Glasgow Clyde College is celebrating the success of its HNC Occupational Therapy Support with a 25th anniversary event.

The College is inviting former students and practice supervisors to join in the celebrations on Thursday 22nd June alongside existing students and lecturers.  Speakers will include Royal College of Occupational Therapist education manager, Maureen Shiells, clinical specialist Catherine Totten and lead occupational therapist for mental health, Jacqui Terrance.

Over its 25-year history, the course has evolved into one of the longest standing on-line HE courses in Scotland and forms part of a suite of related online provisions, attracting enquiries and applicants from all over the world, from Ireland to St Helena and even Mongolia.

The course delivers one of only a few nationally recognised qualifications in Occupational Therapy Support in the UK.

Lesley Newton, Senior Lecturer in Health and Allied Health Professions at Glasgow Clyde College, said: “This is a real milestone for the College and all the staff involved in the health care department. The course is the only one of its kind in the UK and has seen almost 600 students complete the online assessments with 86% of those studying full-time progressing into university.

“We’re really looking forward to catching up with our former students and hearing how the course has helped begin or advance their careers. People have studied the course from across the country so there’s potential for people to attend from across the country. We hope to see everyone there.”

Advancements in technology has helped keep the occupational therapy support course innovative, up-to-date and relevant for those already working as an occupational therapy support worker or for those just starting out. It’s also available as full-time course for students wishing to study at the College.

The course is certificated by the College of Occupational Therapists, and the SQA and is designed to develop and enhance knowledge and skills for support workers in occupational therapy.