Practice placements

You'll do three modules of practice placement in three work settings

Practice placements encourage you to take the occupational therapy theory you've learned and apply it to real life situations. You will be supported by qualified occupational therapists, who are trained to assess and develop your practical skills. Your placements will be in different areas of practice, for example physical health and mental health settings with placements being primarily in the East Midlands.

During your placement you will be supported by a tutor from the practice placement team.

For more information please contact the lead tutor for practice placement, Helen Bradley at h.bradley@derby.ac.uk

Read some of the placement experiences from our recent graduates below:

Caroline Wilson

Caroline Wilson

“Practice placements really are the part of the course where everything you study begins to slot into place and make sense in real life scenarios and are a huge part of your OT learning experience. During my placement, I spent time in the community working with adults with a wide range of physical and mental health concerns, adapting their environments to make them more safe and comfortable.

I also had many opportunities to visit related services in the wider community, which was so helpful and is something I would recommend to other students, as it is useful to observe how other allied healthcare professionals work with clients in a variety of other ways and how their services join up with Occupational Therapy.

The placement staff team on the course are very helpful and supportive throughout the entire process, which really puts you at ease during a potentially nerve-wracking time, filled with new and different experiences. During placement, there are so many potential learning opportunities and you get out exactly what you put in – it is an invaluable experience to be grasped with both hands.”

Yogita Joshi

Yogita Joshi

“My first practice placement was on Dementia Assessment Ward for a period of 8 weeks. Initially, I was a little apprehensive about having to change gears from working with children to working with older adults (all my previous experience is working with children with disabilities). I soon realised that I was able to transfer previous skills to this setting and successfully establishing therapeutic relationship with clients.

I had a very supportive educator and a great OT team to guide me through this new experience. I was able to integrate well with the team and contribute in planning and facilitating group and 1:1 occupationally focused activities for people with Dementia.

A positive placement experience is absolutely essential for understanding how to translate the Occupational Therapy principles and theory into practice.”

Karlie Hall

“The placement element of the course was a big deal for me, other than having a very brief experience shadowing an OT prior to starting the course, I had never experienced working in a health care environment, I was also worried about being in the way and feeling like a bit of a spare part. This is something that I should not have worried about, I found the skills that I had from my former career were transferable and I was really surprised that during team meetings my feedback to the group was met with great support and my ideas were taken onboard, I wasn't a spare part, I was part of a team that I was going to be very sad to leave at the end of placement.”