Staff Profile: Occupational Therapy Student

Posted: November 9, 2017

Find out about studying Occupational Therapy on day five of Occupational Therapy Week 2017

photo 1Therapists at the Great Western Hospital are raising awareness of Occupational Therapy Week by giving an insight into their jobs and the different departments and locations in which they work, from Monday 6 November.

Throughout the week, staff have graced the Trust's social media accounts and website with personal insights into the profession and are finishing the week off with how keen Swindon residents can kick-start their careers in Occupational Therapy.

What's on during Occupational Therapy Week?

How can we support you to become a qualified Occupational Therapist?

If you choose to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant you can expect a varied, dynamic role which offers real career progression with the teams at the Trust. The assistant role offers practical, on-the-job training and the chance to work with people from all walks of life.

There are also roles within the Trust for Rehabilitation Assistants, which means that staff can also develop skills in Physiotherapy.

Therapy Assistant roles within GWH offer a large number of training and development opportunities ranging from the Care Certificate right through to the Occupational Therapy Apprenticeship, which the Trust are aiming to start within the next year.

The team also offer the opportunity for people to come for work experience and a number of our previous assistants took this opportunity before applying for their posts. If anyone is thinking about a career in Occupational Therapy and is unsure how to go about it, then please get in touch. 

To arrange work experience in Occupational Therapy at GWH, get in touch with the Trust on  Facebook.

Occupational Therapy Student

Robert Scratchley shares what it's like to be studying to qualify as an Occupational Therapist.

"I'm a third year occupational therapy student from UWE and currently on placement at the GWH. My background involves working for adult social care in Wiltshire, which was the core reason I wanted to study occupational therapy and develop my career within local authority.

"The Occupational Therapy programme at UWE highlighted that because of its holistic approach, there are many diverse areas in which OT can cover and be incorporated in. My previous placements and projects include mental health, local authority, volunteering sector and physical long-term therapy in the community. 

"Alongside the OT process, the role demands the understanding of the discharge process and which appropriate resources are available to the patient when they discharge. This is to ensure a safe a discharge as possible and to best meet the needs of our service users.

Being on the acute wards at the GWH has really given me the opportunity to develop and transfer skills acquired on the course, into practice."

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