SPE3011 : Clinical Practice

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Janet Webster
  • Owning School:
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 13.0


To provide clinical practice that will allow students to implement, under supervision, a case based management approach, applying theory of assessment and intervention with reference to the evidence base, and to evaluate their own performance.
To build on the clinical skills developed in Clinical and Professional Education 2

Outline Of Syllabus

General clinical induction session
Semester 1 clinical tutorials to support clinical placements
Semester 1 clinical viva tutorial
Semester 1 placement (1 full day for 6 weeks, ½ day for 11 weeks)
Semester 2 block placement (4 days placement, 1 day preparation for 6 weeks)

Within clinical placements, there will be opportunities to:
1.Review case history information and/or take a case history
2.Plan & implement assessment
3.Consider the implications of the communication impairment for the client within a holistic framework
4.Consider ultimate, long-term & short-term goals for intervention
5.Implement intervention – establishing rapport with clients, devising an intervention programme, developing materials, reviewing progress etc.
6.Evaluate the impact of intervention, considering the effectiveness of intervention and the outcome for the client
7.Write professional reports
8.Reflect on and evaluate skills of self and others
9.Consier the roles of other members of the multi-professional team and liaise/work alongside other professionals as appropriate to the placement

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Semester 2
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning1192:00192:00Semester 2
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Semester 1
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning114:0044:00Semester 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00Induction lecture
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading68:0048:00Semester 2
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading112:0022:00Semester 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching32:006:00Viva preparation tutorials Clinical tutorials in semester 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

In clinical practice sessions, students are required to demonstrate application of theory to clinical practice in assessment, intervention and evaluation of therapy. Students receive 1:1 (and possibly small group) supervision on placement by experienced clinical educators. Students receive an initial clinical induction tutorial and a support tutorial in semester 1 with additional tutorials to support preparation for the unseen viva.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Aural Examination11A100N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Clinical Evaluation Report is completed by the Clinical Educator. It is a competency based assignment related to professional and statutory standards of proficiency. The unseen clinical viva provides an opportunity to demonstrate the relationship between theory and practice, applying theory to an unseen case in order to provide a communication profile, plan assessment and intervention and convey information to a carer. The written case report provides the student with opportunity to demonstrate written skill in conveying clinical and related theoretical information.

Reading Lists


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