All trainees have four 6 month placements in the first 2 years of the programme. These are (in order) Child and Family, Adult, Older Adult/Health/Neuropsychology and Learning Disabilities. You will be on placement for 3 days each week. In the third year, you will have a longer placement of 9 months and will be on placement for either 3 or 4 days each week.
Placements are allocated according to a number of variables for each trainee, such as learning needs, trainee preference, previous experience, distance from home base and supervisors' requirements. We try to take these factors into account when deciding on each placement, so as to make an allocation that ideally suits you.
Over the three years we will try to ensure that each trainee has placements that cover a range of settings, therapeutic models and ways of working. This means that trainees' learning needs, and the need to develop necessary competencies, usually take preference above the other factors when making final decisions about placement allocation
Choice of third year placements is usually influenced by trainees' preferences for extending their experience in terms of working in a specialty, with a specific client group or using a therapeutic model. We also take into account each trainee's own learning needs, such as gaps in experience or areas of competency which need attention, and these factors will also influence the choice of placement. We share our placement resources with the Manchester and Liverpool programmes so all placements are arranged by negotiation between programmes. You will be on your third year placement for 3 days per week until your thesis is handed in, after which you will go for 4 days per week.
Being able to drive and owning a car is not essential for completing the programme, but probably makes the necessary travel to and within placements easier. Some placements necessitate frequent travel between bases during the day. Travel expenses are not paid for travel to your placement base unless the distance is greater than the distance from home to base (university), but are paid for travel between locations whilst working on placement.
Placements are spread all across the North West region, from Carlisle to Cheshire, and beyond. We will try our best to make sure that trainees do not have long commutes each day, but sometimes this is unavoidable. The average commuting time to most placements is under an hour.
Please see the guide from our curent trainees about placements for further information and tips about succesful placements.