How are placements implemented?
Placements are organised by the University liaising with healthcare trusts and industry to allow the student to have hands on experience to develop practical skills and apply their knowledge in a supervised work environment. The placements are usually full time and mirror the usual working hours of the department.
The traditional model of practice placement delivery has historically been one dietitian to one student at any given time although a number of different team members might be involved in delivery of the overall placement. This structure reflects the nature of the work of the qualified dietitian within the NHS, who will on the whole, manage their own individual caseload. However, whilst valid, this model is neither sustainable nor necessarily cost or resource efficient for all elements of the pre-registration programme.
The BDA welcomes a variety of practice placement delivery styles and mechanisms. These are discussed in detail within the Practice Education Module along with practical methods of implementing effective teaching methods to placement students.