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Tips for Embracing New Placements in Mental Health and Learning Disability Services

Tips for students

  • Be open minded to placements in mental health or learning disability settings
  • Talk to previous students about their experiences and ask what they learned
  • Think about going to placement in pairs or small groups if possible, or link up with other students on similar placements and share ideas, offer support
  • Celebrate what you achieve, write case studies, vignettes, share with course leaders and fellow students 

Tips for HEI’s 

  • Make connections with your local mental health and learning disability service providers
  • Look at non-NHS settings as well as NHS settings – Local Authority, schools, special education providers, care homes, hospices, community advocacy services, supported housing providers and activity providers will all benefit from AHP student placements
  • Consider alternative and innovative placement models such as project and leadership placements. Could these been offered in collaboration with another placement setting such as a physical health care setting?
  • Think creatively about how placement support and supervision can be provided, particularly in role emerging placements – small group supervision, online supervision sessions and working in partnership other organisations where particular AHP’s are established are all good starting points
  • Consider developing short case studies to highlight the benefits of previous placements in mental health and learning disability settings for both students and prospective placement providers

 Tips for Placement Providers

  • Think creatively about where AHP student placements might offer new interventions. Can you involve service users and families in this?
  • Look at opportunities for expanding services, split supervisory responsibility and placements or trying new approaches in services
  • Consider developing split placements across physical and mental health/learning disability services. This can increase capacity and allow crossover models for supervision.
  • Think creatively and link with HEI’s to explore possible placement ideas and options for support and supervision
  • Partner with neighbouring Trusts or other organisations to explore a partnership approach, particularly with placement support and supervision ideas
  • Celebrate student placements and the benefits they bring to patients and service users, using social media and internal communications to share learning

An image showing a student on placement.