Emma Shiels

Emma Shiels

Where are you from?

I was born in Bolton and live in the Greater Manchester area.

Where did you study/ work previously?
I have recently been accepted onto the new Occupational Therapy apprenticeship scheme studying at Sheffield Hallam University. After working as a Rehab Assistant, I decided that becoming an Occupational Therapist would be my dream job and was lucky enough to be given the opportunity to join the new apprenticeship funded by Munro Therapy Services.

What is a typical day at MTS like for you?

My typical day consists of a variety of work, including going out with clients and following treatment plans set by our OTs, which is the highlight to my job! No single day is the same, I might be concentrating on road safety with a client one day and helping a client how to budget their money.

I also arrange appointments and chase requests from our clients for equipment or activities they would like to do.

What’s the best thing about your role?
The best thing about my role as a Rehabilitation Assistant is being able to carry out treatment plans, watching my clients progress and achieve their goals. As Rehab Assistants, we build strong professional relationships with our clients, and after spending months on a particular goal, seeing them achieve it gives me a real sense of pride!

What do you consider is your biggest achievement within your role?
My biggest achievement with my role is being accepted onto the new Occupational Therapy Apprentice degree. Although this is with a tinge of sadness, as I will not be able to see my clients on a regular basis, I am still very proud and excited to start the next step in my career in becoming an Occupational Therapist.