IAPT Applied Clinical Practice Placement

Module titleIAPT Applied Clinical Practice Placement
Module codePSY3304
Academic year2016/7
Module staff

Dr Robert Kidney (Convenor)

Dr Robert Kidney (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

The IAPT Applied Clinical Practice Placement module consists of a clinically active placement within an IAPT stepped care service. You will be working as an honorary employee under supervision. The module represents the culmination of the PWP clinically-based competencies and knowledge you have developed across your degree programme. It will equip you with an understanding of the complexity of peoples’ health, social and occupational needs and the services that can support people to recovery. It will develop your decision-making abilities and enable you to use supervision to recognise when and where it is appropriate to seek further advice, a step up or a sign-posted service. This module will familiarise you with the concept of diversity, inclusion and multi-culturalism and equip you with the necessary knowledge and competencies to operate in an inclusive values driven service. Diversity represents the range of cultural norms including personal, family, social and spiritual values held by the diverse communities served by the service within which you are operating. You must operate at all times from an inclusive values base that promotes recovery and recognises and respects diversity.

To undertake this module you must have successfully passed PSY1301, PSY2301 and PSY2302 including having undertaken the five day placement block in Stage 2 of the programme and all required individual elements of assessment. This module is non-condonable and has a 100% attendance requirement. Should you miss any hours of placement during this module you must make up this time in the clinical setting before the module can be completed in a formalised action plan. Should you not meet the clinical or academic requirements of this module then you will fail the module and therefore fail the BSc Applied Psychology (Clinical) programme. You will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence of achieving the required clinical outcomes during placement that the service manager or supervisor will then ratify if they agree that you have met them and provided sufficient evidence of doing so.

During the placement you are an honorary contracted employee of the service and therefore your time and the content of the placement provided is managed and led by the service. You must adhere to their requirements and policies and procedures at all times. There are strict service-based governance requirements regarding your conduct on the clinical placement. You must adhere to the BPS Code of Conduct, BPS Social Media Guidelines and the policies and procedures of the placement area including management of risk and confidentiality as well as safeguarding at all times. It is your responsibility to ensure you are familiar with the requirements of your specific placement area and its policies and procedures. This module cannot be passed if you are not able to complete the module due to misconduct, a fitness to practice issue or due to removal from the placement due to a breach of the employee regulations for the area in which the placement takes place.

Module aims - intentions of the module

In this module you will apply your clinical competency in low intensity cognitive behavioural therapy and further your knowledge of applied practice in IAPT. You will gain a critical appreciation of the concepts of diversity, inclusion and multi-culturalism and will be able to apply this knowledge to inform your clinical practice within a mental health setting.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Apply the common factor competences necessary to develop individualised therapeutic alliances that enable patients (and where appropriate their carers) to be purposefully involved in a partnership of care
  • 2. Identify and manage patients’ emotional distress and disturbance through the use of interpersonal skills and evidence-based interventions
  • 3. Effectively manage a case load of patients with common mental health problems efficiently and safely whilst ensuring prompt and efficient access to care for patients on the worker’s case load including referral to step up and signposted services
  • 4. Critically reflect upon, and use case management and clinical skills supervision competently to assist the programme member’s delivery of low-intensity psychological and/or pharmacological treatment programmes for common mental health problems and to enhance their personal development
  • 5. Record accurately and competently interviews and questionnaire assessments using paper and electronic record-keeping systems as required by the placement provider
  • 6. Gather competently patient-centred information on employment needs, well-being and social inclusion to both incorporate into practice and in liaison and signposting to other agencies delivering employment, occupational and other advice services to benefit the needs of all patients
  • 7. Respect individual differences in age, sexuality, disability, gender, spirituality, race and culture, and show that these differences are valued within mental health settings
  • 8. Demonstrate knowledge of, and competency in responding to peoples’ needs sensitively with regard to all aspects of diversity, including cultural diversity, working with older people, the use of interpretation services and taking into account any physical and sensory difficulties patients may experience in accessing services, and demonstrate knowledge of the need to refer to appropriate services
  • 9. Demonstrate knowledge of, and commitment to a non-discriminatory, recovery-orientated values base to mental health care and to equal opportunities for all and encourage people’s active participation in every aspect of care and treatment
  • 10. Evaluate critically the power issues in professional/patient relationships
  • 11. Operate within your own level of competence and boundaries of competence and role, and work within a team and with other agencies with additional specific roles which cannot be fulfilled by the worker alone
  • 12. Evaluate critically and apply theoretical ideas, research evidence and ethical codes of conduct to the treatment and support of individual patients with a range of backgrounds

