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Adapting student practice placements in response to COVID-19: 'Get there together' a digital stories project for people living with dementia

Clarke, Maria ORCID:, Rowlands, Rachel, Morecroft, Sarah, Begum, Samira, Evans, Jennifer, Ford, Abigail, Morgan, Jordan, Prior, Isobel and Slater, Caitlin 2022. Adapting student practice placements in response to COVID-19: 'Get there together' a digital stories project for people living with dementia. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin 78 (1) , pp. 21-28. 10.1080/14473828.2021.1975918

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The impact of COVID-19 has been harshly felt by occupational therapists in practice and students requiring practice education placements. A collaboration between Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) and Cardiff University enabled 10 undergraduate students to undertake their final placement by participating in a Digital Stories Project. This placement was innovatively designed to allow students to meet their learning objectives remotely, reducing clinical days in adherence to social distancing measures. The ‘Get There Together’ project was created by the national steering group after identifying the devastating impact COVID-19 had on people affected by dementia when accessing community occupations. The students collaborated with service users to identify areas that they wanted to visit, creating digital recordings explaining what to expect due to COVID-19 rules. This paper will focus on the conception and development of the Digital Stories Project, which helped increase placement capacity for occupational therapy students, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 1447-3828
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 January 2022
Date of Acceptance: 29 August 2021
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 10:25

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