Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social Work


  • Endeavour Academy

    Lisa Rogan

    I have never experienced an all-round supportive environment such as Endeavour Academy.

    I spent time with every single member of staff, and I truly think I learnt something from all of them! There were a variety of experiences in the faculty and I was eager to pick their brains in order to further understand how to engage with the children and enable them in creative ways. Every day was a challenge, every day was different and I felt every emotion possible. I cried, laughed, and most importantly, will never forget the people I met and the things I learnt. With or without the award, Endeavour Academy is the placement I will remember.

    Accident & Emergency Department, Wexham Park Hospital

    Almond Widgery

    I genuinely could not have enjoyed this placement more, and I am seriously thinking about returning to work here following qualification.

    I could not have asked for a better second year placement, and feel I have developed into much more of the OT I want to be in the future following observation of such an inspiring and motivating PE – I only hope I can live up to her standards!

    Abingdon Older Adults Community Mental Health Team, Abingdon Community Hospital

    Stacie Hill

    Throughout my placement I was both supported and integrated into a professional and efficient team.

    I was made to feel welcome and encouraged to further my learning opportunities not only by my educator but also by other members of the multi-disciplinary team. They demonstrated amazing teamwork which subsequently delivered an outstanding service and care to all that were being treated and seen by them. I could not fault the service they provide, their teamwork, communication skills and attitude.

    Ainslie Rehabilitation Unit

    Chatherine Halstead

    The whole team were amazing – went to great efforts to make me feel welcome and were very supportive.

    Each member of the team was very accessible, even the head manager, who I felt able to approach if needed. They set an amazing example for client-centred care and were not afraid to challenge anything they felt was not in the clients’ best interests. I have been extremely inspired by this as they really put their patients first, and demonstrated excellent communication and inter-professional skills.

    Buckinghamshire Neurorehabilitation Unit, Amersham Hospital

    Jacqueline Fischer

    I believe that the pro-active approach that the OT team had to working on the competencies with me...

    ... the way that learning was encouraged, and the fact that my goals, strengths and weaknesses were sought after and worked on from the outset, enabled me to get the most out of this placement. I learnt so much in such a short space of time and this placement has opened my eyes to an area of Occupational Therapy that I find incredibly interesting and am now really passionate about learning more of this field. I couldn't have asked for more from this placement, it was such a fantastic experience!

    Men's Service, St Andrew's Healthcare (Northampton)

    Abby Sewell

    I have learnt a lot from this placement and think that future placements should continue to be here as I learnt some outstanding things such as dissertation tips...

    ... presentation skills, self- appraisal skills and most of the importance of mental health services and the structure of them as well as policies and procedures. I feel this placement deserves an award for the care they provide the patients as well as the support they provided to me through my practice placement. It has changed my perception of what a medium secure ward is like.

    Oxford Centre for Enablement, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre

    Amy Stringer

    Passionate and inspiring staff role models, supportive & nurturing learning culture, access to tools & resources to facilitate learning, dynamic learning & development environment.

    My placement has been truly memorable & has inspired me to want to work in a team with the same passion, drive for quality service and a commitment to professional development of self.