The first graduates from the Occupational Therapy were congratulated by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal at the University of Central Lancashire.

Princess Anne is Patron of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, and she met with the first graduates from the programme on Wednesday 7 October, to celebrate their achievements as well as to officially open the Occupational Therapy Practice Skills area.

Princess Anne was given a tour of the facilities, including practical skills environments. This was a great opportunity to show the bespoke technology and authentic (patient) case studies used to support student learning.

The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion, after meeting with both undergraduate and postgraduate occupational therapy students and staff from the Faculty of Allied Health and Wellbeing. She also met with local practitioners who have played a key role in the development of the programme.

During the visit, Her Royal Highness said:

“A big thank you to the University here for their support of occupational therapy.The Royal College is delighted that you have taken it on to this level and are evolving it so rapidly. The response to your opening up of this course locally has been enormously encouraging.”

Speaking on the matter, UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Baldwin said:

“We were delighted and honoured to welcome The Princess Royal to the University and share with her examples of our work and educational partnerships, as well as our vision for the future of Occupational Therapy. It was certainly a day that our students will never forget.”

UCLan’s Dr Anne Milston, Deputy Head, School of Community Health and Midwifery, led the visit of the University’s Occupational Therapy facilities and added:

“This visit has been a wonderful boost for our students, staff and everyone connected with our Occupational Therapy programmes. The Princess Royal is a leading advocate for our profession and we hope her visit will highlight the vital work our first cohort of talented graduates will be doing in the future to support people of all ages, whose health may prevent them from getting on with their everyday lives.”