Huddersfield New College’s Health and Social Care students recently attended a virtual workshop with Dr Rachel Russell, Principal Occupational Therapist at Calderdale Royal Infirmary. Dr Russell, an expert in her field, spoke to the students about the origins of Occupational Therapy, a branch of healthcare that helps patients of all ages regain independence in all areas of their lives after illness or injury.

Dr Russell gave insight into the origins of occupational therapy, which can cover cognitive, physical and sensory therapies, what’s involved in the day to day life of an Occupational Therapist and discussed the possible routes into the profession. 

HNC is responding to current restrictions by finding Covid-19 secure ways that students can benefit from hearing from real life experts and professionals, so that our young people can continue to succeed in these unprecedented times. The opportunity to hear from industry experts such as Dr Russell allows our students to build on the concepts they learn in the classroom, reinforcing how theory is put into practice when working with patients. As well as helping to prepare students for their upcoming exams, workshops like these also support students to explore possible career options, allowing them to explore the wide range of roles available in the health care professions.

Zoe Potts, Course Leader for the Health and Social Care Extended Certificate, says “Dr Russell is extremely passionate about providing client-centered care and empowering service users. As a College, we focus on building an inclusive and understanding community where individuals are treated with the respect they deserve. The skills that our students learn here at HNC play an integral part in our students becoming understanding Health Care Professionals in their future careers. To hear this from an industry expert really helps to underpin what our students learn in the classroom and helps to bring learning to life. Thank you to Dr Russell for taking the time out of her busy schedule to take part in this workshop”

Find out more about Health and Social Care at our upcoming Virtual Open event where you can experience a Health and Social Care lesson taster. Register here to take part.

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