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Occupational Therapy Pilot Project Success

East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) recently participated in a pilot project for MSc Occupational Therapy students, facilitated by the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Elizabeth Casson Trust.

The Rehabilitation Entrenched Community Integration Programme Evaluation (RECIPE) project was developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to support OT students who missed out on their spring/summer placements this year. 

The programme saw 30 of the university’s MSc Occupational Therapy (OT) students deployed in organisations across the Norfolk and Waveney area. ECCH accommodated 20 of these 1st and 2nd year students, applying the Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) coaching model across 10 services, which included Minsmere Ward, Primary Care Homes and Specialist Services.

The RECIPE project has received fantastic feedback from the students who participated, demonstrating how ECCH continues to support learning, even in the most challenging of times:


“Despite unavoidable changes to the placement due to COVID-19 associated redeployment, with inevitable limitations such as less face-to-face visits with service users, my educator and his colleagues offered excellent adapted learning opportunities throughout, including on-site role plays and practical sessions, opportunities for peer education and virtual training.”

–October 2020, Occupational Therapy RECIPE student

“The OT Team went above and beyond to offer a placement experience that would meet my learning needs. Considering the current challenges, this was very much appreciated. I was not expecting to get as much out of this placement as I did considering all that was going on in the team, but I found ECCH worked hard to provide a good learning environment.”

– October 2020, Occupational Therapy RECIPE student

“I received weekly supervision which did not just cover the placement needs, but also checking in on general wellbeing which was appreciated, as there were a lot of pressures outside of placement to deal with too.”

– October 2020, Occupational Therapy RECIPE student

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