Placement Education (Clinical Education)

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

On the job learning

Definition and purpose, professional responsibility, benefits to individual educators/teams, students, business and organisations, the wider profession[1]

Models and Types of Placement Supervision[edit | edit source]

1:1, 1:2, 1:3 etc MDT placements Observational Role emerging

The CSP has prepared this briefing - Ensuring sufficient practice placement capacity for physiotherapy students - in response to indications that the provision of sufficient practice placements for pre-registration physiotherapy students is becoming an increasing challenge in some geographical areas. It seeks to promote a collaborative approach to addressing these challenges and highlights the importance of making the case for supporting student practice education within workforce planning processes.

What is a Successful Placement Experience?[edit | edit source]

  1. Educator-student relationship [2]
  2. Learning contracts and learning outcomes
  3. Assessment 


UK Physiotherapy Placements[edit | edit source]

Students are required to gain 1000 hours on placement in order to achieve registration with the Health and Care Professionals Council. The CSP's article on experience[4] explains various roles that can be included. Current settings that physiotherapy students currently gain experience in are:

  1. NHS settings.
  2. Football clubs
  3. The Ministry of Defence (MOD) and military units.
  4. Private hospital groups / large private practices
  5. Placements in social care and the voluntary sector
  6. Practice placements overseas[5]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.Code of Professional Values and Behaviours. (accessed 19 June 2014)
  2. G Sutkin, E Wagner, I Harris, R Schiffer.What makes a good clinical teacher in medicine? A review of the literature. Academic Medicine 2008; 83:1-5.
  3. Tomorrows Medicine. The role of clinical assessment in competency based medicine Avaliable from www.//
  4. Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Student placements: are you experienced? ( Accessed 17 March 2020)
  5. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Student Practice Placements (Accessed 17 March 2020)