Let’s share the benefit …of Occupational Therapy!

It’s not every day that you can say that your blog has had over 36,000 views from different corners of the world, however it is clear that this lady is exceptional, and she deserves every bit of recognition!

Cancer survivor Alice McGarvie is spreading the word worldwide on the benefits of occupational therapy (OT) – and her message has gone viral.

The University of Brighton graduate’s blog is being hailed as one of the clearest explanations of the benefits of Occupational Therapy.

Having graduated last year with an MSc in Occupational Therapy, Alice now runs her own practice offering OT and ‘harp therapy’, using the ancient instrument to provide “a soothing and calming sound” as therapy.

Her career was boosted when she shared in £10,000 prize money from the university’s enterprise programme beepurple for entrepreneurial students and graduates, a scheme funded by Santander Universities.

Alice last year underwent surgery for breast cancer and afterwards found herself providing OT to herself: “I was unable to run, so I had to adapt and substitute running with walking. I could not reach or lift things so again I had to adapt by placing things in reach, and getting help with the heavy stuff. I was fatigued so I had to learn to pace myself throughout the day and I had trouble sleeping so I developed a good sleep hygiene routine.

“I was being my own occupational therapist, making adaptations to the way I do things and to my environment to enable me to live life my way, and continue doing my occupations.

“This is what occupational therapists do, we treat the person, not the diagnosis…”

Tania Wiseman, Alice’s OT course leader at the university, said: “Alice has been able to explain Occupational Therapy in a way that has attracted some of the world’s most renowned therapists. She is quite remarkable.”

In helping to create further awareness about this therapy and help others understand why it’s important – let’s continue to share the benefit of OT. With over 36,000 views – wouldn’t it be amazing if we could help her reach 50,000 views?!

Read and share Alice’s blog now, to help raise awareness about OT, and how this contributed to Alice’s amazing and inspirational journey.

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European MSc in Occupational Therapy accreditation success

The European MSc in Occupational Therapy underwent two re-accreditations at once: the programme accreditation according to the standards of the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Institute NVAO (Nederlands Vlaamse accreditatieorganisatie) and the Distinctive Quality Feature Internationalisation according to the ECA standards (European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education). The quality of the OT-Euromaster has been found to be very good by NVAO. So good in fact that there is no other programme within the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, that has received such a high level result. This fantastic news was released on the 9th May 2016. The accreditation is an important milestone for the OT-EuroMaster, that motivates the management and teaching teams to strive for further development and innovation.