1 School of Health and Society Practice learning : Final Placement Handbook BA (Hons) Social Work MA Social Work 2017/18. School of Health and Society Placement Unit, Room A101, Allerton Building Contact: NAPL2-1718. Contents Section 1 Introduction Page 3. Section 2 Preparation for Placement Page 5. Section 3 Placement Finding Page 6. Section 4 Placement Structure Page 11. Section 5 Expectations on Placement Page 13. Section 6 Supervision Page 16. Section 7 Reflective Diary Page 17. Section 8 Assessment Page 18. Section 9 Issues or Concerns on Placement Page 28. Section 10 Quality Assurance Processes Page 30. Appendices Appendix 1 HCPC Guidance on Conduct and Ethics for Student HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Work Appendix 2 The Professional Capability Framework Appendix 3 Mapping of the PCF against the SoPs Appendix 4 Whistle-blowing Appendix 5 Practice Advisory Panel (PAP) Terms of Reference 2.
2 Section 1 Introduction This Handbook is designed to act as a guide for students, Practice Educators, On-Site Supervisors and Tutors to the Practice learning experience incorporated in the BA (Hons) and MA in Social Work. This Handbook is accessible on Blackboard Practice learning 17 -18 and the online portfolio. All students who are training to become registered social workers have to complete assessed Practice placements. Students are required to complete a total of 170 days in a Practice setting, divided into 2 placements: a first Placement of 70 days and a Final Placement of 100 days. BA. students will go out to Placement in semester 1 in years 2 and 3, and MA students in semester 2, years 1 and 2. In addition, all students will complete 30 days of skills development throughout the programme, delivered in partnership between academics, practitioners and service users/carers to support them in moving into the Practice environment.
3 Progress to first Placement is subject to passing the Assessed Readiness for Direct Practice test. All placements within the Salford Programme are co-ordinated by the Practice learning Team (PLT). The PLT works closely with the co-ordinators in our Placement provider agencies and with Practice Educators across the region to ensure provision of excellent Practice placements for all students. All placements are quality assured to ensure that they provide appropriate learning opportunities and allow students to demonstrate competence within the Practice arena. Placements are managed within partnership arrangements across Greater Manchester and the North West Region. Placement components of the programme have been structured in line with requirements and guidance from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency (SOPS), The College of Social Work (TCSW/BASW) Professional Capabilities Framework (PFC), now hosted by BASW, and the Quality Assurance Agency.
4 This Handbook should be read in conjunction with the relevant programme Handbook . 3. The Practice learning Team The Practice learning Team can be contacted via email at or visit the administration team in Room AD101 (off the concourse), Allerton Building, Frederick Road Campus. The team also hold twice weekly drop in sessions where you can speak to a member of the team in person, Mondays and Fridays, 12-3pm. Administration: Room AD101, Allerton Building: Email Abigail Hewitt Placement Administrator Tel: 0161 295 2026. Christine Reay Placements Assistant Tel: 0161 295 2186. Lead for Practice Education / Practice learning Allison Coleman Senior Lecturer Module Leaders: Lecturer in Social Work ( Practice learning ). Su McCaughan First Placement Module Leader Lecturer in Social Work ( Practice learning ).
5 Gabi Hesk Final Placement Module Leader Lecturer in Social Work ( Practice learning ). Andrea Stanley Final Placement Module Leader Marie Shahin Lecturer in Social Work ( Practice learning ) 4. Section 2 Preparation for Placement Suitability The University of Salford has a robust admissions process for entry to its social work programmes. All students must have an accepted Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check and an accepted occupational health assessment, with details approved by the Admissions Panel. Placements cannot start unless this process has been satisfactorily completed, the timing of this will be dependent on your programme. Agencies may request to see your copy of the DBS report, and reserve the right to refuse a Placement to any student who they deem to be unsuitable. Students should ensure that they keep their own copy of the DBS report safe as the law does not permit the University to keep a copy on file.
6 Should you lose your report you will be required to pay for a further check to take place and this may cause delay to the start of the Placement . If your programme of study extends beyond the planned completion dates you may need to undertake a further check to ensure currency for the Placement provider. All students who interrupt study must complete a further occupational health assessment and DBS. check prior to returning to the programme. Students are required to self-declare annually upon re- registration any offences or behaviour likely to bring the profession into disrepute. Any concerns raised will be considered under Fitness to Practise / Admissions procedures. 5. Section 3 Placement Finding and Allocation The Placement finding process is complex and can be lengthy. Whilst many students are linked quickly with an agency, availability of placements at the University of Salford reflects the national shortage of social work placements across all Social Work Programmes.
7 Choice is therefore limited and the programme is under no obligation to provide an alternative Placement should a Placement offer be refused, unless a student has mitigating circumstances, for example that the Placement is unable to make reasonable adjustments to meet learning support plans. All placements are assessed as meeting professional regulatory body requirements and provide appropriate learning opportunities for the student to meet the HCPC Standards of Proficiency (SOPS) and the Professional Capabilities Framework (TCSW / BASW). Placement start dates within the programme timetable are approximate; however, the University is normally able to allocate placements in a timely manner. As placements are provided by external agencies we are dependent on their availability, which occasionally leads to later placements.
8 There will be regular communication with you throughout the Placement process and you will be given notice of when your Placement is likely to commence. Occasionally, placements may be delayed due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. The University cannot be held responsible for potential loss of earnings, and students are required to keep the university and Placement agency informed of any change of circumstances. This is a Salford based programme and placements will generally happen within a 50 mile radius of Salford. Students will not usually travel more than one and half hours to and from Placement . However, where students choose to live significant distances from Salford, this travel limit cannot be guaranteed. The Placement finding process All placements are coordinated by the Practice learning Team comprising of Module Leaders supported by the Placement Administrators.
9 Students are placed in a wide range of Practice settings including community, residential, health and education settings and may be in the independent or statutory sector. It is essential, in order to ensure Practice opportunities for all students, that all Placement arrangements are co-ordinated by the team. Many students bring great experience to the Programme, including valuable ideas about Placement opportunities. The team are happy to assess these as potential placements and they may then provide a valuable contribution to the Placement pool. If you are aware of a potential Placement opportunity, please email details of the address, phone number and contact name to and the appropriate Module Leader will assess the opportunities available with that agency. Students must not approach agencies directly themselves and cannot arrange their own Placement .
10 The process of Placement finding involves: 1) Students complete an electronic Placement request form and an additional information form. Both forms must be completed and emailed to within the agreed timescales indicated by the module leader. The purpose of these documents is to 6. identify particular areas of interest and inform the module leader of any sensitive issues that may need to be taken into consideration when placements are being allocated, for example if a family member is known to a particular service. a. A Placement briefing session will be timetabled for all students where advice will be given about completion of the forms. b. Placement module leaders will use the forms to identify how students' learning needs and previous experience can be used to help identify a Placement .