Hi my names Jessica Wilcox and I am an Undergraduate Apprentice Occupational Therapy Student at the Sheffield Hallam University. I have worked with the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust with Mental Health Services for Older People since 2011, mostly working within Day Services delivering Cognitive Stimulation Therapy treatment for people with Dementia. I absolutely loved this role, and through doing this job I was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity to be part of some research with the Sheffield University called ‘Journeying Through Dementia’; a trial to devise an intervention programme for individuals with dementia that focused on community-based activities. During this time, I had the pleasure of working alongside an Occupational Therapist, who opened my eyes to the beautiful role that is OT! 
Not too long after the completion of this research, I came across an opportunity to train as an Occupational Therapist as an Apprentice within my trust. Fast-forward to today, and I am now in my 2nd year of university, completing my extended scope placement with the Nottinghamshire Alliance Training Hub. This placement involves going to an area of work where there is not currently an Occupational Therapist, and create a form of intervention that I am able to leave for the service to utilise. Seeing the amazing work that the training hub is currently involved in with regards to student placements of AHPs has inspired me to create some form of resource to help better inform students/universities of the wonderful opportunities within Primary Care Services in hope to encourage more student placements. Although this piece of work is still very early days, I am very excited to tap into the huge amount of knowledge and skill that the training hub team have got and hopefully leave you with a resource that will positively impact the service! 
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