supervisor to formulate personal objective setting and action plans. Pre-placement briefings and classroom learning will help to prepare you for these conversations, through the discussion of potential learning opportunities, in each of the specialities, this will be your responsibility.
Practice Educators and Mentors will support and supervise you while on placement. They will help you organise your case load and answer your doubts. You’ll also always be supported by the University. The course team and link tutors will make arrangements to meet with you while you are in placement and also contact you to check in and make sure that all is going okay.
The placement blocks have been designed in such a way as to give you regular chances to return to university, where you’ll have formal and informal placement debriefs.