Congratulations Sarah Da Silva!
We're pleased to announce that Sarah Da Silva, from Eastbourne WCS, has completed her BSc Occupational Therapy degree at Brighton University.
Sarah joined us as a Customer Service Co-ordinator and expressed an interest in joining the clinical team; so, when the opportunity arose she became an Occupational Therapist (OT) Assistant. Sarah’s potential was spotted by Alison Brampton, the Clinical Lead in Eastbourne WCS and we were pleased to offer to fully fund the OT degree.
Now that Sarah has completed her degree and once she’s fully registered with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, she’ll become a Band 5 OT.
Sarah Da Silva said: “We did it! I say we did it because without Millbrook Healthcare funding me and without the support of my clinical lead, Allison Brampton, and the team, I couldn’t have achieved this; they’ve cheered me on at the side lines and shared their knowledge”.
“Whilst doing this degree I learnt that I’m dyslexic and struggled with academic tasks, however I’m proof that with the right level of support and determination, anything is possible. It was encouraging to know that Allison, Annette Cairns (Clinical and Quality Director) and other managers believed in me and encouraged and guided me all the way”.
“This degree will be life changing for me. I’m grateful for the opportunity and look forward to using my new skills in my new career path.”
Annette Cairns, Clinical and Quality Director, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been able to support Sarah to realise her dream to be an OT, this is in line with one of our core values, to support our colleagues to ‘learn and grow’.
“Sarah’s always demonstrated the values that we aspire to at Millbrook healthcare; she’s worked hard throughout her journey and I look forward to seeing the different ways that Sarah can enhance the lives of our service users and our communities in her new role.
“I hope that Sarah’s story will also inspire others to consider training to be an OT or even become a wheelchair therapist. There’s currently a national shortage of OTs and it’s especially challenging to attract OTs into the specialist area of wheelchair services as very little is known about the role, as it isn’t usually covered as part of the OT degree curriculum.”