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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