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Occupational therapy excellence recognised by professional body

Occupational therapy staff and students at York St John University have had their work recognised by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT), receiving a number of awards from the professional body for their achievements.

Each year the COT administers a range of awards providing financial support towards members’ education, research and continuing professional development. Sarah Masefield is a final year occupational therapy student who was awarded the COT 2011 Student Award. She received £1,000 towards her final three month placement in Uganda from March – May 2011.

Describing the background to her desire to work abroad, Sarah said:

“Whilst on placement in Leeds I worked with individuals from diverse ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. This raised my awareness of the validity of occupational therapy practice in different cultural contexts, and also developed my communication skills with people whose first language is not, or do not speak, English.”

She added: “I am keen to learn about contexts outside of the UK and make a positive contribution where possible, with a view to working abroad at some point in the future; therefore this placement opportunity will offer me invaluable insight, personal and professional development.”

Another worthy recipient is Kirsty Edwards, a final year occupational therapy student who was awarded the COT 2011 Speechmark Award. Kirsty received £800 towards her final three month placement in Bangladesh from March - May 2011. Once qualified, she hopes to work as an occupational therapist abroad.

Kirsty explains:

“This opportunity will help further my understanding of working within a different culture and also help me view different ways of treating clients and how countries work without a national health service.”

Dr Jane Cronin Davis is a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at York St John. She is visiting the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) and Bangladesh Health Professions Institute (BHPI) in Bangladesh for two weeks in April. Jane was awarded the COT 2011 International Travel Award and received £1,000 to cover the cost of her forthcoming trip. Whilst in Bangladesh she will work with a senior occupational therapist from the CRP to implement a joint mental health initiative between BHPI and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Dhaka. Final year placement students from York St John will be supported by Jane to run a programme whilst on their mental health placement related to the needs of the service users in NIMH.

For further information please contact Amy Hall, PR & Communications Officer on T: 01904 876466 or E: a.hall@yorksj.ac.uk


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