Innovations in Allied Health Fieldwork Education: A Critical Appraisal.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Jones, Viv
Pub Date: 10/01/2011
Publication: Name: British Journal of Occupational Therapy Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. ISSN: 0308-0226
Issue: Date: Oct, 2011 Source Volume: 74 Source Issue: 10
Topic: NamedWork: Innovations in Allied Health Fieldwork Education: A Critical Appraisal (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: McAllister, Lindy; Paterson, Margo; Higgs, Joy
Accession Number: 271053266
Full Text: INNOVATIONS IN ALLIED HEALTH FIELDWORK EDUCATION: A CRITICAL APPRAISAL. Lindy McAllister, Margo Paterson, Joy Higgs and Christine Bithell, eds. Sense Publishers, 2010. $99.00. 358 pp. ISBN 978-94-6091-321-1

This is the most exciting book about placement education to have emerged for some time: it is a research-based edited text and the result of collaboration between the United Kingdom, Canadian and Australian providers of allied health education. As such, it has an international and multiprofessional perspective which adds depth to the themes presented.

The book shares ideas for innovative practice not simply designed to address a dearth of placements but to meet the needs of a changing student population, education and workplace, and to take into account communication and technological advances. There is a genuine flavour of quality improvement, currency, innovation and sustainability that makes it interesting and stimulating to read.

Launched by an excellent introduction which establishes the scene and challenges for placement education, the book is arranged in nine sections of short and very readable chapters. Of particular relevance to education at present are the sections on the use of information and communication technology in placement education, and peer and multiprofessional learning and supervision. Amongst the many ideas explored are simulated and standardised patients using actors or technology; videoconferencing from placement for classroom-based discussion; university-based clinics; replacing direct supervision with peer learning and remote, cross-disciplinary supervision; multiprofessional international placements; student-led multidisciplinary 'training' wards; and online learning programmes for educators. The section on student assessment is particularly relevant to educators engaged in gaining and maintaining their Apple accreditation.

Not all of the initiatives are new or unfamiliar in the United Kingdom, and some strategies are more relevant to educational establishments whose geographical areas make placement provision more challenging. Neither is it a 'how to supervise students' book but, rather, how it could be done differently, or what the future of placement education might include. It is an essential book for all those involved in placement planning, organisation and delivery.

Viv Jones, Senior Lecturer/Practice Placement Tutor, University of Salford.
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