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Visiting Tutor and Practice Placement Facilitator

Visiting/Contact Tutors from LSBU (often the students Personal Tutor) visit or telephone students half-way through their practice placement to support their learning. In order to provide information on the quality of the practice placement, the tutors complete the Placement Midway Tutor Contact Form.

It is the student’s responsibility to liaise with their practice educator and tutor to arrange a suitable time and date for the visit / phone call.

The Visiting Tutor ensures that all procedures and support mechanisms are in place and working productively for student learning and achievement. The tutor will interview the student and the practice educator in order to determine that the assessment of the student is being carried out in a fair and objective manner and the practice placement meets the intended learning outcomes expressed within the validation document.

The Visiting Tutor or Practice Placement Facilitator may be called upon to visit the placement more than once and attend, at request, the giving of a half way or final report if this is a fail grade.

Visiting Tutors need to ensure the following:

  • The student is receiving regular supervision (approximately once a week)
  • The student and Practice Educator have formulated a learning contract
  • The student and Practice Educator have set objectives appropriate to the placement level which are being regularly reviewed
  • The student is having the appropriate amount of service user contact
  • The halfway report needs to have been completed if the visit is past the halfway period of the placement. If the visit is before the halfway period, practice educators must be reminded of when the report needs to be completed. Students should be reminded to contact the University if there are any concerns about the report.
  • It may be the case that there has not been an opportunity to assess all areas by the midpoint of the placement. However, where possible, feedback should be given to students in all areas and any areas that have not yet been assessed should be highlighted and a clear plan made to enable the student to demonstrate their performance within that area.
  • The student is reminded that should any difficulties arise following the visit that they can still contact the University and speak to the visiting tutor, the personal tutor, or the Practice Placement Facilitator.
Brief comments on the progress of the placement need to be written on the midway visit form and copies should be offered to the student and practice educator.
Any serious concerns about the placement, practice educator or the student need to be discussed as soon as possible with the Practice Placement Facilitator, who will liaise as appropriate with the Course Director.
Should the student have any difficulties or concerns in a practice placement, they should notify the Visiting/Contact Tutor. It is the student’s responsibility to raise any issues, difficulties or concerns during this contact. The Visiting/Contact Tutor will follow up any issues as appropriate.
 

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Student Attendance and Absence

Students should inform their Practice Educator and the university Practice Placement Facilitator Sickness/Absence Administration team at the earliest opportunity (and at least 30 minutes before their expected start time) if, for any reason, they are not able to report for work whilst on placement. In addition in-service students must also inform their work place manager. Any extended period of absence should also be reported to both as soon as possible. Evidence of the reasons for the absence is required should a student be seeking consideration of extenuating circumstances. In the event of sickness, students should also follow the procedure outlined below

The University Practice Placement Facilitator and the member of the Physiotherapy Team designated to complete the midway placement visit (if appropriate) should also be notified of student absence from placement. Once again, in-service students must also inform their work place manager.

Although the student may not wish to be specific with regard to the nature of their sickness/absence, the student should adhere to the following procedure:

  • Telephone the Practice Educator or telephone the practice placement and leave a message with the most senior member of staff on duty
  • Clearly state their name, university and cohort
  • Clearly state that they will be taking sick leave or will be absent
  • Give some estimate of how long they feel they may be off sick or absent
  • Keep a record of who took their message
  • Ask the person to make a note of their message in the work diary/ message book
  • Email or telephone the physiotherapy Placement Administrator and cc the Practice Placement Facilitator and Personal Tutor (see Section 2.5)
  • Record the date(s) and hours of the sickness/absence on the Hours Sheet within their Practice Placement Portfolio.
Throughout the period of sick leave, the student should keep their Practice Educator and physiotherapy Placement Administrator, the Practice Placement Facilitator and Personal Tutor updated including an indication on how long they may feel they will continue to be on sick leave for.

When the student is ready to return to the practice learning opportunity, they should adhere to the following procedure:

  • Telephone the Practice Educator or telephone the practice placement to notify them when they will be returning to the placement
  • Email or telephone the physiotherapy Placement Administrator, Practice Placement Facilitator and Personal Tutor stating when they will be returning to the placement
  • Complete a Sickness Self-Certificate form (available from the Post Office, G.P. or LSBU Reception) for the first 6 days of sick leave and obtain a Doctor’s Certificate for the remainder of leave if the sick leave exceeded 6 days
  • Send the Sickness Self-Certificate form (and Doctor’s Certificate if required) to the LSBU Sickness/Absence Administrator
  • In certain instances, e.g. following surgery, injury, a ‘fitness to return to work’ certificate may be required before returning to practice. The student should check with their Course Director if they are unsure if this might be required.
  • Where a student is absent for up to 5 days throughout the placement, the student's progression should be discussed with the Practice Placement Facilitators at LSBU prior to completing the final assessment for the placement. Failure to meet the required level of attendance means that it is questionable whether a fair and accurate assessment of the student’s ability can be made. The student may be asked to withdraw from that placement and retake the placement at a later date.

If either the student or the Practice Educator has any concerns about the student’s health or fitness to practice, the Practice Placement Facilitator should be contacted as soon as possible for guidance.

Absence from the practice placement is deemed to be non-attendance when this has not previously been negotiated or when the student has failed to follow the sickness/absence reporting procedure. This will be reported to the Practice Placement Facilitator immediately by the Practice Educator and/or Practice Placement Staff and will be followed up with the student by the Course Director.

Seconded students must comply with their individual secondment agreement and are also expected to comply with the University requirements for attendance and punctuality.

The placement administration for the Physiotherapy courses is managed by: Programme Administrator for placements (Physiotherapy)

 
 
Direct Line: 020 7815 8496

Sickness/Absence during placement should be reported by telephone or email to the sickness/Absence Administration Team and cc’d to the Practice Placement Facilitator and Personal Tutor. Absence during placement should be reported in accordance with university requirements

Sickness/Absence during periods of study at university is managed centrally within the university by Sickness/Absence Administrators. They record all sickness/absence reported to them by a student.

Southwark campus - Sickness/Absence Administration team: Telephone: 0207 815 8141 Fax Number: 020 7815 8099 Email: hsc-southwarkabsence@lsbu.ac.uk

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Preparation of Practice (Clinical Educators)

A clinical presentation is an assessed element of the clinical placement module for practice placement 2 and 4 and will count towards 20% of the overall mark for the module. The student is asked to present a patient of their choice that they have assessed and treated on placement. The 10 minute presentation will take place back at the University after completion of the placement and should include a brief outline of the patient’s pathology. The presentation should focus on significant findings on assessment and the treatment plan. The students need to demonstrate clinical reasoning and be able to integrate research evidence into their presentation. The students are encouraged to discuss their patient choice with the clinical educator and also the visiting tutor. Please see the presentation marking grid and presentation guidance.

Summary of Practice Placement Assessment requirements

Practice placement 1 Level 4

Placement assessment form 100%

IPL task 1 Pass/fail

Compilation of Continued professional portfolio

Practice placement 2 Level 5

Placement assessment form 80%

10 minute case presentation 20%

Compilation of Continued professional portfolio

Practice placement 3 Level 5

Placement assessment form 100%

IPL task 2 and 3 Pass/fail

Compilation of Continued professional portfolio

Practice placement 4 Level 6

Placement assessment form 80%

10 minute case presentation 20%

Compilation of Continued professional portfolio

Practice placement 5 Level 6

Placement assessment form 100%

Compilation of Continued professional portfolio

Practice placement 6 Level 6

Placement assessment form 100%

Compilation of Continued professional portfolio

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