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Guide for students of occupational therapy

"I am delighted to welcome you to our Trust and hope that your practice placement with us will be an experience that will be both enjoyable and provide development and learning opportunities.

Across all our directorates, Occupational Therapy staff work in partnership with other professional groups and service managers to plan and deliver high quality client-centred services and their contribution is highly valued.The Occupational Therapists have also been at the forefront of developing Continuing Professional Development Programmes and I have been impressed with the ongoing commitment to drive up clinical standards and establish an evidence base for practice. The Trust fully supports Occupational Therapy initiatives which strive towards clinical excellence in services and aim to make SWLSTG the employer of choice for staff. I hope that you will benefit from these exciting developments and will in turn, once you qualify as an Occupational Therapist consider returning to work in the Trust.

The Occupational Therapy Service at our Trust acknowledges its contribution in providing an Occupational Therapy workforce that meets the needs of modern and developing mental health services. We are committed to practice placement education and have invested in the training of placement educators and are striving to increase the number of student places.  We aim to ensure that students are given a positive learning experience that meets the criteria set out in the Pre-registration Education Standards [COT 2014].

This site contains details about the Trust and outlines the essential information that you will require whilst undertaking a practice placement with us.  We hope that you find it a useful reference tool and that it will help you to get the most out of your placement."

Mary Morley Director of Therapies

Our NHS Trust accepts Occupational Therapy students from the following universities:

1. Brunel University

2. Oxford Brookes University

3. Southbank University

Consideration is also given to elective students from other Universities and countries, depending on placement availability.

The Trust employs a part-time placement co-ordinator, Jane Smith.  She is responsible for the planning and co-ordination of practice placements for OT students within the Trust and for establishing/maintaining communication networks with placement educators and educational establishments.

Contact details:

Jane Smith OT Central Office Newton Building Springfield Hospital 61 Glenburnie Road London SW17 7DJ
0203 513 6362