Plymouth occupational therapy student announced as ambassador for national recruitment campaign

Rachel Rule has been recruited as an ambassador for a new national nursing and allied health profession (AHP) recruitment campaign

“I’m really proud to have been chosen as an ambassador for this exciting new campaign. It’s vital that we inspire more young people who are choosing their future career paths to study these degrees and educate them on the huge range of opportunities that careers in Allied Health Professions, such as occupational therapy offer.”

Rachel Rule, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Current Plymouth second year occupational therapy student, 27-year-old Rachel Rule, has been chosen as an ambassador for a new national nursing and allied health profession (AHP) recruitment campaign.

Rachel is one of a team of student and newly-qualified nurses and AHPs from across the country to have been recruited as ambassadors. They will spread the word about their professions, talk about their experiences and provide first-hand advice to those thinking about doing a nursing or AHP degree.

The campaign, spearheaded by Health Education England, aims to encourage more students to study for degrees in nursing and the AHPs. It will look to increase applications through Clearing 2018 and ahead of the UCAS applications deadline in January 2019.

Campaign Ambassador Rachel, said:

“I’m really proud to have been chosen as an ambassador for this exciting new campaign. It’s vital that we inspire more young people who are choosing their future career paths to study these degrees and educate them on the huge range of opportunities that careers in Allied Health Professions, such as occupational therapy offer. Not only does studying occupational therapy make you highly employable, but I know from my placements that it’s a hugely rewarding job to do.”

The campaign, which was launched at the end of May and will run primarily across digital platforms, will put the spotlight on the benefits of these degrees and resulting careers, including:

  • a social purpose – the chance to make difference to people’s lives
  • a high graduate employment
  • the opportunity to work anywhere in the UK.

Launching the campaign, Ian Cumming, Chief Executive Health Education England said:

“We want more young people leaving sixth form or college to consider a career in nursing and the allied health professions. These are highly valued and rewarding careers that we want young people to consider. These are roles that whilst challenging, offer a chance to make a real difference to people’s lives. These degrees offer some of the best rates of employability and a guaranteed job for life.

“We are committed to delivering the workforce of the future so it is right that we do everything we can to inspire young people at this pivotal time in their lives when they’re deciding what career path they want to take.”

Professor Bridie Kent, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences at the University of Plymouth, said: 

“We are incredibly proud of Rachel for promoting occupational therapy on such a prominent platform and hope it inspires more people to come into a hugely valuable profession. Our health graduates progress to a wide variety of professions in the health and social care sector, and all of us at the University are proud to work with local councils, the NHS, and health and social care providers to have a truly transformational impact on the well-being and economy of our region and beyond.”

Back in January it was announced that Rachel and fellow Plymouth student Jade Hedges-Stearn, founders of Sense Aware, received the £4,973 from the Aviva Community Fund to help their ‘local project make a big difference’.

Read more of Rachel's story on the NHS website

Get an overview of our occupational therapy course

Watch our short video giving you a overview of what it's like to study occupational therapy at Plymouth. Programme lead, Marnie Smith, talks you through the highlights of the course and what it's like to study in Plymouth.

“Occupational therapy is a very diverse profession which makes it really exciting. So that would enable you to apply for jobs in a whole range of sectors.”

Rachel studies occupational therapy at Plymouth

Do you want to help people to live the lives they want? This course will prepare you to help people deal with life challenges including ill-health, disability, and social problems. You’ll learn how everyday activities can be used and adapted creatively to promote health, wellbeing and a satisfying lifestyle, so that you graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective occupational therapist.

Find out more about our BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy course