PCN Occupational Therapy Apprentice
(West Leeds PCN)

Pay scheme



National Minimum Wage (up to 37.5 Hours,1 day a week at university)




3 years

Working pattern

Flexible working

Reference number


Job locations

Manor House

23 Robin Lane


LS28 7BR

Job summary

We are seeking to recruit someone who wishes to pursue an apprenticeship for an Occupational Therapy Degree. We would propose to employ the successful recruit in the role of Occupational Therapy Assistant whilst they study with a view to them becoming a fully fledged Occupational Therapist with a permanent contract upon completion of the degree course. We are a teaching PCN with a large and diverse workforce so if you wish to learn about primary care health disciplines whilst you study for a new qualification this could be the role for you. The successful recruit would work with our qualified and experienced Occupational Therapists, learning as they go. You would also have a very exciting opportunity to link in with our other clinical teams for a truly holistic and multi disciplinary work ethos. You will also have protected study time to engage with the course at Huddersfield University as needed. Work with us and we will help to develop, train and grow you!

Main duties of the job

You will work closely with our existing Occupational Therapists who will help to nurture and develop you. Some of the duties will include:

– Assist the First Contact Practitioner (FCP) Occupational Therapists to provide high quality therapy interventions to primary care patients who may be experiencing difficulties with activities of daily living because of physical or mental health symptoms.

– To deliver patient care, as directed by the team manager, understanding the range of clinical therapeutic interventions with limited/indirect supervision in patients homes and other community settings.

– Key areas of intervention are mental health anxiety and low mood management, frailty, and symptom management of long term conditions e.g. pain, fatigue.

– Carry a small caseload providing treatment plans/packages designed by the OT’s. There will be ongoing support to monitor, review and evaluate progress, making alterations to treatment programmes as required.

– Lead group and individual treatment sessions. These may take place over the telephone, in the GP Surgery, community setting or within a patients home.

– Help manage the OT resources including assessment and treatment resources, equipment ordering /monitoring and to help with the setting up of equipment.

– Assist in promoting the OT service across the Primary Care Network (PCN).

About us

West Leeds PCN now has approximately 50 members of staff (having grown from 3 in 2019!) and we are very proud of the high quality healthcare we deliver to our community. We are also very proud of the warm and cohesive bond we have with our 6 member practices, without whose support we could not function. Ultimately it is the 70000 local patients who benefit the most which fits wonderfully with the heart of our PCN. Please see our website for more information about who we are and what we do

Job description

Job responsibilities

The requirements of the degree course are:

Occupational Therapy University degree BSc

1000 placement hours over the 3 years placements are mapped and planned by the University. For example, 1 5-week placement in 1st year, 2 6-week placements in 2nd year and 1 8-week placement in 3rd year

Also do 70-hour placement called widening Occupational Therapy in 3rd year looks at how an OT could work in and benefit an organisation that doesn’t normally have OT’s

University 1 day a week day to be determined either a Monday or Friday

Hybrid teaching method virtual or face to face depends on the module

7.5 hours off the job training per week

Variety of different types of assessment practical, written, oral etc.

Lots of support offered to the student by the University – each student will be allocated a personal tutor

The job requirements for the OTA role while you study can be found on the uploaded job specification document

Person Specification



  • GCSE English grade A*-C (9-4 on new system) or equivalent level 2 qualification
  • GCSE Mathematics grade A*-C (9-4 on new system) or equivalent level 2 qualification
  • BBB at A Level preferable in a health-related subject
  • Merit at T Level in Health or Healthcare Science
  • DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care or Applied Science.
  • and
  • Willingness to study on the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy degree on an apprenticeship route.


  • Have completed some level 3 study within the last 6 years such as BBB A Level, DDM BTEC, Access Course or CACHE
  • Please see uploaded document for full specifications needed

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.