Practice Education is a vital component of the undergraduate degree programme (BSc Clinical Speech & Language Studies) that enables students to graduate, meeting the standards of proficiency as specified by CORU. The Practice Education programme has been developed by the Department, in association with the profession, to facilitate the integration of theory to practice and the development of clinical competencies to ensure students join the Speech and Language Therapy profession as competent entrants. It combines college-based activities, tutorials, and practice placements in a range of clinical settings.
The Practice Education programme would not be possible without close collaboration with practising Speech and Language Therapists in their role as Practice Educators (PE), Practice Tutors (PT) or Regional Placement Facilitators (RPF). In addition to sharing professional knowledge and skills with the next generation being intrinsic to the role of all Speech and Language Therapists, there have been a variety of documented benefits of providing practice placements for students, for example, in:
- supporting reflective practice, stimulates learning and encourages evidence-based practice
- helping keep up to date with current practice, models, and theories
- improving teaching, mentoring, and people management skills
- providing a useful resource (e.g. another pair of hands for group work or new initiatives)
- putting a different emphasis on day to day work, adds to the team dynamic, and brings energy
- enabling structured and unstructured learning activities in relation to the practice education of students which are recognised by CORU as CPD credits.
We hope you find the following web pages and links helpful. If you have any additional questions or comments, please email Duana Quigley, Practice Education Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (01- 896 1336, 086 145 3521).