This area is designed to provide information and resources to help you successfully support, supervise and assess MSc Physiotherapy (Pre-Reg) students within the practice setting.

If there is any information that you think would be useful to add, please contact Dr Luca Buzzatti at [email protected]

Reporting sickness and absence

It is the responsibility of learners to notify their placement if they are not able to attend. Learners must ensure that they formally notify the placement area, using the correct local procedures, if they're unable to attend placement for any reason.

Good practice is to call before the shift is due to start and learners should ensure that a that a record is kept of the name of the person spoken with and the date/time of the phone call. Learners must follow their placement provider's policies, and this may include calling in on each day they are not attending placement (unless they have a medical certificate which indicates they will be off sick for a period).

The learner then records their absence in the MyProgress ePAD.

About the programme

The programme is a two-year full time MSC (pre-registration) course to enable registration with the HCPC to practice as a physiotherapist. Watch our video about the content of the course and how it is structured.

Placement information

The course includes a number of placement blocks (rotations) that take place in different specialities. The following documents outline how the rotations will work and the block plan for the course:

The students will have a practice assessment document (PAD) that has been developed by the CSP: The Common Placement Assessment Form (CPAF).

Example MSc Physiotherapy CPAF (PDF)

Online Practice Educator preparation

In collaboration with our placement provider partners, we have developed an online workshop to prepare you to become a Practice Educator for an ARU student. A Practice Educator is a registered healthcare professional who is responsible for student supervision and assessment.

Access the course and find out more about the latest Practice Educator updates.

Raising concerns about a learner struggling on placement

If a learner has been assessed and identified as struggling and there is a possibility they may not pass the placement, then it is important to identify their learning needs and develop an action plan for working in your area of practice.

An action plan is a tool that can be utilised to set goals for behaviours and performance whilst creating discussion and a clear focus between the University, the educator and the learner.

An action plan should ideally identify learning outcomes that have not been met thus far; learning activities required to meet targets; identifying support needed; agreed timescales and evidence needed to prove development (Walsh, 2014).

The visiting tutor should be contacted first and the action plan (below) completed collaboratively with the learner, educator and the visiting tutor.

Physiotherapy action plan (Word doc)

Review of action plan

An action plan should be regularly reviewed at agreed points to ensure the learner is making progress. Utilising an action plan can support the learner to achieve their goals, or provide evidence as to why a learner has failed to achieve their set learning outcomes or developed sufficiently despite support.

A review date should be set in the initial meeting and agreed by the practice educator, visiting tutor and the learner. These reviews should take place weekly until the student is performing at the required level or has failed the placement.

Physiotherapy review of action plan (Word doc)

Lapses in professionalism (LiP)

Clinical practice is a fundamental aspect of the development of professionalism, with clinical assessors responsible for the assessment of competence which establishes a student's fitness for practice. This is mirrored within the academic environment with Personal Tutors playing a key role in the development of educational proficiency and professional behaviour within the university setting.

Therefore, to ensure a holistic approach to the assessment and management of student professionalism between the practice learning setting and academic institution, our intention is to include a transparent monitoring and recording system that supports the identification of low and higher-level concerns.

The LiP process is a mechanism to report and action any unprofessional behaviour during the student’s period of registration. When a lapse is reported, this will trigger actions between key stakeholders to award tariff points to develop a facilitative action plan together with the student before they lead to more significant fitness to practice issues.

Find out more and report a lapse in professionalism