Apprenticeships are a fantastic way of learning, whether you are just starting out in your career, looking to develop skills or even learning completely new skills.

Cheryl Brown is a Triage Officer in our Clinical Services team in North Yorkshire and just four weeks into her two- year master’s degree apprenticeship in Occupational Therapy.

She said:

“As it is an MSc, it is very intense, which I am loving!”

Her first semester includes three modules – anatomy, psychology - based on occupational science, and communication and professionalism - solidifying skills for working with people.

She continued:

“I wanted to do this apprenticeship as it’s great to have worked-based learning which deepens my knowledge and understanding of the field as I can then apply what I learn at university into my daily job. I was keen to progress with NRS, particularly with my clinical skills, and this allows me to do to. I’ve already noticed I’m able to bring some skills and knowledge to my role and over the next two years this will only enhance the level of assessments I complete. It is integral to progressing my career as an Occupational Therapist and will enable me to apply for my HCPC registration.”

Cheryl attends weekly lectures at Coventry University and will carry out three placements throughout the duration of her course. If that wasn’t enough, she will also complete a Chartered Management Institute course later this year.

She said:

“The placements will give me knowledge from other healthcare settings, which I can bring back to my role. It will also give me more balanced skills. My last module next year is a dissertation, where I will work with my service manager to help develop service improvements. This is something I am very much looking forward to!”

Cheryl joined NRS Healthcare towards the end of 2022 and says she dreams of being an OT for the company in the not-too-distant future.

She said:

“I really hope I can become an OT for NRS. We have some amazing OTs across the business, and I would love to learn more from them. I love working for our Assistive Technology contract in North Yorkshire and so I’d love to provide clinical support for them.”

9th February