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The Princess Royal’s visit marks 75 years of Occupational Therapy education in Scotland

Today (18 January 2013), Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will attend Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh for an official visit which marks 75 years of occupational therapy education in Scotland. The event will celebrate the contribution made by occupational therapists to service users and clients, communities, organisations, and society.

Princess Royal unveils the plaque during her official opening of the Occupational Performance Room at Queen Margaret University.

Princess Royal unveils the plaque during her officially opening of the Occupational Performance Room at Queen Margaret University.

The Princess Royal has been Patron of the College of Occupational Therapists, the UK’s professional body for occupational therapists, since 1987. The celebratory event is hosted by both the College of Occupational Therapists and Queen Margaret University, the latter educates individuals for a career in the profession.

Princess Royal's visit to QMU
Princess Royal's visit to QMU
Occupational Therapy students Aideen Roche (front left) and Florence Kuek (front right) demonstrate e-learning techniques in Occupational Therapy to The Princess Royal. Linda Renton, Professional Lead in Occupational Therapy (back right) at Queen Margaret University, watches on. (more photos)

The Princess Royal will meet the University’s undergraduate and postgraduate occupational therapy students. Graduates and staff who have made a significant contribution to the profession and to the development of occupational therapy locally, nationally and internationally are also taking part. The Princess Royal will officially open the Occupational Performance Room which is a simulated space for students to practice the skills of active daily living, before meeting University researchers who will showcase some of their innovative developments and demonstrate their impact on services.

Linda Renton, Professional Lead in Occupational Therapy at Queen Margaret University, explained: “Occupational therapists have been educated in Edinburgh since 1937 and since then, Scotland has been at the forefront of the profession’s education and practice. We are looking forward to sharing information about the history of occupational therapy in Scotland, paying tribute to the pioneering women responsible for the profession’s development and to celebrating their legacy of education. We are also delighted that our current students and researchers will have the opportunity to share some of their learning techniques, practice methods and cutting edge research outcomes with the Princess Royal.”

Julia Scott, Chief Executive of the College of Occupational Therapists, said: “We are delighted that The Princess Royal continues to take such an active interest in the development of the profession and that she is able join us today to celebrate the progress which has taken place in Scotland over the years. QMU is an exemplar educator and its staff have spent many years, developing, nurturing and preparing students to excel in their new career, and become the future leaders of our profession. Their contribution to occupational therapy education and its workforce has been outstanding.”

The event will also see Professor Emeritus Averil Stewart, the first Professor of Occupational Therapy in the UK and former Head of Occupational Therapy at Queen Margaret University, presenting the first inaugural Professor Stewart International Award to QMU occupational therapy graduate, Rocco Angarolo.

A range of Scottish educationalists; MSPs and local policy makers and influencers; university and college representatives, partners and supporters; and students, staff and graduates will join the Princess Royal at the celebration. A reception, involving 250 people, will conclude the visit.

ENDS

NOTES TO EDITOR

Occupational Therapy

The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to make it possible for people to participate or engage in the occupations of daily life. Occupational Therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. Occupational Therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.

Queen Margaret University: Health and Rehabilitation flagship

Queen Margaret University has the widest range of allied health professional courses of any university in Scotland. Our research is focused on policy and practice, and therefore has an immediate practical impact in terms of service delivery and patient care.

We have capitalised on our broad range of health courses to become leaders in interprofessional education. This ensures that our teaching and research reaches beyond the limits of professional boundaries, providing fresh insights and helping to ensure that healthcare professionals from different areas work together effectively with positive consequences for patient care.

For further information on health sciences at Queen Margaret University visit: http://www.qmu.ac.uk/faculties_schools/default.htm

The College of Occupational Therapists

The College of Occupational Therapists is the UK’s professional body for around 30,000 Occupational Therapists and support staff. It champions the vital work of Occupational Therapy staff, promoting value, excellence and innovation across the profession.

Member benefits include professional indemnity insurance, expert practice guidance, news, networking, and career development opportunities.

For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 474 0000, mob: 07711 011239, Email: lrussell@qmu.ac.uk

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Princess Royal's visit to QMU
Princess Royal's visit to QMU
Princess Royal's visit to QMU
Princess Royal's visit to QMU
Princess Royal's visit to QMU
Princess Royal's visit to QMU
Princess Royal's visit to QMU
Princess Royal's visit to QMU
Princess Royal's visit to QMU

 


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