PLMCP2-Clinical Practice 2

Module Provider: Clinical Language Sciences
Number of credits: 60 [30 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: All MSc Speech and Language Therapy year one modules
Co-requisites: All MSc Speech and Language Therapy obligatory year two modules
Modules excluded:
Placement opportunity: Mini placement
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Ms Carol Fairfield


Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module develops students’ clinical competencies further to enable them to attain the competencies for graduate level entry to the speech and language therapy profession.


The aim of this module is to continue to develop the students' clinical skills in a variety of clinical settings and client groups,  to equip them for independent clinical practice. During this year students will assess, diagnose and manage communication/swallowing disorders in children and adults (with appropriate support). The students will demonstrate competency levels in all these areas, sufficient for graduate entry to the speech and language therapy profession.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module it is expected that that students will be able to:

  • evidence an appropriate level of clinical knowledge and skills that will allow entry into the profession demonstrating adherence to relevant competencies identified by regulatory (HCPC standards of proficiency and HCPC standards of conduct, performance and ethics) and professional (RCSLT) bodies

  •  assess the nature of a range of communication/swallowing disorders in adult and paediatric clients, differentially diagnose and design holistic appropriate management plans;

  • demonstrate the ability to be flexible in the delivery of treatment and evaluate the effectiveness of therapy within the client’s social and communicative environment;

  • show professional development including critical self reflective skills

  • explain and understand the function of speech and language therapy within the health, social care and education services;

  • demonstrate recognition of the changing role of the speech and language therapist working with children and adults with communication problems and the importance of continuing professional development and

  • Select and organise knowledge and arguments in written and oral form

Additional outcomes:
•Students will demonstrate professional competencies in communicating verbally and in written form with other professionals
•They will become aware of the diversity of clinical practice and learn to work in a variety of settings with and alongside a range of other professional workers

Outline content:

Clinical placements: Students attend a variety of weekly adult, paediatric and specialist client group placements in a number of settings such as schools, community clinics, domiciliary visits, hospitals and other venues which are all assessed with reference to the HCPC standards of proficiency. Students work under the supervision of a qualified speech and language therapist and may work with other members of the multidisciplinary team such as teachers, psychologists, nurses and other health workers. The students become increasingly responsible for assessing, diagnosing and treating clients with support from the supervising clinician. Students complete a block of four weeks of clinical sessions during the summer vacation (following year one) and a block during or after the Easter vacation in year two. Weekly clinical placements take place up to two days a week in autumn and spring term. They will also attend the linguistic assessment clinic within the university speech and language therapy clinic.

Clinical Tutorials: clinical tutorials are held in the Autumn and the Spring terms which focus on the development of clinical reasoning skills in assessment, management and holistic client management, as well as the further development of professionalism. Further guidance on clinical work and development of clinical skills is given in group and individual tutorials. Students have the opportunity to practice and demonstrate developing leadership skills within seminars

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Four hours of group tutorials in Autumn and Spring terms, attendance at the Linguistic Assessment Clinic within the Speech and language therapy clinic at the University. Students learn through observing and working under the supervision of practising clinicians, through direct instruction, discussion of clinical cases and through verbal and written feedback.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Tutorials 4 4
Practicals classes and workshops 4 4
Guided independent study 82 82
Placement 245 175
Total hours by term 335.00 265.00
Total hours for module 600.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 25
Oral assessment and presentation 65
Practical skills assessment 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
A case study of 2,500 words to be submitted in the Spring term and two clinical examinations held in the summer term.

Formative assessment methods:
Report produced in LAC, ongoing formative feedback within clinical placements on a weekly basis.

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information:

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 50% in the module (with all assessments submitted and a mark of no less than 40% in any one assessment).

Reassessment arrangements:
Resubmission of coursework, or re-examination of clinical examination by September

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: Travel to one two day a week placement in each of Autumn and Spring terms (total approx. 30 days). Costs reported by students vary from £39 to £400+ per placement, with the median being approximately £115 per placement across the year. The cost will vary each term. There may be accommodation costs for Summer vacation block placement and Easter block placement depending on location, but we endeavour to avoid this wherever possible

Last updated: 22 May 2018


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