Student information

Occupational Therapy Student Placements

We offer one UK University clinical placements for 2nd and 3rd Year BSc or MSc Occupational Therapy students. We welcome applicants from other UK universities seeking an elective Occupational Therapy placement.  We are unable to accommodate overseas students.

Due to the specialist nature of our work, there will be large components of the placements which are observational and students may not be able to hold an individual caseload. However clinical supervisors will facilitate appropriate learning needs and aim to ensure placement objectives are met.

Our clinical teams are able to offer student placements in the following areas:

  • Orthopaedics and spines
  • International and Private Patients
  • Rheumatology/Plastics
  • Neuro-disability Service
  • Neurology
  • Haematology, Oncology, immunology and Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Long term ventilation

The placements are subject to availability and staffing levels.

If you are a UK Occupational Therapy student and are interested in applying for a placement please email

If you are not an Occupational Therapy student we will not respond to you.

Are you interested in a career in occupational therapy?

We offer a one to two-hour information session on the role and scope of paediatric occupational therapy and our work at Great Ormond Street Hospital. This talk is aimed at those interested in applying for an undergraduate occupational therapy degree programme or a Masters’ programme in occupational therapy (pre-registration). We are unable to offer work experience or shadowing opportunities. 
The session includes:

  • a pre-reading list to help participants prepare for the session in advance
  • a talk presented by two senior occupational therapists
  • watching video clips of therapists providing treatment
  • hand-outs of the session slides
  • group discussion
  • a certificate of attendance which can be used to support a university application

During the session, the therapists are available to answer questions about the profession of occupational therapy, their experiences as students and professionals, and about their work with children.

Information Session Dates for 2018:
27 November 2018 between 3.00pm - 5.00pm

How to apply:
Email the occupational therapy department to request a place at the session of your choice.

Please include the following details in your email:

  • Name
  • Telephone number
  • Please also inform us which course you are planning to apply for
  • Date of the session you would like to attend

We would appreciate notice if applicants are not able to attend.