• Occupational Therapy Support course celebrates Innovation Award recognition and 25th birthday
  • The only distance and online learning course in the UK for Occupational Therapy Support workers
Sheila Watson and Lesley Newton from Glasgow Clyde College collecting the SQA Innovation Star Award

Sheila Watson and Lesley Newton from Glasgow Clyde College collecting the SQA Innovation Star Award

Glasgow Clyde College was Highly Commended in the Innovation category at this year’s SQA Star Awards in recognition of its full time and online distance learning Occupational Therapy Support courses, the only courses of their kind in the UK.

The Occupational Therapy Support course uses digital and interactive platforms to deliver the only nationally recognised qualification in Occupation Therapy Support in the UK, and due to its digital delivery, the course attracts enquiries and applicants from all over the world, from Ireland to St Helena and even Mongolia, to the most isolated parts of Scotland where learners can remain in their local area, providing a reliable workforce for remote Health Boards, local authorities and other practice areas.  This has been made possible through continuous partnership working with colleges, universities, examining bodies, professional bodies and the health and social care sector.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, 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, which include the SCQF level 8 PDA in Occupational Therapy Support, the PDA Healthcare Facilitating Teaching, Learning and Assessment and the PDA Health and Social Care Promoting Enhanced Professional Practice.

Jointly certified by the College of Occupational Therapists and the SQA, the course overcomes several delivery obstacles to ensure that the course remains focused on practice whilst still being delivered at a distance.

Lesley Newton, Senior Lecturer in Health and Allied Health Professions at Glasgow Clyde College, said:

“The Occupational Therapy Support course really is one of a kind and it’s thoroughly overwhelming to see it recognised and Highly Commended at the SQA Star Awards.  There have been so many advancements in technology which has helped keep this course innovative, up-to-date and relevant for those who are already working as an Occupational Therapist, or for those just starting out.

“When the course began, for the first time, it ensured the quality and standardisation of work of Occupational Therapy Support workers who had up to that point been recruited and trained on an informal basis.  This course is holistic, encouraging students to learn by developing and building on existing knowledge and skills reflecting on practice in their own workplace setting.”

The course is supported by a network of Occupational Therapists within health boards and other organisations where Occupational Therapists work, such as prisons and schools.

The SQA Star Awards celebrate the success, triumph, achievement and recognition of the best in education and training.  The award ceremony took place at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on 11 November.