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Advice from past students

The following pieces of advice have been given to us by students who have been on placement with the Trust.  We hope that you find them useful and that they help you to get the most out of your placement with us:

Advice for students

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Your safety

Do not become a victim.  Avoid:

  • Anything that limits your ability to see or hear trouble, such as wearing hoods, listening to music through earphones or talking on a mobile.
  • Walking in quiet, deserted areas such as underpasses, alleyways, parks, commons and empty wasteland.
  • Walking in a hesitant way and looking unsure of where you are going.
  • Appearing drunk or in any way out of control.
  • Having cash or valuables on show.

Personal safety tips

If you feel uncomfortable walking to your accommodation at night ask the security staff based at the Glenburnie Entrance of Springfield Hospital to escort you back to the Diamond Estate. They will be happy to undertake this unless they are dealing with an emergency or have reduced numbers during their regular nightly site inspections.
  • Carry a personal alarm.
  • Make use of 'preferred routes'- the safest path to your destination.
  • Always try to walk in well lit areas in the middle of the pavement, especially when going around corners.
  • Walk against the flow of the traffic to avoid kerb crawlers.
  • Look confident. Walk with your head up and with energy.
  • Keep your hand free.
  • Have your mobile ready for use.
  • Have your keys ready when approaching home so you don't spend time on the doorstep fumbling in your bag.
  • Make it difficult for anyone to conceal themselves near the entrance to your home by cutting hedges well back, or installing outside lighting.
  • Wear appropriate clothing.
  • If you decide to take a cab home, pre-book a car through a licensed taxi office and ensure the car you ordered is the one you get into.
  • Know the car details and check the driver knows what name it was booked under. Sit in the back and carry an alarm.
  • If someone attempts to snatch your bag or phone, let them have it. You are risking personal injury if you resist.

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Student support

There is a fortnightly OT Student Support Group. 

The group, which meets for one hour and is facilitated by a Senior OT, aims to provide a supportive environment where you can share and reflect on your experiences.  You are encouraged to seek peer support and professional advice enabling you to develop action plans to implement in your clinical area.  The Support Group is a confidential environment where you can discuss concerns and difficult experiences related to your placement. It is acknowledged, however, that if something arises during the group that has safety or ethical implications it will be discussed outside the group in consultation with the student.

Following each Support Group is a one-hour, small group seminar, which is facilitated by an OT from within the Trust.  The seminars provide students with practical information on the application of the Occupational Therapy process with a range of people with different health and social care needs.  Seminar topics may include the role of OT in forensic, learning disabilities, eating disorders or community settings. 

The group will only take place if we have sufficient numbers of students on placement to make it viable. PPEs and students will be sent details for groups (if relevant) at the start of their placement.

Attendance is compulsory.

Additional Support 

If during a placement you experience personal or work related difficulties, which you feel are affecting your performance, it is important that you firstly discuss them with your practice placement educator.  If, however, the difficulties cannot be resolved, contact Jane Smith, Trust Placement Co-ordinator – 07976-218718

 

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