Thomas Hawksworth's story - What our students say - University of Derby

Thomas Hawksworth's story

Thomas Hawksworth image with text (504 x 299) for 'What our student's say' section of OT

When did you first know you wanted to go into a career in Occupational Therapy?

I didn’t always want to be an Occupational Therapist; but I did always want to help people. I guess that’s the common thread running through all those that begin this journey, the connecting vein across the courses throughout our occupational therapy student community; the ability to see the worth of people and the worth in the ability of people. People often view themselves and others by what they cannot do and by who they are not, whereas occupational therapy, by definition, is concerned about who people are and what they can and want to do. These are the foundations that are built by studying at Derby.

How has your first year of study been?

For me, the first year has been about self-development; developing your knowledge and skills base in regards to occupational therapy, developing your communication repertoire and developing your understanding of who you are as a person, as a professional and as an eventual occupational therapist. Everyone comes into the course via different avenues, but the first year provides everyone with the same opportunities to discover their own qualities.

How does the course support you as an individual?

The course provides a safe and nurturing environment with staff that are genuinely investing in your progress. Theoretical knowledge is complimented by group workshops and placements that will develop, challenge and enhance your capabilities.


Recognition of excellence

Thomas was acknowledged for his work as a student respresentative by being awarded with a certificate from Khonzie Ndlovu-Gachengo, Workforce Development Manager, from Health Education East Midlands (HEEM) Derbyshire earlier this week.

Khonzie said: "We are heavily involved in rewarding learners across the East Midlands who show exceptional skills or support others learning as Thomas did. This is one of the first learners certificates we have presented. It was a great surprise for Thomas to collect the certificate; we felt it was important to reward and acknowledge his hard work over the past two years."

"Thomas has provided excellent support to the students within the 2014 Occupational Therapy cohort prior to them commencing the programme and within the induction weeks."