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Allied Health Professions (AHP) & Healthcare Science

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Within DHFT we provide clinical placements for a wide range of both commissioned and non commissioned Allied Health Professions and Healthcare Science programmes.  For more details on any other the professions, please click on the links.


Practice Placement Facilitators (PPF)

Jayne Seagrave: - 01332 7(85266) or 07769164024

Natalie Matchett -  01332 7(85266) or 07500976452

dhft.ppf@nhs.net

The role of the Practice Placement Facilitator (PPF) is to:-

Work alongside mentor and educators across all divisions to provide a high level of support in order to strengthen the practice learning experience in relation to high quality learning, assessment strategies, governing body requirements and completion of documentation through strong clinical leadership.

Enhance the learning experience and promote patient safety through strong clinical leadership.

The ways in which we can achieve this are:-
  • Working directly alongside and support the student workforce in practice areas

  • Supporting mentors/ clinical educators in clinical areas with student documentation and understanding and working with competency frameworks

  • Providing guidance and signposting

  • Promoting interprofessional learning opportunities

Audiology

The Adult Audiology department provides a range of services including assessment and rehabilitation of patients with hearing and balance conditions. We provide our services to the population of Southern Derbyshire. We are on a list of AQP providers for Derbyshire and are in the process of seeking IQIPs accreditation.

Our service at the Royal Derby Hospital is located in the purpose built Head and Neck Outpatient Unit. The unit houses the Audiology, ENT and Maxillofacial departments. We have 5 purpose built sound proof rooms, vestibular function laboratory, workshop and three offices. Our department at London Road houses three sound treated rooms and a workshop. Students will spend time at the RDH and LRCH.

We provide adult hearing aid services at 8 other locations in South Derbyshire including; Alfreton, Ashbourne, Belper, Heanor, Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Ripley and Swadlincote. Students are not expected to work at these locations.

We work closely with the ENT department and as such students will come into contact with a range of different professionals including consultant ENT surgeons, audiovestibular physicians, nurses, healthcare assistants and administrators. As we are a teaching hospital we provide teaching and training to a diverse group of learners including medical students, student nurses and school age work experience students.

Our practices and procedures include:

 

·         Pure tone evaluation

·         Acoustic impedance testing including tympanometry and acoustic reflexes

·         Speech Audiometry

·         Evoked auditory assessment including OAE, ABR and ACR

·         Balance Assessment including VNG, caloric and sway testing

·         Rehabilitation of hearing loss including the fitting and verification of DSP hearing aids

·         Tinnitus assessment and management

·         Balance rehabilitation

·         Audiological assessment and management of adults with learning disabilities

·         Hearing aid maintenance

·         Domiciliary service for adults with hearing loss

Whilst on this placement students will have many chances to develop their clinical skills and continue their professional development. There are a wide range of learning opportunities and insight visits available. We aim to meet individual learning needs and we will assist students in planning their time so that they can benefit as much as possible from their placement.

 

 

Please contact PLSU PPF's or Tendai Ngwerume -  tendai.ngwerume2@nhs.net for more details

 

Dietetics

Dietetics training usually consists of a recognised university-based course (of 3-4 years, fulltime) leading to a BSc Honours degree in Dietetics, or Nutrition and Dietetics. Successful completion of the degree means the individual is then eligible for registration with the Health Care Professions Council, which is essential to work as a dietitian in the NHS.

Courses consist of a mixture of theory (communication skills, psychology, nutrition, biochemistry) and a period of practice-based learning in hospital or community settings.

The practical training element totals approximately 1000 hours and is spread throughout the course with an initial three weeks early on followed by two 12-week placements in one in year 3 and the other in year 4.

Placement  A – 3 weeks

This is designed to introduce students to the workings of the NHS and dietetic departments. It is mainly shadowing and observation but the student is expected to complete nursing shifts, spend time with catering services and generally see the dietitian at work.

Placement B – 12 weeks

Identifies specific learning outcomes which have to be achieved within the 12 week period. These learning outcomes have been developed around overall knowledge, communication skills and professional practice. During this placement the student moves away from observation towards putting theory into practice. Support is provided to the students at all times from the staff within the dietetic department.

Placement C – 12 weeks

Further continuation of developing the necessary skills and achieving learning outcomes, however, towards the end of this placement the student should be ready to complete a period of consolidation showing they are ready to take on the role of a Band 5 dietician.

Dietetic students training at Nottingham University will be offered a practical placement anywhere from Barnsley to Northampton and across to Lincoln.

For more information then please contact Fiona Moor, Head of Dietetic Services: - fiona.moor@nhs.net

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapists are trained at higher education institutions, they usually complete a 3 year BSc programme which will then allow them to register as a physiotherapist with the HCPC.

At DHFT, we will take students from many different universities both locally, nationally and internationally, whilst prioritising our commissioned healthcare programmes and our local agreements.  The majority of the physiotherapy placements come from University of Nottingham and Sheffield Hallam University and these students are placed in a wide variety of clinical areas throughout inpatient, outpatients and the community settings.

For more information, then please contact dhft.physiostudents@nhs.net 

Physio Photos
Welcome to Therapy Services!! See the induction booklet below for details on your placement at DTHFT
See below for links to the placement information for specific Physio teams within Derby Teaching Hospitals.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists are trained at higher education institutions, they usually complete a 3 year BSc or an accelerated MSc programme which will then allow them to register as an Occupational Therapist with the HCPC.

At DHFT, we will take students from many different universities both locally, nationally and internationally, whilst prioritising our commissioned healthcare programmes and our local agreements. 

OT Educators

The majority of the Occupational Therapy placements come from the University of Derby and Sheffield Hallam University,  these students are placed in a wide variety of clinical areas throughout inpatient, outpatients and the community settings.

For more information, then please contact dhft.OTstudents@nhs.net 

Orthoptics

Orthoptics is a 3-4 year degree course which is based at Sheffield, Liverpool and Glasgow Universities, students qualify with either a BSc or a B(Med)Sci depending on the University, this allows them to register with the HCPC and practice as an Orthoptist.

The Orthoptic Department at DTHFT currently take students from both Sheffield and Liverpool Universities; we take 2 students per placement in 4 week blocks and accommodate 7 placements per year with different students each time. The student’s will develop their testing techniques within Orthoptics as well as having an overview of a working Hospital Eye Department.

Please contact Michelle Wood -  michelle.wood3@nhs.net or visit the Orthoptic page on the website for further details on what is offered at DTHFT

Diagnostic Radiography

 

Diagnostic Radiographers work within the Imaging department at DHFT.  They provide services all over the Trust.  Diagnostic Radiography students are mainly taken from the University of Derby.  

Therapeutic Radiography

Therapeutic Radiographers are trained at higher education institutions; they usually complete a 3 year BSc programme or a 2 year PgD programme which will then allow them to register as a therapeutic radiographer with the HCPC.

All of the radiotherapy placements come from Sheffield Hallam University and these students are rota’d into different areas within the department, including; Linac Treatment machines, CT, clinics, planning, physics,brachytherapy and superficial treatment machines.

We have prospective students from Sheffield Hallam University for day visits to allow an understanding of the profession in real terms and to allow feedback on their own suitability. We also take elective placement students from other universities with the Trusts local agreement.

For more information, then please contact rebekah.knight@nhs.net