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 13. Summarise applicable ethical and legal issues informing practice and operate at all times according to the programme placement, service, university and BPS codes of conduct and ethical practice
  • 14. Reflect critically upon the processes and outcome of clinical work in relation to theory and research evidence to identify personal strengths and learning needs

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 15. Make a positive contribution to the practice placement area
  • 16. Operate effectively as part of a team and within the service structure and governances
  • 17. Comply with the programme Code of Practice for Clinical Placements, relevant university codes of conduct and the BPS professional body code of ethical practice
  • 18. Critically reflect on personal practice, set personal learning goals and evaluate progress

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The course content, module specific learning objectives, style of delivery and assessment for this module are as dictated by the national low intensity Improving Access to Psychological Therapies curriculum. Content will include:

  • Non-discriminatory, recovery-orientated values to mental health
  • Respecting individual differences related to age, sexuality, disability, gender, spirituality, race and culture
  • Responding appropriately to people with diverse needs
  • Understanding physical and sensory problems and access difficulties
  • Equal opportunities
  • Encouraging active participation in care and treatments
  • Power issues in treatment and therapy
  • Professional/patient relationships
  • Supervision in low intensity CBT and IAPT services
  • Employment and occupational wellbeing
  • Social inclusion and recovery-orientated values

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching20Lectures and seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Fortnightly clinical supervision across terms 1 and 2 (1 hour)
Guided independent study50Reading and preparation for lectures
Guided independent study50Reading and preparation for clinical planning scenario presentation and reflective commentary
Guided independent study45.5Reading and preparation for practice and patient work
Placement262.534 days of placement in total, of which 80 hours recorded clinical contact must be accumulated


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Personal and professional development planning portfolio2000 wordsAllWritten

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Reflective commentary (failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)251500 wordsAllWritten
Case study upon a patient assessed and/or treated during placement and use of supervision to support working with that case (failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)503000 wordsAllWritten
Clinical skills competency planning scenario on a case of diversity (this is an assessment of clinical competency and is Pass/Fail only; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)2515 minutesAllWritten and oral
Log of clinical contacts and hours within the placement setting (this is an assessment of clinical competency and is Pass/Fail only; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)0Log of clinical contacts and hoursAllWritten
Log of supervision hours within the module (this is an assessment of clinical competency and is Pass/Fail only; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)0Log of supervision hoursAllWritten
Placement outcomes document signed off by the service for service-based practical competencies 0No word limitAllWritten
Personal and professional development planning portfolio (this is an assessment of competency and is Pass/Fail only; failure in this assessment will lead to failure in the module and the programme)02000 wordsAllWritten


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Reflective commentary Reflective commentary AllProgramme Lead to advise
Case studyCase studyAllProgramme Lead to advise
Clinical skills competency planning scenarioClinical skills competency planning scenarioAllProgramme Lead to advise
Log of clinical contactsLog of clinical contactsAllFour weeks from the date that feedback was provided
Log of supervision hoursLog of supervision hoursAllFour weeks from the date that feedback was provided
Placement outcomes documentPlacement outcomes documentAllSee re-assessment notes
Personal and professional development planning portfolioPersonal and professional development planning portfolioAllFour weeks from the date that feedback was provided

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to resit the failed assessment. The module mark given for re-assessment as a result of referral will be capped at 40%.

If a placement outcome is not achieved a three way action plan will be initiated to allow a further limited period of time for the outcome to be achieved. If the outcome is not achieved within the date agreed in the action plan you will fail the assessment and this will result in a fail overall on the module and on the award of the BSc Applied Psychology (Clinical) programme.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Core reading:

  • Richards, D. Chellingsworth, M. Turpin, G. and Hope, R (2010). Reach Out Guide for the supervision of psychological wellbeing practitioners. Rethink. Department of Health. London.
  • Hughes, J. and Youngson, S. (2009). Personal Development and Clinical Psychology. Chichester: Wiley.
  • O’Hagan, K. (2001). Cultural Competence in the Caring Professions. London: Jessica Kingsley.
  • Repper, J. and Perkins, R. (2003). Social Inclusion and Recovery. London: Bailliere Tindall.

Wider reading:

  • Bennett-Levy, J., Richards, D. et al (2010). Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Interventions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Lester, H. and Glasby, J. (2006). Mental Health Policy and Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Myles, P. and Rushforth, D. (2007). A Complete Guide to Primary Care Mental Health. London: Robinson.
  • Thornicroft, G. (2006). Shunned: Discrimination Against People with Mental Illness. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Pilgrim, D. and Rogers, A. (2005). Sociology of Mental Health. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Rogers, A. and Pilgrim, D. (2003). Mental Health and Inequality. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

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Key words search

Supervision, placement, diversity, equal opportunities, recovery-orientated values, personal and professional development planning

Credit value45
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

PSY1301, PSY2301, PSY2302

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