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Occupational Therapy Practice Educator Resources

Royal College of Occupational Therapy

RCOT’s (2019) learning and development standards state:

Practice-based learning is normally full-time and placement hours may include a maximum of 3.5hours of self-directed learning relevant to practice-based learning per week. 

The standards highlight the importance of flexible models of supervision including long arm supervision.

University of Southampton

BSc (Hons) and MSc courses

Occupational Therapy Programme Lead: Rachel Dadswell

Occupational Therapy Practice Placement Co-ordinator: Karen Witts

Placements Team: +44 (0)2382126519

Practice Educator Website:

This includes a schedule of all practice educator training sessions together with details of the curriculum, assessment documents, learning styles and other useful information for supporting UoS students on placement.

(If the above link doesn’t work, please follow these steps. Use this link Blackboard Learn ( then select the NHS, Visitors and Guests tab and then the Enter Blackboard as a guest tab. Once you have gained access look for the Practice Learning tab under the My Courses heading).

Book your Practice Educator CPD Novice or update training:

A training programme is now being offered to band3&4 Occupational Therapy Assistants for those who want to be more involved in supporting students while on placement. Please contact Louise Bone directly for more information and upcoming sessions. 

University of West England

BSC Apprentice programme

Programme Lead: Vanessa Parmenter 01173 288869

Placement Lead: Becky Barnes

Placement Coordinator: Rachel Edmunds

The Degree Apprenticeships Hub: 0117 328 4888 

UWE Practice Support Net: Practice documentation and Practice Education briefing available here

Bournemouth University

BSc (Hons) programme

Programme Lead: Helen Ribchester

Practice Learning Education Tutor: Dr Juliette Truman

Placements Team: 

Placement information and assessment paperwork can be found here: Occupational Therapy programme information | Bournemouth University

Prior to the start of the placement all PEs should register on the online system known as OPAL. This is very simple, go to on the right-hand side of the front page you will see a grey menu box click on PE / Mentor registration and then follow the screens. It takes a few minutes. If you find you have difficulty, please use the guides that can also be found in the same grey menu box. We are currently using OPAL not OPAL 2. Once you have done this your student will be able to link you to her portfolio for assessment purposes. 

Locality Placement Contact

Students will be allocated a locality contact from their university for the duration of the placement. Please ensure you ask your student these details on their first day if you haven’t already had contact from them. Any concerns during the placement should be directed to this contact.

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