PDA in Occupational Therapy Support

The new Professional Development Award (PDA) in Occupational Therapy Support at SCQF level 8 is specifically designed to equip individuals with a range of knowledge, specialist skills and values to enable them to improve professional practice, and provide continuous professional development. It has been designed for employees aspiring to advance their practice or gain employment, as assistant practitioners, senior support workers or paraprofessionals within occupational therapy. It has been planned as a progression route for specified SCQF level 7 awards.

The development of the award was supported by the College of Occupational Therapists (COT). This was further evidenced by the signing of a joint agreement between the Scottish Qualifications Authority and College of Occupational Therapists Limited. The joint agreement means that candidates achieving the PDA in Occupational Therapy Support at SCQF level 8 will received a certificate with both the SQA logo and the COT logo.