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West London NHS Trust is first in London to offer Occupational Therapy apprenticeship

23 September 2019

In the first partnership of this kind in London, West London NHS Trust has teamed up with Coventry University to offer Occupational Therapy apprenticeships to their staff as an innovative way of developing and retaining staff.

On Monday 16 September, Megan Heaphy became the first person to start an Occupational Therapy apprenticeship from the capital.

Megan will split her time between Coventry University and Broadmoor Hospital, where she is currently an Occupational Therapist Assistant, helping patients with complex personality disorders.

Her passion for becoming an Occupational Therapist started when she volunteered within an occupational therapy team at an NHS Hospital in east London after completing her undergraduate degree. This passion accelerated when she joined West London NHS Trust a year ago.

Megan Heaphy says: “I am really excited to be starting my Occupational Therapy apprenticeship, and to be the first in London to do so is just the icing on the cake. It is a real privilege to be looking after patients and by undertaking this apprenticeship, will give me that further experience and training to be able to deliver even better care.”

Helen Lycett, West London NHS Trust’s lead on Allied Health Professionals, who played in an integral role in building this partnership with Coventry University, says: “Working on an Occupational Therapy apprenticeship is hugely important for those who want to progress their careers in this field of healthcare. Partnerships like ours with Coventry University are essential as it enables us to share our expertise and resources, unlocking the potential of those willing to be successful occupational therapists.

Since Megan joined the Trust a year ago, she has gone leaps and bounds for her patients and we are delighted that she has decided to progress her career with this apprenticeship. As she starts to thrive, we’re sure it will encourage more of our staff to follow a similar path.”

Carolyn Hay, associate professor at Coventry University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with West London NHS to offer these Occupational Therapy apprenticeships, which are a great way to develop and help retain their staff. As a student on our course, Megan can look forward to benefitting from industry-relevant teaching as well as a wide range of opportunities to work with students studying for other healthcare professions within an inter-professional and collaborative learning environment.”