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Roles and responsibilities

Practice Educator

Practice educators are required to be HPC registered, this is the responsibility of the individual and the practice placement manager.

A registered practitioner working in the practice area with students, who accepts the responsibility for monitoring and assessing the student’s progress. A named practice educator will provide day to day support, facilitate learning and act as a role model during practice placements.  The staff member will ensure that students are given the necessary support during their time in placement and provide advice on the achievement of learning outcomes/competencies. 

Ideally we require occupational therapy practice educators to have at least one year in practice post qualification. Practice educators are required to have completed an initial practice educator’s preparation days or be supervised by someone who has completed this training. Practice educators could have completed this training at another university. For educators who have not completed this preparation through LSBU, it is important to understand the LSBU placement levels as well as how to use LSBU assessment criteria. This can be done through attending a placement briefing at LSBU or exploring the relevant sections of this site.

Please also see our section on preparation of practice educators.

Practice Placement Co-ordinator

This is a staff member within the placement provider who co-ordinates and manages students learning within their specific discipline and service. 

There are biannual Practice Coordinators Meetings with members from the OT programme at LSBU.

Practice Placement Facilitator

The practice placement facilitator is a member of academic staff who has specific responsibility for the management and organisation of practice education for students on their programmes.

In addition students’ roles and responsibilities will be defined through the specific organisation of practice education within their respective programmes. 

Overall, students have a responsibility to:

• Inform the practice placement facilitator and practice placement educator of any health-related matters which might affect their work with clients, carers or colleagues.

• Prepare for the placement by ensuring that uniform requirements can be met and by undertaking any pre-placement reading or other preparation required by the practice educator.

• Negotiate with the practice educator to determine a learning contract or objectives for the practice placement.

• Operate in accordance with the Profession’s Code of Conduct and the IPSAH Student Professional Conduct Directional Statement.

• Adhere to the rules, policies and procedures of the practice placement setting whilst on placement.

• Complete any work set by the practice educator.

• Participate actively in the evaluation of their performance and behaviour during practice placement.

• Notify University staff without delay of any untoward incident or circumstance which may affect their progress during the practice placement experience or their satisfactory completion of the placement.

• Ensure that a log of hours completed during practice placement is kept, that entries are signed by practice educators, and that the practice educator receives a placement feedback form.

Explore practice learning:

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Rationale for practice placements

Roles and responsibilities

Standards for practice education

Making an offer

Placement dates

Placement levels

Setting a learning contract

Supervision and tutorials

DBS and Occupational Health clearance

University based student preparation and DDS 

Information to provide your student before their placement

Student attendance requirements and absence reporting

Travel expenses

Inter-professional learning in practice tasks