- Did you get involved in any other extracurricular activities in your spare time?
I took every opportunity I could, so I had a well-rounded experience at uni ready for the world of OT. I spent a week on a special holiday with the charity SENSE, I did a sponsored Internship with Foundations all about how disabled facilities grants are used. I presented at a conference in Spain about my previous health problems and how OT helped me overcome these. Following on from this, I was involved in establishing the Salford Occupational Therapy Conference (due again Jan 2023). I was a student ambassador so would give talks about the university on open day, directing people, talking about my uni experience and took part in research.
- Did you undertake a placement?
There are 5 placements on our course, first was intermediate care (a place where people who are medically fit by the doctors but need some time to rehabilitate and become physically fitter) Acute Hospital Stroke, Community Mental Health, Community Hospital and another intermediate care but where I eventually landed my first job Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust.
- What support is on hand for your studies?
There are academic support staff to help with structuring coursework, reports etc. Disability support services to help when you yourself have a disability.
- What advice would you give to someone just starting in first year on the course?
Take every opportunity there is. This will make you a well-rounded occupational therapist as you will gain insight and clinical reasoning skills for your future professional career. When I first walked in the door I thought ‘oh my goodness 3 years it’s going to take ages’, but the course just disappears as it’s so enjoyable. Do not be afraid to contact the tutors if you are struggling with something they are very approachable and knowledgeable and helpful.
- What would you say to someone thinking about studying OT at Salford?
You won’t regret it. It’s a brilliant course and has opened so many doors for me. They also support you through the interview stage of practice for landing your first band 5 occupational therapist job. I really enjoyed my time at the uni, I hope one day that I can guest present the skills and knowledge I was once given by the brilliant department.