Final year students spend part of the year at a Practice Placement.
This valuable and life enhancing opportunity gives students the experience of working with particular groups of clients to whom they would not usually have
access in private practice.
The work placement experience has the effect of consolidating their therapeutic skills whilst developing the confidence to work in challenging environments, and ultimately enhancing employability.
The venues for this are based predominantly in the voluntary sector and have been selected to broaden students’ experience of client groups whilst also offering complementary therapies to service users who may have limited or no access to such provision. Student evaluations of this module reflect how valuable an experience it is, with many commenting that they would like the module to be extended if possible. Feedback from the host organisations demonstrates how valuable service providers and users have found the provision and how high they find the standard of the Cardiff Metropolitan University therapists.
Our placement providers include: Craig Y Parc school - for children with special needs, Greenhill Manor - a residential facility for adults with a range of special needs, including severe mental and physical disabilities and those requiring end of life care. Fairbridge Cymru – an organization which works with disadvantaged and disenfranchised young people, Gofal - for mental health service users, George Thomas Hospice, Sandville Court and Marie Curie Holme Tower - palliative care organisations.
Listen to our recent graduate Emily talk about work experience:
Work experience opportunities
Our therapists and graduates have been fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to work on a wide variety of individuals, at all levels of health and fitness.
They have been called upon to massage top athletes at Welsh Athletics competitions, and even massaged top athletes during the 2012 warm up for the Olympics. They have also provided massage for professional dancers performing at the Welsh Millennium Centre.
The complementary therapies team maintains contact with graduates after they have completed their degrees, offering current students the opportunity to work with and learn from graduates working in the field.