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What we expect from you

Before your Placement

Once the University inform you of your placement you are expected to email your PPE at least one week prior to the start date in order to introduce yourself and make arrangements to do a pre-placement visit. You can also ask any questions which will help you prepare for your placement experience. It would be useful for you to provide a summary of your learning to-date for your practice placement educator.

Please follow any instructions that your PPE gives you e.g. provide Smartcard number as this helps us save time by completing processes before you arrive.

Also, you might find it helpful to start thinking about your particular learning objectives prior to starting the placement. 

During your Placement

You are expected to present yourself in a professional manner at all times whilst on placement, abide by the Trust values, policies and procedures and act in accordance with the RCOT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct for Occupational Therapists.

Your hours of work will be dependent on service requirements and students are expected to comply with the normal hours of work for your placement setting.


You will:

  • Acknowledge that service users have a choice about whether they wish to engage with you and you must seek their permission prior to assessments/interventions
  • Inform your PPE and/or the member of a staff in charge of their clinical area of work immediately in the event of any critical/unusual incident occurring during a client treatment session either to the client or to them.
  • Ensure that a qualified health practitioner countersigns all the entries that you make in client’s case notes.
  • Report any incidents of verbal, racist or sexual abuse or violence towards its service users or staff, contractors or visitors to their PPE
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Make sure that on leaving the placement any outstanding issues regarding patient care are handed over to the practice placement educator and documentation is up-to-date.

Learning contract

You will:

  • Negotiate an individual learning contract and weekly objectives with your PPE
  • Not accept responsibility for tasks that are above and beyond your capabilities or alternatively avoid taking responsibility commensurate with your level of training.
  • Identify, develop and use learning opportunities to achieve placement outcomes.

Supervision and Support

You will:

  • Actively participate in a minimum of one hour of formal supervision with the named PPE per week
  • Be willing to discuss both your strengths and weaknesses so that there is a planned approach to learning and supervision
  • Be aware of the academic and pastoral support available whilst on placement.

Assessment and Evaluation

You will:

  • Carry out self-appraisal and critical reflection on a regular basis in preparation for both formal assessment and supervision sessions.
  • Complete the Trust evaluation questionnaire at the end of the placement.

Health and Safety

 You will:

  • Adhere to your university procedures regarding absences due to sickness and contact the placement at the earliest opportunity and NO LATER THAN the normal start time on the first day of sickness.
  • Alert their PPE to any health issue, which may impinge on client care.
  • Read and adhere to the Trust's health and safety policies and make yourselves aware of and follow the control measures of any risk assessment prepared.
  • Adhere to the Trust’s Smoke Free policy
  • Adhere to the Trust’s dress code.


You will:

Disclosed disabilities

You will:

  • Not be obliged to disclose a disability, however if you choose this option you will be assessed without the benefit of additional support.
  • Be encouraged to initially disclose a disability to their University in order to receive any pre-placement support. You can however disclose a disability whilst on placement.
  • Be required to provide information about how your disability affects you on a daily basis and to identify what 'reasonable adjustments' are required to make the placement accessible.
  • Be encouraged to visit your placement before starting to openly discuss your needs and what adjustments they would find helpful.


You will:

  • Never accept a gift, favour or hospitality from a service user, carer or relative currently receiving care.
  • Not use your mobile phone during work hours except in exceptional circumstances e.g. as a safety measure