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Patient and staff in corridor
Common conditions:
  • Colorectal surgery

  • ENT

  • Gynaecological

  • Breast surgery

  • Head & Neck – including trachi surgery

  • Vascular – amputations, stents, angioplasty,

  • General surgery

  • Emergency surgery – e.g. pancreatitis, gall bladder surgery

  • Medical outliers

Learning Opportunities

You will have the opportunity to:

Assess patients and contribute to the discharge planning process.


Learn about and put into practice safe moving & handling techniques.


Gain knowledge of adaptive equipment, how to use safely and understand clinical reasoning for the related issue.


Develop your clinical reasoning skills and apply taught theory and approaches to practical application of OT in an acute setting.


Develop and demonstrate skills in clinical thinking and show awareness of the need to refer to other services where appropriate and contribute to the completion of the process.


Demonstrate time management and workload prioritisation skills.

Learning Outcomes

On the completion of the placement, you should be able to:


Identify appropriate OT referrals.

Gather information to inform the OT process.


Build therapeutic relationships to affect assessment outcomes.


Complete initial interviews with support.


Plan on-going assessments with support.


Communicate effectively with all appropriate persons involved in patient care and with consent of patients' relatives and carers.


Ensure safe practice and safe timely discharges to appropriate destinations.

Student working hours

Monday – Friday  8:00-4:00

Chesterfield Royal Hospital entrance
Day 1

Please contact your educator at least 2 weeks beforehand to arrange a pre-placement visit and send your CV to them.


At this point we will discuss pre-placement reading, issue you with a learning pack and discuss arrangements for your first day.


Please familiarize yourself with surgical procedures within the specialisms listed below.


Directions: Click here for directions and map of the hospital. The site is accessible via public transport.

Photos: Chesterfield Royal Hospital

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