Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for Educators

Please find below a summary of the questions we encounter most frequently, you will find the answers in the content cupboard below. If you can think of any other questions you would like to see answered here please feel free to e-mail me e.m.gibbens@bham.ac.uk or contact your Clinical Tutor

  • What is the selection process for prospective students?
  • What hours will the student need to work?
  • Is it true that the 1st year BSc placement is purely observational?
  • Can I ask the students to read specific material prior to the placement?
  • How are the students marked?
  • What happens if my student is unwell?
  • How much of the placement must a student complete to gain a mark?
  • What constitutes a failure on the grounds of safety?
  • Should I do a 1/2 way appraisal for every student?
  • What will the student have covered in University before coming out on placement?
  • What should I do if I think a student is failing the placement?
  • What uniform are the students expected to wear?
  • What happens when if a student fails a placement?
  • What happens if I have to send my student home from placement due to heavy snow?
  • Do you have guidelines for your student on what constitutes professionalism

Educator FAQs...

  • What is the selection process for our Physiotherapy students?

    Our students undergo rigorous screening processes that are outlined below: 

    CRB Enhanced Disclosure and Self-Declaration Process  

    Students Occupational Health Requirements
  • What hours will the student need to work?

    BSc Year 1

    The first placement is 4 weeks in length, 4 ½ days a week, 128 total hours. Generally this works out at 32 hours per week but this may be negotiable. Usually this entails 4 x 7 hour days + 1 x 4 hour day (does not include breaks). The location of the ½ day is flexible and should fit in with the needs of the service. As such the student should negotiate its timing with the educator prior to the start of placement.

    BSc Years 2 & 3

    Each placement is run over 6 weeks, 4 ½ days a week, 192 total hours. Generally this works out at 32 hours per week but this may be negotiable. Usually this entails 4 x 7 hour days + 1 x 4 hour day (does not include breaks). The location of the ½ day is flexible and should fit in with the needs of the service. As such the student should negotiate its timing with the educator prior to the start of placement.

    MSc (pre-reg) Students

    6 week placements, 180 hours total, 30 hours per week (not including breaks).This usually means 4 x 7.5 hour days (again timing of the study day should be negotiated between the student and educator prior to the start of the placement).
  • Is it true that the 1st year BSc placement is purely observational?

    No! All year 1 students will have covered basic subjective and objective examination along with all peripheral anatomy before their 1st placement (please see the Physio Course Overview for more details). Of course you will need to make a decision regarding the level of responsibility that you are willing to place with the student based on your perception of their ability. Although we recognize that all students are different, it is our experience that the majority of 1st year students take a full and active part in the placement experience.
  • Can I ask the students to read specific material prior to the placement?

    Definitely! In fact we actively encourage this practice. Some placements have provided us with an induction pack which we make available to the students, others provide a (brief) reading list consisting of easy to interpret, key articles/texts that that might help the students prepare for the placement. If you wish to do this you will simply need to contact the Clinical Tutor for your area.
  • How are the students marked?

    Take a look at the Assessment of Students page for more info on this subject.
  • What happens if my student is unwell?

    The student should notify you of their illness by phone at earliest opportunity on the day. They should also notify the school reception asap. This process should be followed for each day of absence.

    Please see the following document for full details regarding sickness reporting: 

    Sickness Flowchart (Updated April 2014)
  • How much of the placement must a student complete to gain a mark?

    Usually students need to complete at least 75% of the placement to gain a final mark.

    BSc Year 1 students must complete at least 96 hours.

    BSc years 2 & 3 must complete at least 144 hours.

    MSc (pre-reg) students must complete at least 135 hours.

    If you feel that your students hours may lie close to this mark by the end of the placement please contact the clinical tutor for your area as soon as possible.
  • What constitutes a failure on the grounds of safety?

    Consistent failure to practice safely within scope of practice with limited evidence of the ability of the student to recognize the pertinent issues and bring about the necessary changes in behaviour.”

    We have provided some detailed guidance for you as educators should you witness your student displaying unsafe practice. This information can be found at the back of each marking guide. (See the Assessment of Students page).
  • Should I do a 1/2 way appraisal for every student?

    Yes. See the Assessment of Students page.
  • What will the student have covered in University before coming out on placement?

    See the Programme Overview in the About page
  • What should I do if the student is 'safe' but I think they are failing in other areas?

