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AHP students in public health settings - Toolkit 2: students

As part of your course, you may have the ability to source a placement opportunity and this should be checked and discussed with your education institution. 

Back to Supporting the Development of Placements for Allied Health Professional Students in Public Health Settings 

Toolkit 2: Allied Health Profession students

This toolkit aimed at students includes the following sections and accompanying checklists, templates and ideas to help support and guide you.  

  • Finding public health placements
  • Setting up public health placements
  • Learning areas
  • Establishing what the students will do
  • Supporting and supervising students
  • Assessing students

Download Toolkit 2: Allied Health Profession students


Top tips for student Allied Health Professionals from the case study authors

  • Take as many different types of placement opportunities as possible, even if these can only be insight days, and embrace many different ways of working.
  • Be prepared and review your own skills before undertaking the placement as well as during and after which helps to show how much you have learnt.
  • Be committed to understand what a public health perspective is asking of you.
  • Keep an open mind to opportunities.
  • Try to understand the population and their complexity of need; shift your perspective to working with complexity not conditions.
  • Aim to look under the bonnet of everything, understanding reality and how it connects with theoretical ideal world scenarios.
  • Ask as many questions as possible and put yourself forward.
  • Clinical skills are just one part of what you do; administration, communication, negotiation, being strategic, managing ‘team dynamics’, and how to facilitate change are all skills you need to thrive in a team and the wider system.  These skills help to develop our identities and you should try to develop these in your placement experiences.
  • The placements help to enhance your skills and so use these placements as an opportunity to have public health conversations and help behaviour change.
  • Talk to everyone and try to make connections.
  • Appreciate and understand the working practices of other Allied Health Professionals.
  • Work across the Allied Health Professions to try and create a common dialogue to support the public health agenda.
  • If you are running an event, try to do as much collaborative PR as possible to help attract people to events as well as casual passers-by.
  • Consider what the local population’s needs are and the best time to hold an event to enable people to stop and talk.
  • Acknowledge that you will be challenged professionally and personally but the benefits are worth the discomfort you might have.