Cheryl Carter

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

  • Adult learner
  • Visited on an Open Day
  • Enjoyed the practical elements of the course most
Photo of Cheryl smiling

Why did you choose to study Occupational Therapy at the University of Bradford?

I live locally and for me it was important to be close to home. When I came to the Open Day it was warm and welcoming, compared to some of the other universities I'd been to see.

The Occupational Therapy course was also very practical which really appealed to me as I'm a more hands-on learner.

It’s a great course, you'll be well supported. Take every opportunity you're offered.

What's been the best part of your time at Bradford? 

Being on placements has been a highlight for me. They've given me the real-life insight to how it will be working as an Occupational Therapist once I've qualified. 

My favourite placement was the Role Emerging Placement. It was nine weeks at Manorlands Hospice, I was working on developing a new programme that they could use in the future. 

I was always a bit wary of working in a place like a hospice, I was nervous that I'd not cope that well emotionally. However, I was actually surprised, it was nothing like I imagined a hospice to be. 

It was really close to a real-world experience because I had to carry out the project independently with a long-arm supervisor. All of the other placements involved shadowing so it was eye-opening to do it all on my own. 

How has the University supported you during your time here? 

The support has been really good, if you need to speak to your personal tutor they'll get back to you almost straight away – they've always been there if I've needed them.

What are your plans for the future?

I'm going to work on a physical rotation at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. Longer term I'd like to see myself go into a specialist area, but I'm not sure what that area will be yet.

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