Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist Apprenticeship Development Praised

Posted on 5th July 2019

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and the Talent Academy were pleased to welcome their Scottish colleagues on a fact finding visit to Lincolnshire this week.

Representatives from NHS Highland, the University of the Highlands and Islands, and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists attended the Trust to find out more about our development of the newly published Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist Degree Apprenticeships, as they seek to embark on the development of a similar apprenticeship for Scotland.

Anita Cooper, Clinical Lead for Therapies and Rehabilitation at ULHT, plus Claire Flavell, Strategic Lead for the Talent Academy, both of whom were Chair & Co-Chair for the National Trailblazer group, provided an insight into the 2 year development process which took place, whilst also providing visitors with the opportunity to speak with Sheffield Hallam University and one of the Trusts newest Occupational Therapy Apprentices who commenced their training in April this year.

Speaking after the visit, Claire Flavell stated:

“It was interesting to hear that the challenges we face within our own County in relation to recruitment based upon our rurality are replicated within the Highlands and Islands of our Scottish colleagues.  Having already gone through the development process leading up to the successful implementation of the apprenticeship programmes here in Lincolnshire, it was a privilege to showcase our achievements and to spread the learning. ”

“The apprenticeship route is critical for attracting, growing and retaining local talent which is the key for any rural county.  We will continue to support our Scottish colleagues on their journey and look forward to hearing of their successes in the future.”



Photo  L-R:

Lindsey Moodie – Academic Partnerships Manager, University of the Highlands and Islands

Claire Wood – Associate Director, AHPs, NHS Highland

Fiona Skinner – Subject Network Leader, University of the Highlands and Islands

Maureen Shiells – Education  Manager, Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Claire Flavell – Strategic Lead, Lincolnshire Talent Academy

Anita Cooper – Clinical Lead for Therapies & Rehabilitation, ULHT

Dr Theresa Baxter – Principal Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Sheffield Hallam University

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