Aims: The aim of this study was to explore undergraduate orthoptic students’ perceptions of feedback during clinical placement to allow the identification of common themes which could ultimately inform some guidance for tutors in the provision of feedback.
Methods: This was a qualitative small case study conducted using semi-structured interviews with eight second year undergraduate orthoptic students from the University of Sheffield. All participants were female. Participation was voluntary and informed consent was obtained.
Results: All students described some positive experiences of feedback during clinical placements. All students described at least one experience which they felt had been poor, and some commons themes of positive and negative experiences emerged.
Conclusions: Students want an enjoyable placement where they feel able to practise their clinical skills in a safe environment and receive feedback from approachable tutors who do not undermine their confidence. They want a feedback process which is timely, honest, specific, offers ways to improve and reinforces positive behaviour. The feedback process should be made explicit to students so that both tutors and students are clear when feedback is being given.
How to Cite:
Tuff, L.C., 2012. Undergraduate orthoptic students’ perception of feedback during clinical placement. British and Irish Orthoptic Journal, 10, pp.35–40. DOI: http://doi.org/10.22599/bioj.70