Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) MSc graduate Luci Carnall-Moore, tells us about her inspiring journey which led to a new Community Hub which aims to promote social inclusion and cohesion.
I completed my Occupational Therapy (pre-registration) training at Brighton University and I could not have comprehended at the time how much this would change and enrich my life. I was engaged and motivated in the learning process through varied and stimulating placements, dynamic Problem Based Learning sessions and inspiring Fixed Resource Sessions with people coming in to share their lived experiences.
Upon graduating I immediately gained employment as the only OT in a Community Mental Health Team. The learning curve was steep, but I felt equipped and confident in consolidating my role due to the skills that I had developed on the course.
These skills then took me beyond my traditional NHS OT role as I was able to apply and transfer them to Community Development. I was successful in securing funding to set up a Community hub which aims to promote social inclusion and cohesion. The funding proposal was based on OT evidence and research and the recognition of my skills, knowledge and experience.
Four years on and the project continues to grow with the development of a regular Intergenerational Supper Club, the planting of a community orchard and sustaining strong links with other community projects. I am also a Placement Educator in this Diverse Setting, I deliver Fixed Resource Sessions at the University and facilitate problem Based Learning Sessions.
I could not recommend this course at Brighton University more to begin an exciting journey into Occupational Therapy and beyond!