Allied Health Professionals (AHP) & Healthcare Science

Within the Trust, we provide clinical placements for a wide range of both commissioned and non-commissiond Allied Health Professions and Healthcare Science programmes. 

Contact our practice placement facilitators

Chris Walker: 01332 785 266

Natalie Matchett: 01332 785 266


The Adult Audiology department provides a range of services including assessment and rehabilitation of patients with hearing and balance conditions. We provide our services to the population of Southern Derbyshire. We are on a list of AQP providers for Derbyshire and are in the process of seeking IQIPs accreditation.

Our service at the Royal Derby Hospital is located in the purpose-built Head and Neck Outpatient Unit. We have:

  • 5 purpose-built soundproof rooms
  • a vesitbular function laboratory
  • workshop area
  • 3 offices

Our department at London Road Community Hospital has:

  • 3 sound-treated rooms
  • workshop area

Students will spend time at both sites.

We work closely with the ENT department, and as such, students will come into contact with a range of different professions, including:

  • Consultant ENT surgeons
  • Audiovestibular physicians
  • Nurses
  • Healthcare assistants
  • Administrators

As we are a teaching hospital we provide teaching and training to a diverse group of learners including medical students, student nurses and school age work experience students.

Our practices and procedures include:

  • Pure tone evaluation
  • Acoustic impedence testing, including tympanometry and acoustic reflexes
  • Speech Audiometry
  • Evoked audiotory assessment including OAE, ABR and ACR
  • Balace assessment including VNG, caloric and sway testing
  • Rehabilitation of hearing loss including the fitting and verificatio of DSP hearing aids
  • Tinnitus assessment and management
  • Balance rehabilitation
  • Audiological assessment and management of adults with learning disabilities
  • Hearing aid maintenance
  • Domiciliary service for adults with hearing loss

Whilst on this placement, students will have many changes to develop their clinical skills and continue their professional development. There are a wide range of learning opportunities and insight visits available.We aim to meet individual learning needs and we will assist students in planning their time so that they can benefit as much as possible from their placement.




Dietetics training usually consists of a recognised university-based course (3-4 years full time) leading to a BSc Honours degree in Dietetics, or Nutrition and Dietetics. Successful completion of the degree means the individual is then eligible for registration with the Health Care Professions Council, whic is essential to work as a dietician in the NHS.

Course consist of a mixture of theory (communication skills, psychology, nutrition, biochemistry) and a period of practice-based learning in a hospital or community setting.

The practical trainign element totals approximately 1,000 hours and is spread throughout the course with an initial 3 weeks early on, followed by two 12-week placements in year 3, and the other in year 4.

Placement A - 3 weeks

This is designed to introduce students to the workings of the NHS and dietetic departments. It is mainly shadowing and observation, but the student is expected to complete nursing shifts, spend time with catering services, and generally see the dietician at work.

Placement B - 12 weeks

Identifies specific learing outcomes which have to be achieved within the 12 week period. These learning outcomes have been developed around overall knowledge, communication skills and professional practice. During this placement the student moves away from observation towards putting theory into practice. Support is provided to the students at all times from the staff within the dietetic department.

Placement C - 12 weeks

Further continuation of developing the necessary skills and achieving learning outcomes, however, towards the end of this placement the student should be ready to complete a period of consolidation showing they are ready to take on the role of a Band 5 dietician.

Dietetic students trainign at Nottingham University will be offered a practical placement anywhere from Barnsley to Northampton and across to Lincoln.

For more information, please contact Fiona Moor, Head of Dietetic Services:



Physiotherapists are trained at higher education institutions. They usually complete a 3-year BSc programme. This allows them to register as a phsysiotherapist with the HCPC.

At UHSB, we will take students from many different universities, both locally, nationally and internationally, whilst prioritising our commissioned healthcare programmes and our local agreements. They majority of the physiotherapy placements come from Univerisity of Nottingham and Sheffield Hallam University. Students are placed in a wide variety of clinical areas throughout inpatient, outpatients and the community setting.

For more information, please email:

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are trained at higher education institutions, they usually complete a 3 yera BSc or an accelerated MSc programme which will then allow them to register as an occupationa therapist with the HCPC.

At UHDB, we take students from many different universities both locally, nationally and internationally, whilst prioritising our commissioned healthcare programmes and our local agreements. The majority of occupational therapy placements come from the University of Derby and Sheffield Hallam University. These students are placed in a wide variety of clinical areas throughout inpatient, outpatients and the community settings.

For more information, please contact


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Orthoptics is a 3-4 year degree course that can be studied at Sheffield, Liverpool and Glasgow University. Student quality with either a BSc or B(Med)Sci, depending on the university. This allows them to register with the HCPC and practice as an orthopist.

The orthoptic department at UHDB currently take students from both Sheffield and Liverpool University. We take two students per placement in 4 week blocks, and accommodate 7 placements per year with different students each time. The students will develop their testing techniques within orthoptics, an gain an overview of working in a hospital eye department.

Please contact Michelle Wood - - or visit Orthoptic services for further details of what is offered at UHDB.

Diagnostic Radiography

Diagnostic radiographers work with the imaging department at UHDB. They provide services all over the Trust. Diagnostic radiography students are mainly taken from the University of Derby.

Therapeutic Radiography

Therapeutic radiographers are trained at higher education institutions. They usually complete a 3 year BSc programme over a 2-year PgD programme, which will then allow them to register as a therapeutic radiographer with the HCPC.

All of the radiotherapy placements come from Sheffield Hallam University. These students are rota'd into different areas within the department, including:

  • Linac treatment machines
  • CT
  • Clinics
  • Planning
  • Physics
  • Brachytherapy
  • Superficial treatment machines

We have prospective students from Sheffield Hallam University for day visits to allow an understanding of the profession in real terms and to allow feedback on their own suitability. We also take elective placements students from other universities within the Trusts local agreement.

For more information, please contact