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Award-winning graduate begins occupational therapy career

Friday 30th November 2018
A newly-qualified occupational therapist has just been named student of the year at the University of Carlisle.
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A postgraduate student who has just completed her studies has had triple cause for celebration, with her academic success and a post as an occupational therapist being topped by a personal award.

Lotty Romaniszyn, who recently enjoyed her graduation ceremony at the University of Carlisle after completing her MSc in occupational therapy, has just been named postgraduate student of the year by staff in the university's Department of Health, Psychology and Social Studies.

She has already found a post after passing her course, working as a Band 5 occupational therapist at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

Mrs Romaniszyn, a married mother of three, had previously been employed as a neurotherapy support worker on Orkney, where she worked to help people who had suffered brain injuries or were recovering from strokes. She and her husband moved down to Carlisle so that she could undertake her two-year MSc and she was one of 23 graduates in this subject.

She commented that the time was right to undertake the postgrad study, with her own children at an age where they were going to university themselves. She remarked: "I've always worked in health and social care in a variety of roles and wanted to do this.”

The bursary funding available and level of classroom support were invaluable to her in the course, she added. 

MSc Occupational Therapy programme leader Susie Wilson said: “Lotty has achieved exceptional marks and she got distinctions in every piece of work she submitted. 

"That’s getting over 70 per cent in every piece of work. She was very committed academically and was great while on placement.”

Mrs Romaniszyn's work at the West Cumbria Hospital may build on some innovative work being done by its occupational therapists this year.

Last month, Cumbria Crack reported that occupational therapists have created a kitchen at the hospital where recovering patients can undertake simple daily tasks like preparing meals, a function that can help with assessments of their recovery and whether they are ready to go home.

Written by Alex Franklin Stortford

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