Clinical Placements at UCL
Clinical placements are recognised as the cornerstone of speech and language therapy education. Our partnership with clinical colleagues in providing high quality practice-based learning is key to the future of our profession (Communicating Quality 3).
Students at UCL have the opportunity to work with people with a range of communication disorders in a range of settings under the supervision of a practice educator. They attend both weekly ongoing and block placements throughout their course (see Clinical Placements Programme)
All Speech and Language Therapy students are required to complete a minimum number of clinical experience hours divided between the broad groups of developmental and adult communication disabilities. The pre-registration programmes at UCL ensure that every student exceeds this minimum figure.
All UCL SLT students will have experience of working with children with developmental speech, language and communication disorders and with adults with acquired communication and/or swallowing disorders. However, not all students will have the opportunity to work with the whole range of client groups, as this is dependent on the specific placement offers we receive.
Our philosophy of learning at UCL focuses on the development of transferable skills and experiential learning. This ensures that, on qualification, all students will have the necessary skills and competencies to work with any client group and in any SLT setting.
Some examples of clinical specialisms in addition to those mentioned above include:
- Voice disorders
- Head & Neck/Laryngectomy
- Fluency disorders
- Adults or children with Learning Disabilities
- Eating and swallowing disorders
- Autistic spectrum disorder
- Hearing disorders
- Mental Health, including Dementia
On placement, depending on the setting, students may expect opportunities to:
- observe the practice educator
- assess clients
- plan treatment interventions
- carry out therapy
- evaluate the results of therapy
- write notes and reports
- discuss clients with the practice educator
- receive performance feedback from the practice educator
- work alongside other professionals
- work with and through relatives and/or carers to support clients
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