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Occupational therapy is a unique career where you can enable people to improve their health and wellbeing and enjoy higher quality of life through preventing and overcoming barriers to participation in the everyday activities they value. This rewarding profession will teach to you to support your clients in gaining back their independence. The Apprenticeship programme will provide you with an understanding of the science and artistry of occupational therapy. Develop the unique skillset needed to be a successful occupational therapist, including leading activity-based therapy, rehabilitation, communication skills and more. Plus, gain experience and expertise on a variety of practice placements outside the university and in our specialist Occupational Therapy Labs and their simulated living spaces and artistic intervention tools.
“The tutors are very kind, and I received a lot of support from my personal tutor and the DDS service. The range of experience both at university and on the placements has been valuable and I have learnt so much about myself.”
The Occupational therapy programmes at LSBU aim to provide an education centred on the meaning and performance of occupations in life. Occupational therapy as a profession is concerned with key concepts such as occupational performance, occupational identity and how the environment and cultural factors together influence effective participation in unique and individual lives; from childhood through to older age and including end of life. The course begins with modules that introduce the concepts and theory of occupation and occupational therapy practice. Case studies are used to show the diversity and range of people and conditions that an occupational therapist can work with. Relevant anatomy, physiology and psychology are covered. Apprentices get opportunities to apply the theory taught at university to practical placements that occur each academic year. Apprentices will develop their professional identity as the course progresses.
Once you graduate you’ll be eligible to eligible to apply for registration as an occupational therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This allows you to practice within the NHS, community services and local authorities, as well as the private sector. Thanks to this course, you’ll be equipped with the skills you need to work as an occupational therapist with both adults and children who have complex health and social needs. The Royal College of Occupational Therapists have a website Choose OT which explains if this career is right for you and the possible routes your career could take.
You might also choose to apply for further study at postgraduate level. We have a part-time MSc Occupational Therapy course that’s suitable for graduates with professional practice experience. You can find out more about this course in our online CPPD prospectus.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
During the course you’ll spend a third of your time involved in practice within a broad variety of healthcare and social care settings – and the rest in academic study. A practice placement lets you put theory into practice, by working with a range of health professionals in clinical situations to develop the skills, knowledge, values and experience required to become a competent occupational therapist. This can be challenging to start with, but practice learning is one of the most interesting and exciting aspects of learning to be an occupational therapist.
You’ll complete over 1000 hours of placement; meeting the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (2008) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT, 2002) requirements. The placements are full-time and are integrated into the curriculum in four blocks (the first placement is six weeks, the second is seven weeks, and the third and fourth placements are ten weeks in length). Over these four placements the practice placement facilitators on the programmes aim to provide you with the range of experience as outlined by WFOT (2002). You’ll get experience working with people of different ages, acute and long standing health needs (including physical, mental health and learning disability) and services in a range of settings (hospital and community, urban and rural).
At LSBU, we work closely with a number of healthcare organisations to provide a wide range of suitable practice placements so that by the end of the course, you’ll have experienced wide-ranging healthcare provision that’s suitable for the chosen programme. These placements take place across a variety of clinical settings such as NHS acute Trusts, community placements and the independent sector. You’ll go on placements within the Greater London area in the NHS, local authority, voluntary, social enterprise and private sectors. Placements can be in existing services as well as emerging services.
The four practice placements within the professional pre-registration courses, which total 33 weeks full time study, allow students to achieve the minimum 1000 hours required for their professional qualification. The student learning on placement is designed to be cumulative across the four placements:
This is the first practice placement and will foster an overall appreciation of occupational perspectives of health and wellbeing, and the occupational therapy process. This placement provides an opportunity to observe and engage with occupational therapy practice. You'll also be encouraged to reflect on the impact of different aspects of the environment on occupational performance.
This placement will support you to begin developing skills in implementing person centred, occupation focused occupational therapy practice. This is facilitated through the provision of guidelines and policies that govern practice.
Building on the learning outcomes from practice placements 1 and 2, there is an increasing emphasis of developing depth of understanding of and increasing competence in the application of the occupational therapy process during this third practice placement.
This final placement prepares you to be competent to practice, by providing the opportunity to make the transition from student to independent practitioner in occupational therapy and facilitating you to meet the HCPC standards of proficiency (HCPC, 2013), COT (2014) graduate competencies and COT (2015) Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. This placement will require you to demonstrate competence in implementing the occupational therapy process with a limited caseload.
While you’re on a placement you’re allocated a named Practice Educator who will facilitate your learning. At least once during each placement, our staff will contact you and the Practice Educator to make sure all procedures and support mechanisms are in place and working productively for your learning and achievement.
Practice learning opportunities will be arranged in a geographical location within the M25 area for all London sponsored or self-funding students. Where an approved opportunity has arisen, students have been able to complete one placement, placement 2 or placement 3, abroad. However, this is limited as a scrutiny process has to be undertaken to ensure the compatibility of the placement with the programme and eligibility for HCPC registration.
We have three Occupational Therapy Laboratories, including an Art and Music skills laboratory, Splinting laboratory and Assisted Daily Living (ADL) laboratory. You will carry out a range of activities to practice your skills including using art, music and role play as intervention. You will practice making hand splints using thermoplastic materials as well as anatomy practicals using anatomy models. The simulated kitchen, bathrooms and bedroom spaces are used to practice patient transfers, wheel chair manoeuvering and planning activities for intervention using activities from daily life. You also practice using a wide range of standardised assessment tools such as: assistive devices for dressing, kitchen work and mobility.
The laboratories enable you to practice problem identification, intervention planning, implementation, communication skills, risk assessments, problem solving skills and group work skills; all to learn how best to work with the patient.
The course is taught in the form of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical sessions.
There are a range of assessments including essays, examinations and presentations. The placements are also assessed by the practice educator at the placement site.
Every apprentice is provided with a professional and personal tutor (called a Skills Coach) who supports the apprentice throughout the course.
Apprentices must demonstrate competence in all skills, knowledge and behaviours as defined by the Institute of Apprenticeships, Apprenticeship Standards, Occupational Therapist (Integrated Degree) (2018). In order successfully to complete the award, apprentices must also evidence a minimum 20% of their time in ‘off the job training’ activities. These can be achieved by attending lectures, seminars/workshops, tutorials, skills lab sessions, e-learning, blended learning and self-managed learning.”
Plus English and Maths GCSE (grade A–C or 4-9) or equivalent.
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An Apprenticeship Standard is comprised of a programme of study, an End Point Assessment and on-the-job learning. This means that in addition to meeting academic requirements, you’ll need to be employed in a role related to your apprenticeship. The process of applying depends on whether you have an employer to sponsor (and support) you.
If you are employed and your employer has confirmed they will support your apprenticeship:
You are welcome to submit an application via our application system. You’ll need to provide details of your employment/employer as part of the application. You’ll also need to ensure you and your employer meet the requirements – find out who can be an apprentice to see if you meet the entry requirements and employer commitments to find out more about your employer’s role.
If you are not employed:
If you’re a prospective apprentice, you can find out more about who can be an apprentice on our student pages.
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