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1 Welcome to Brunel University School of Health Sciences & Social Care Occupational Therapy

2 To prepare you for university life, our course & life beyond! To give you some information about: Term dates How the occupational therapy course equips you for practice as an occupational therapist The areas of clinical practice and occupational therapy work How to manage the course Purpose of this afternoon

3 Provisional term dates Fresher’s week: 16 th – 20 th September Autumn term: 23 rd September – 13 th December 2013 Spring term: 6 th January – 28 th March 2014 includes 4 week practice placement 3 rd March – 28 th March Summer Term: 28 th April – 23 rd May 2014

4 Brunel University website: Academic Schools: School of Health Sciences and Social Care Subjects….Occupational Therapy…Prospective students cupationaltherapy/prospectivestudents.bspx cupationaltherapy/prospectivestudents.bspx Keeping yourself informed and up to date

5 Your research active teaching team: Book authors….

6 Your research active teaching team: Some of the journals and research centres Centre for Research in Rehabilitation Centre for Citizen Participation

7 Occupational therapy: helping people to live their life, their way Occupational therapy as a career

8 A student journey

9 Terry Pratchett How might an occupational therapist work with Terry Pratchett?

10 Assessment: What difficulties he is having? What does he think about his illness, his difficulties and his future? What activities are important to him? E.g. not able to tie his tie, not able to type as quickly & fluently as he used to? Therapy develop a therapeutic relationship problem solving with him; find ways for him to achieve what he wants to achieve

11 How does our course enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to work with someone such as Terry Pratchett? Informing Sciences: Physiology & anatomy, e g what neurological and pathological changes are occurring in the body? Psychology: developmental psychology, psychological theories, interpersonal & intra personal communication, group dynamics. Occupational theories: activity analysis, humans as occupational beings, occupation as an agent of change.

12 How does our course enable you to develop the skills and knowledge to work with someone such as Terry Pratchett? Learning to integrate and apply informing science theory 1.To develop practice skills: 2. To develop clinical reasoning and practice that is evidence based Develop research skills to evaluate and critique evidence Develop professional and academic skills

13 Exercise: Take a sheet of paper and pencil. In pairs, one of you is ‘A’ the other is ‘B’. ‘A’ will give verbal instructions to B to draw an object. ‘A’’s are not allowed to help to do the drawing or use the pencil themselves – you can only verbally instruct B.

14 How is the course organised 3 year course (full time), 4 year course (part-time), 2 year Pre-registration Masters course Health Professions Council – regulatory body Developmental approach to learning & professional development Time tabled time & self-directed study Practice placement learning – ‘real world learning’ Attendance

15 How are competencies assessed across the course? Written assignments and Reports Exams Practical assessments Placement assessment Group presentations

16 Practice Placements The bridge between campus learning and the practice of occupational therapy

17 Where do you go on placement? Health service teams or departments (mental health and physical health) Social service teams Voluntary sector & developing areas of practice Inner London & the greater London area

18 Support, survival and success Essentials prior to registering: Health status: Evidence of up to date immunisations: Hepatitis B, TB, Polio, Tetanus, Rubella, Chicken Pox status – green card Medical questionnaire Criminal Records Bureau: Criminal convictions to be declared on UCAS application A criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure (enhanced) is a requirement - forms sent with conditional offers. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training: help/training/heartstart-uk.aspx help/training/heartstart-uk.aspx

19 Support, survival and success Essentials prior to registering: Health status: Evidence of up to date immunisations: Hepatitis B, TB, Polio, Tetanus, Rubella, Chicken Pox status – green card Medical questionnaire Criminal Records Bureau: Criminal convictions to be declared on UCAS application A criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure (enhanced) is a requirement - forms sent with conditional offers. Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training: help/training/heartstart-uk.aspx help/training/heartstart-uk.aspx

20 Personal tutoring system Effective learning and advice service Student centre Web based learning – U-link Disability and dyslexia service Student Union University clubs Counselling service Support, survival and success !

21 Money management: Tuition fees paid by NHS London Region If eligible can apply for maintenance award. Part-time student funding is different Prepare for a tight budget….....books, travel to and from placement, uniforms, immunisations..….whilst ensuring basic needs are met & keeping an occupational balance! Support, survival and success !

22 Peer support Study groups British Association of Occupational Therapists/College of Occupational Therapists Student membership Brunel BAOT student group –organised by students for students

23 Support, survival and success! Peer support Study groups British Association of Occupational Therapists/College of Occupational Therapists Student membership Brunel BAOT student group –organised by students for students

24 Any Questions? Brunel University Website

25 Books & Films you may want to read or see… The Brain by Michael O’Shea. Published by Oxford University Press Psychology by Gillian Butler & Freda McManus. Published by: as above Sociology by Steve Bruce. Published by as above The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell (3 rd edition) published by Palgrave ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ by Jean-Dominique Bauby ‘Iris’ by John Bayeley The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon My Left Foot by Christy Brown Films / Videos / DVD’s ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’, ‘Iris’ ‘Away from her’, ‘A beautiful Mind’ ‘East is East’


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