Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)
Department of Allied Health Professions (AHP)
This Hallam Guild project aims to develop support resources for both international healthcare students on placements and the staff that support them. Through collaboration with staff and students, support resources will be developed in order to overcome cultural and communication barriers. The project has three main intentions:
-increase retention: by providing more targeted preparation for practice and addressing some of the cultural/language barriers and providing strategies for students pre-placement would give them the best opportunity and time to meet the practice standards required to pass their practice placements and hence increase retention.
-increase highly skilled employment or further study- passing practice placements successfully is essential to gaining a qualification in occupational therapy and physiotherapy which are both deemed to be highly skilled employment.
– increase student satisfaction: students will feel more supported in their practice placements and in the preparation for these and feel that their specific issues are being acknowledged and addressed by both university and practice placement staff. Lack of understanding of some of the cultural issues by practice staff can affect the quality of support perceived by students that they are receiving.
For further information contact the project lead Shirley Masterson, firstname.lastname@example.org