Staff Profile: Return to Practice OTs

Posted: November 9, 2017

Find out about returning to practice 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.

Supporting Occupational Therapists to Return to Practice

fri - rtpIn Swindon the Trust are proud to support former Occupational Therapists (OTs) to return to practice, following a career break.  This is the feedback from one of our OTs who joined us as a return to practice Occupational Therapist in 2015:

"Having ruled out returning to a career that I had loved after many years out, it has been an entirely positive experience to return to practice as an Occupational Therapist.

"I have been able to take time to refresh and regain my skills and knowledge and have felt fully supported throughout the process.

"I have also realised that my time out of the profession is not wasted as I bring other experiences and skills that are very relevant to my job.

The team that I work with have been very positive and encouraging and I feel I can ask any question at any time."

Read all of the staff profiles here.

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