The thinking therapist

The details
Health and Social Care (School of)
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Sunday 25 April 2021
Friday 02 July 2021
28 February 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC B93024 Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

Module description

This module focuses on a thinking therapist, who can evaluate and synthesise diverse experiences and sources of information, to lead innovations in occupational therapy and sustain continuing professional development.

Module aims

This module aims to develop your knowledge of current trends and drivers for practice, including Government policies, research evidence, legislation and practice guidelines. Your critical understanding of how these sources influence the context in which we work and practice as occupational therapists will develop. To demonstrate your learning, you will be able to focus on a specific area of practice, and design an appropriate innovation to improve service delivery. This will develop your potential for leadership and entrepreneurship, and your potential future employability.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

Identify innovative ways of working for occupational therapy, by critically appraising the social and political context for a specific setting for health and/or social care...

Critically analyse different approaches implementing and evaluating an innovation, with reference to leadership and change management, to create a feasible and convincing business case for your idea.

Evaluate your learning process and the implications for your continuing professional development.

Module information

This module builds on learning from previous MSc Occupational Therapy modules, which will have given you deep insight into how occupational therapists approach the needs of service users and carers, based on an in-depth knowledge of occupational therapy philosophy and theory. In addition you will also have acquired practice-based skills and direct experience of several practice settings. It is therefore envisaged that you now have the underpinning knowledge and skills required to critically engage with our contemporary practice context, and identify the opportunities necessary to develop an innovative idea. This idea will reflect your own interests and plan for your future professional development.

Leadership, management and business development are all included in the module teaching, in order for you to critically appraise different service delivery structures and models (for example, social enterprise). Your self-directed and peer-led study will include reflecting on these different elements, along with models of change and ethical aspects of innovative practice.

Learning and teaching methods

Overview: The learning and teaching methods employed for this module can be divided into three: 1. Taught seminar-style sessions 2. Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL) 3. Independent self-directed study Lectures: The majority of the contact teaching for this module will be delivered via seminar style sessions, rather than conventional lectures. It is hoped that this style of teaching will be particularly helpful in fostering application, discussion and debate. In additional EBL will also be utilised within timetabled sessions within the module structure. Such learning will foster skills in working as a group/team member. Independent: The majority of the module learning will be undertaken via self-directed, independent learning. A module Moodle page will be provided to support this. To support your patchwork text development, you will record reflections on your learning in relation to this module and make contact with service settings that relate to your assessment topic. Placement: Whilst this module does not include placement learning you will draw on your experiences from your previous practice placements. Discussion with your peers could provide you all with ideas about service gaps or other potential areas of innovation. Online: A module Moodle page will be provided with relevant resources. Tutorials: A group assessment tutorial is scheduled within the module timetable, in order to support you in preparing your patchwork text. Skills: The skills enabled through the module structure and teaching include developing the ability to: - work as an autonomous and proactive professional once qualified - locate and appraise resources relevant to the context of your practice - work as a productive group member - communicate, promote and develop innovative ideas


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Patchwork Text     
Coursework   Resubmission Patchwork Text     

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Lindsey Nicholls, email: lindsey.nicholls@essex.ac.uk.
Hannah Duncan ipladmin@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Dr Roshni Khatri
UNiversity of Northampton
Subject Leader
Available via Moodle
Of 75 hours, 75 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information

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