Meet Patrycja Pilczuk, our new Occupational Therapy Apprentice

Date: 10 June 2021

Patrycja Pilczuk

At BEH we are pleased to offer Occupational Therapy (OT) apprenticeships in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.

Today we would like to introduce you to Patrycja Pilczuk who will start the programme in September 2021. She currently works as a Technical Instructor (TI) on Paprika Ward, Chase Farm Hospital, North London Forensic Service.


 

Why did you want to train to do occupational therapy?
Since I was younger, I wanted a career in helping others, so I decided to do a degree in Psychology. After graduating, I started working in BEH, and got introduced to the OT department and straight away loved what the OT’s were doing for the patients, and knew I wanted to become an OT myself. I needed some type of therapeutic experience in order to progress with this career choice. I started off by getting work experience in the OT department, and when a TI vacancy came up, I applied for it, and was successful.

When I got the email from the apprenticeship team advertising the OT apprenticeship, I knew I wanted to apply for it straight away. It made me very happy that such opportunity was available. The process was straight forward, and the apprenticeship team were very helpful with any questions I had. I was successful with getting an interview with the trust, which then followed onto getting an interview with the university, and finally getting a place on the course! I usually get very nervous with any type of interviews, but both interviews felt great, as the interview panel was lovely which helped with my nerves. It also helped that I prepared well for the interviews, so I was confident and enthusiastic in what I was speaking about.

What are you looking forward to in doing the training?
I am very excited to start the course in September. I look forward to being able to learn on the go, and being able to learn something at university one day, and then bringing that knowledge into work the next day. I am also excited about the various placements, which will enable me to gain experience in other areas of OT, not just mental health.

Any tips for those interested in going for the apprenticeship?
I would encourage anyone who has a passion for OT to apply, as it is a great opportunity to become a qualified OT, but also work at the same time. My number one tip is to be yourself, and to show how determined you are, because you will be working and studying full-time. They want to see you are willing to change your life around for the next 3 years.

  • Summary:

    At BEH we are pleased to offer Occupational Therapy (OT) apprenticeships in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.

    Today we would like to introduce you to Patrycja Pilczuk who will start the programme in September 2021. She currently works as a Technical Instructor (TI) on Paprika Ward, Chase Farm Hospital, North London Forensic Service.

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