Foundations for occupational therapy
Health and Social Care (School of)
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
14 March 2019
Requisites for this module
MSC B93024 Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)
You will introduced to the foundations for occupational therapy, studying informing theories and sciences of occupation, and learning core skills for professional practice. Theory and practice will be brought together in enquiry-based learning, developing your understanding of professional practice.
This module will offer different modes of learning as a foundation for future practice, to ensure the regulatory and legal context is understood within a developing critical appraisal of contemporary occupational therapy practice.
On successful completion of this module, the [learner] will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate occupational therapy in theory and in practice.
2. Engage in reflective and enquiry-based learning to synthesise and advance knowledge of human occupation, health and wellbeing.
3. Demonstrate critical judgement in applying professional knowledge, values and core skills in a given scenario.
Occupational therapy practice occurs in a range of health, social care and other settings where people require professional services to engage in occupations which promote health and wellbeing. To practice as an occupational therapist, registration with the Health and Care Professions Council is required. To be eligible for registration, a programme of study approved by the College of Occupational Therapists on behalf of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists has to be successfully completed. Therefore occupational therapy practice is based on a synthesis of knowledge of human occupation, understanding of professional standards and analysis of occupational issues in context. The broad range of contexts for practice requires occupational therapists to engage effectively with complex scenarios, evaluating priorities for service delivery in partnership with service users, carer and other providers.
Many pre-registration occupational therapy students come with relevant experience of these settings, but the diversity of those experiences means that no assumptions can be made about their prior learning. Thus this module ensures that all students have the opportunity to learn the foundations for occupational therapy prior to their first placement, which occurs directly after completion of the module, at the beginning of the Spring term.
Independent study will enable students to develop a critical and self-directed approach to learning, using the experiential core skills workshops and mandatory training as a focus for reflective learning. Study tasks will focus and direct learning about informing theories and sciences, considering the evidence and issues in application. Enquiry-based learning will provide a group setting for shared learning, giving students a forum for exploring prior learning, new learning and future learning needs. Tutorials with the personal academic tutor will set a foundation for individual professional development for the remainder of the programme.
- Straub, Richard O. (2019) Health psychology: a biopsychosocial approach, New York City, NY: Worth Publishers.
- Creek, Jennifer. (©2014) Creek's occupational therapy and mental health, Oxford: Churchill Livingstone.
- Wilcock, Ann Allart; Hocking, Clare. (2015) An occupational perspective of health, Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated.
- Jasper, Melanie. (2013) Beginning reflective practice, Andover: Cengage Learning.
- Boniface, Gail; Seymour, Alison. (2012) Using occupational therapy theory in practice, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Whiteford, Gail; Hocking, Clare. (2012) Occupational science: society, inclusion, participation, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Michelle B. Riba. (2011) Psychiatry and heart disease: the mind, brain, and heart, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
- Ice, Gillian H.; James, Gary D. (2007) Measuring stress in humans: a practical guide for the field, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. vol. Cambridge studies in biological and evolutionary anthropology
- (2017) Occupational therapy for people experiencing illness, injury or impairment: promoting occupation and participation, Edinburgh: Elsevier.
- Vito Bianchi; Alonzo Esposito. (2012) Cortisol: physiology, regulation and health implications, New York: Nova Science Publishers. vol. Human anatomy and physiology
- (©2013) From stress to wellbeing, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
- (2018) The Handbook of Health Behavior Change: Springer Publishing Company.
- Nicholls, Lindsey. (2013) Psychoanalytic thinking in occupational therapy: symbolic, relational, and transformative, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
- College of Occupational Therapists. (2015) Code of ethics and professional conduct, London: College of Occupational Therapists.
- Scaffa, Marjorie E; Reitz, S. Maggie; Pizzi, Michael. (c2010) Occupational therapy in the promotion of health and wellness, Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Co.
- Rice, Virginia Hill. (c2012) Handbook of stress, coping, and health: implications for nursing research, theory, and practice, Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.
- Duncan, Edward A. S. (2011) Foundations for practice in occupational therapy, Edinburgh: Elsevier.
- Creek, Jennifer. (c2010) The core concepts of occupational therapy: a dynamic framework for practice, London: Jessica Kingsley.
- Marieb, Elaine Nicpon; Keller, Suzanne M. (2018) Essentials of human anatomy & physiology, New York, NY: Pearson.
- Creek, Jennifer; Lawson-Porter, Anne. (c2007) Contemporary issues in occupational therapy: reasoning and reflection, Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||HS892 - Written Assignment, Patchwork Text (Summative Assessment)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Occupational Therapy teaching team
Cerys Somers & Hannah Duncan firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Bethan Collins
The University of Liverpool
Principal Lecturer in Occupational Therapy
Dr Roshni Khatri
UNiversity of Northampton
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Of 156 hours, 144 (92.3%) hours available to students:
12 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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