Occupational Therapy Course Place Cuts Larger Than Expected
The number of commissioned occupational therapy student places in English Universities is set to drop by more than was previously expected.
According to figures from the College of Occupational Therapists, 77 places be cut, a higher figure than the 40 originally stated by Health Education England.
The HEE’s revisions to the Workforce Plan for England 2016 - the document setting out budgets - include a further 2.6% reduction in occupational therapy commissions, which correlates to 40 individual university places.
COT have already contacted HEE about the data management discrepancies and the scale of the cuts, and have advised universities to challenge local figures the organisation have provided concerning OT course cuts.
“We have always been concerned about the proposed reduction in commissioned places for our English universities that pre-registration education for occupational therapists,” said COT Assistant Director of Education and Research Dr. Elizabeth White.
“Whilst we noted that the reduction was considerably lower for occupational therapy than for other allied health professions, nonetheless the proposed 3.4% cut was a significant reduction and raised concerns about the ability of the profession to be able to contribute adequately to workforce demands of the future.”