    Again it is best if you contact the clinical tutor for your area as soon as you start to have concerns, they will be able to advise you of the best course of action at the time.
  • What uniform are the students expected to wear?

    Most placement providers will specify the kind of uniform they expect our students to wear by including the details on their placement profile.

    Our general guidelines are as follows:

    Navy trousers
    Physiotherapy tunic top
    A navy cardigan or sweatshirt (not hooded)
    Black or navy lace-up shoes with black or navy socks or white/blue or black trainers with white/navy or black socks (‘fashion’ trainers are not acceptable).

    (NB - On some practice placements such as paediatrics and gym work, navy tracksuit trousers and white polo shirt with the University logo are the accepted uniform.) 

    For further information on this subject please access the full uniform guidance given to the students. 
  • What happens if a student fails a placement?

    See Assessment of Students page for further details.

    Failed placements must be retaken. Where a student has failed a placement they will normally be allowed one resit in another setting. Resit placements are usually undertaken during the summer vacation and are normally of four weeks duration. Where the student is successful in resitting a Practice Placement Module, the minimum pass mark of 40% will contribute to the final mark.

    Only one resit of a practice placement module is normally allowed in any one year of study. Failure in a second practice placement module within an academic year will normally result in the student being required to repeat the year. A student who fails a repeated module will normally be required to withdraw from the programme.

    NB: If the student has submitted, and had accepted, mitigations for failure of a Practice Placement Module, the repeat placement will become a 'sit'. This will normally be six weeks in duration and the mark achieved for this repeat will be recorded (i.e. be taken as a first attempt mark, not ‘capped’ at 40% as for resits).
  • What happens if I have to send my student home from placement due to heavy snow? 

    Please see this document for guidance with regard to student attendance on placement and snowy weather conditions. 
  •  Do you have guidelines for your students on what constitutes professionalism?

    Yes we do. We use the guidelines prepared by the CSP in 2011,: Code of Members Professional Values and Behaviour 

    Our students are assessed with regards to Professionalism. See Assessment of students page.
     

FAQs for Students

Please find below a summary of the questions we most frequently encounter, you will find the answers in the content cupboard below. If you can think of any other questions you would like to see answered here please feel free to e-mail me (e.m.gibbens@bham.ac.uk)

  • How do I find out where I am going on placement?
  • What do I do if I am ill?
  • How are we marked?
  • Do I have my study time on the same day each week?
  • What if I lose hours because of a bank holiday or illness; can I make them up?
  • Is lunchtime included in my placement hours?
  • How do I know what uniform to wear?
  • What if I have been sent home from placement because of heavy snow, do I lose my hours?

Student FAQs...

  • How do I find out where I am going on placement?

    The details of where each student has been placed are released 6 weeks before the start of the placement. At that time login to WebCT to view your placement destination. Please see the Preparation for Practice Page for more information
  • What do I do if I am ill?

    You should notify your educator asap, ideally you should contact the placement before working hours commence. You should also notify N&P Reception on 0121 414 6893. This process should be followed for each day of absence.

    Please see the following document for full details regarding sickness reporting: 

    Sickness Flowchart (Updated April 2014)
  • How are we marked?

    Please see the Assessment of students page for more information on this subject
  • Do I have my study time on the same day each week?

    Not necessarily.

    BSc students have been allocated the equivalent of a 1/2 day and MSc (pre-reg) students are allocated a whole day each week for study during their placement. The location of this study time is flexible and should always fit in with the needs of the placement. Its location should be negotiated with your educator when you contact them prior to the start of the placement.
  • What if I lose hours because of a bank holiday or illness; can I make them up?

    Yes you can. Most students will try to work one or more of their study periods to make up the hours. You may also negotiate with your educator to start earlier, finish later or have a shorter lunch, however, please note that it is not always possible to take advantage of such options on all placements. Please be guided by your educator in such situations.
    Please note that it is customary for students to work their study day (or 1/2 day) in the week of a bank holiday.
  • Is lunchtime included in my placement hours?

    No, lunch is not included in your hours.
  • How do I know what uniform to wear?

    If you look on the placement profile there should be a section dedicated to the uniform requirements for that area. If there is no information in this section, please refer to the guidance provided in your practice placement handbook.
  • What if I have been sent home from placement because of heavy snow, do I lose my hours? 

    Please see this document for guidance with regard to student attendance on placement and snowy weather conditions.