Preparation (Students Must Read)

Preparation (Students Must Read)

In preparing for placement learning, students must read all the information on this page

Practical work experience is at the heart of all SHU courses and is delivered through placements in relevant workplaces. We work in partnership with NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and many private, independent and voluntary sector providers to provide the required experience for our students.

Your placement attendance, learning and practice will be an assessed part of your course. On placement, you work with experts, professionals and service users gaining experience, and developing your knowledge and skills for people with a wide range of health and social care needs.

You will develop your confidence in using your core skills in traditional and emerging areas of practice; enhancing your employability on completion of the course. During your time on placement, your experience will reflect the working times of the team you work with on placement.

This page provides students and clinical partners with key information needed to prepare for and get the most out of practical work experience. Follow the link below to find shared information to help any student approach preparation for placement from a learning perspective. Within this profession specific pages, you will find more clinically focused support and guidance for your area.

Professional Requirements

Student Pre-Clinical Induction on the Physiotherapy Course (Mandatory Training)

In year 1 students complete the following online training:

  • Professional Induction & University Rules and Regulations
  • Resuscitation
  • Moving & Handling
  • Data Security Awareness
  • Equality and Diversity & Human Rights
  • Fire Safety
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Preventing Radicalisation - Basic Prevent Awareness
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Health safety & Welfare

And practical sessions in

  • Basic Life Support
  • Moving and Handling
  • Moving and Handling with equipment

Students will not be cleared for placement until this training has been successfully completed.
Where required they will be repeated in the course programme to ensure they meet satisfactory professional requirements for placements.

Placement Planning Life Cycle

Student Guidance

Important - you must familiarise yourself with the following policies and guidance, held in the Policy Library/Student Guidance Policies section of this website (Link to Sheffield Hallam University webpage).

  • Reporting Incidents, Accidents or Concerns
  • Health and Safety
  • Data Protection
  • Inclusivity
  • Staying Safe 
  • Working Hours
  • Travel
  • Uniform

Induction to your Allocated Placement

As soon as you have received confirmation of your allocated placement, you must check communications including emails from your placement provider or the university's Professional Placement Team informing you of the date, time and location of your placement induction event. 

Students must attend the placement provider's induction event in order to continue on their allocated placement.  If you are unable to attend for any reason you must inform your placement provider and the university's Professional Placement Team using your university email address before the scheduled event.

Assessment of Practice Documentation

As a student it is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with your assessment of practice documentation and practice learning outcomes for the placements you attend.  This will help you to plan for and document your placement learning opportunities and support your practise supervisors and assessors to provide you with feedback using the assessment of practice documentation appropriately.

You must document in the CPAF all hours you attend on your placement - please see the Attendance page for details.


You must familiarise yourself with PARE and ensure that you can align your allocated placements to your PARE profile.  PARE provides useful information about your placement to help you to prepare for your placement learning experience.

PARE provides you with a placement learning evaluation survey (NETS) which you must submit when you complete your placement learning experience.  Further information is provided on the Evaluation page on this website.

Placement Objectives

You will find the validated course placement learning domains in the CPAF documents on the Assessment page on this site.

Students will be asked to create some individual placement objectives to demonstrate their learning on placement. These should be Specific, Measurable Achievable Realistic Time-framed (SMART).  Please refer to the relevant CPAF document for your placement on the Assessment page on this site.

You will also be expected to do some pre-placement reading specifically for your area. Please consult your placement profile or discuss with your practice educator.

HCPC and Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Guidance

You will find essential guidance from the HCPC and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy on the Quality Assurance page of this site.