Occupational Therapy Students

Occupational Therapy Students

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Pre-Placement Preparation

If you have been successful in obtaining a placement within the Paediatric Occupational Therapy Service we recommend you spend some time learning a bit more about normal child development (so it's easier to spot what is abnormal!) as well as familiarising yourself with some of the more common conditions that you may come across during your time with our service.

Please look at the Child Development Timeline to learn when babies, infants and toddlers typically achieve their motor, cognitive, sensory and communication milestones.  Please also look under the Health A-Z section to learn more about the various conditions.



The Royal College of Occupational Therapist (RCOT) is the UK professional body of occupational therapy staff.  They help and guide members throughout their studies and careers.  They also work with members to produce pertinent advice, guidance and information to support members' practice, research, careers and lifelong learning.  

RCOT have produced a fact sheet called 'Occupational Therapy with Children and Young People' which may be beneficial to look at.

Placement Information

Welcome to our service!  In order to make your placement as productive and stimulating as possible we have created a range of learning opportunities for you, over and above your daily involvement in direct patient care.  Click on the link to see what tutorials are available and speak to your supervisor to find out where and when the tutorials will be held.

We are aware that there is a lot of information to take in, including all the more mundane aspects of working in a public organisation such as policies and processes, familiarising yourself with a new location and basic housekeeping information.  We have attached checklists for you to complete at the end of day 1 and week 1 to ensure that nothing is missed.  Please access these by clicking the links on the right.   


As a service we are signed up to the NHS Education for Scotland (NES) Quality Standards for Practice Placement to provide a positive learning environment, support the development of Occupational Therapy professionals to deliver safe and effective person centered care.




Post Placement Follow Up


We hope that as well as having a focus on developing the necessary clinical and non-clinical skills during your time with us, you also enjoy your placement and continue to be enthused about your choice of career. Towards the end of the placement your supervising clinician will direct you to this link to access an online questionnaire to help us monitor the quality of AHP practice placements. We would appreciate your thoughts! 

Click here to access AHP Student Feedback Questionnaire


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can my student to go out on their own?

This will depend on the students experience/competence and level of risk, it will ultimately sit with the Practice Educator making this decision with the student.

Can my student claim mileage?

The student can claim back some of their mileage via Student Awards Agency Scotland (SASS).  For self-funded placements e.g. Masters this is not possible.  If we state on the placement offer that the student needs a car then the tutors can write a supporting letter to help support mileage claims being paid.

What about car insurance?

Students need business insurance if they drive on placement.  Practice Educators should check that the student has insurance before letting them drive.

What if my student's English is a second language?

There is a minimum standards test for reading and writing for international students set by the University and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).  If you have a concern that your student is not at a comprehension level adequate to meet placement objectives please contact the University immediately.