The Occupational Therapist Trailblazer is delighted to announce that the degree apprenticeship standard for Occupational Therapist has been approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships and allocated a maximum funding of £24,000.
The approved Standard and Assessment plan can be found here.
Employers, training providers and apprentice assessment organisations can now prepare for delivery of the apprenticeship.
Anita Cooper, Clinical Lead – Therapies and Rehabilitation Medicine at the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Chair of the Trailblazer Group
“I am absolutely thrilled we now have the Occupational Therapist Level 6 Integrated Standard and the associated End Point Assessment Plan approved by the IFA. This opens up a whole new supply route for employers that is also good for local communities. The Apprenticeship will facilitate the training and recruitment of additional staff we need, as well as providing new local opportunities for local people to join our profession.”
Julia Scott, Chief Executive – Royal College of Occupational Therapists
“Approval of the standard for degree apprenticeships in occupational therapy is hugely significant to our work to promote and secure a flourishing future for occupational therapy. Offering a variety of pathways to an occupational therapy career ensures a diverse and sustainable occupational therapy workforce, which will ultimately benefit UK citizens and their families. Given the government’s likely focus on person-centred care in the imminent NHS ten year plan, occupational therapy will play a key role in its delivery and the demand for our services will be high. This approval is a key step in ensuring we have a workforce fit for the future of health and social care.”