1 November 2023
RCSLT have partnered with nine allied health professional (AHP) bodies to endorse a joint perspective on the principles of practice-based learning.
A follow up to the principles, developed last year by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT), the updated version was launched in a joint webinar on 19 October and with collaboration taking place across the ten AHP organisations.
A collaborative approach to inter-professional working is hugely important in practice, and engagement with shared principles for practice placements evidences this commitment from the earliest opportunity.
The principles reflect the RCSLT’s practice-based learning guidance in areas such as ensuring an inclusive and welcome learning environment on all practice placements, expecting flexible and supportive supervision for all learners, evaluating the impact of practice placements on learners and on SLT service delivery.
The principles act as a catalyst for conversation and structure thinking to support the thousands of practitioners who are delivering practice-based learning opportunities for our future workforce. Without a growing number of quality, sustainable placement opportunities we will not be able to prepare the AHPs of the future for practice. These principles provide a common-sense approach detailing current evidence and practical pointers to support the breadth of placement opportunities needed.
The AHP principles of practice-based learning are aimed at learners, universities and practice educators, and promote the view that, together we are developing the future SLT workforce.