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Student Placements

Here at Ipswich hospital we play an active part in occupational therapy student education by having occupational therapy students on placement from our local higher education institutes such as the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex. We also welcome students from other universities.

Student Information Pack
If you have a placement with us at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust please click on the link above to view the pack.

Getting to your placement
If you intend to travel by train, there is a bus route that you can pick up from outside the Ipswich rail station which will bring you straight to the hospital. It is called the Route 66 and takes about fifteen minutes. You can access the timetable on the web site below. There is also a taxi rank outside the station. Ipswich Hospital is situated on Heath Road, which is the main A12 Inner Ring Road to Felixstowe.

If travelling by car please use the Pearson Road car park for the duration of your stay; this is situated around the back of the hospital. Press the button at the barrier to obtain a ticket then, before leaving, go to the South Wards entrance and pay £1.00. This will enable you to exit. Please contact the department if you have any queries.


Ipswich is one of England’s oldest Anglo Saxon towns. The town plays host to a vibrant mix of old and new. There is something for everyone in Suffolk with fabulous parks and stunning scenery on our doorstep, and a good selection of restaurants, clubs and bars.

To learn more about what Ipswich has to offer during your placement go to www.allaboutipswich.com

Jobs at Ipswich Hospital

All vacancies are advertised on the NHS jobs website. Click here for further details.


Band 5 Rotation Scheme

Are you looking for an exciting and fulfilling career in acute physical occupational therapy?

Are you a new graduate who is looking for a band 5 post which will support your transition from student to professional?

If the answer is yes then the Ipswich Hospital band 5 rotation scheme is for you!

Here at Ipswich hospital we have a varied band 5 rotation scheme which is designed to ensure that band 5s are supported in this vital period of their career and give you the necessary experience to meet your career objectives.

If you are interested in applying for a job please see the following information pack which includes the rotations we have to offer and a job description and person specification.

Band 5 Rotation Scheme Pack

Therapists getting off to a great start

The Occupational Therapy practice educators have won an award for their work teaching trainees of the profession. The accolade – from the Suffolk County Workforce Group – said the team "promotes excellent working relationships to support and enhance learning" and "helps students identify and optimise their preferred learning methods".

Our hospital has approximately 35 OT students every year, largely from the University of East Anglia and the University of Essex. Placements vary from one month to three months and each student is assigned a practice educator throughout their placement for support.

Sheree Baker was a student at our hospital who went on to get a permanent job and is now a practice educator. She said: "Placements are a big part of a student's learning so we need to get it right. It's a big priority for us to support each of them personally and it also helps us develop our own skills."

Student Jamila Francis-Sladden said: "I have really enjoyed meeting with patients and their families so early on in my induction. The support from my practice educator has been really helpful."