Does your organisation work in a public health setting? Would you like to offer a placement to an Allied Health Professional student?
A new project from the Royal Society for Public Health would like to hear from you if you are interested in taking part. Funded by Health Education England, and with the support of Public Health England and the University of Lincoln, the RSPH has developed a website “Match Place” (match-place.co.uk) which helps connect students who are training in one of the 14 allied health professions to organisations in their area which serve the public’s health. This is being piloted in Leicester, Lincoln, Nottingham, Derby.
Across the East Midlands, the RSPH is looking for placements suitable for:
· Occupational Therapists
· Arts Therapists
· Diagnostic Radiographers
· Speech and Language Therapists
You can find out more about each of these professions on the NHS website, here.
Organisations who have hosted AHP students say that providing placements is an opportunity for them to enhance their service, deliver a project for which they would otherwise lack capacity, and learn from the students themselves. The majority of placement providers also receive financial compensation from the student’s university. By participating in this project, you will also become part of a learning network of organisations that are supporting health and wellbeing in the East Midlands, and help to shape the learning experience of AHPs across the country and, in turn, the patients they will care for throughout their career.
Universities will start to use Match Place to find placements from September, as they arrange placements for the winter and spring terms. Once a student matches with you on the website, their university will contact you to explore the opportunity in more detail. So, in between now and August, all you need to do is consider what a student could do with you on placement – whether a project they could develop or be involved in, or helping deliver activities within your service – and uploading details about your organisation and a potential placement onto our website. Placements can also be delivered virtually if there are services you provide digitally or you have a project which can be supported remotely.
If that sounds of interest to you and you would like to get involved please email Florence Gildea at the Royal Society for Public Health.