Occupational Therapy Week is an annual campaign which takes place from 2 – 8 November to raise awareness of the many opportunities within Occupational Therapy, and celebrate the amazing work of Occupational Therapists (OT) across the country.
At NHFT we have an amazing team of OTs who are based across Northamptonshire and provide outstanding and compassionate care for our service users and patients. Our OTs work as part of the multidisciplinary teams within our mental health, learning disability and physical health services which span inpatient beds, community based services, and specialist services such as secured services (prisons).
OTs make a difference every day to provide life changing support to patients and service users who are experiencing a wide range of illnesses, injuries, mental and physical health conditions. By working collaboratively with patients, carers, and families they create and implement unique treatment plans that aim to improve independence and meet individual’s needs to improve their overall wellbeing. With their treatment and support our OTs enable people to carry out everyday activities ('occupations') and improve their lives.
By working with people to understand their individual strengths and balancing choice and risk, they can help people recover from injury or adapt to living with a long-term condition, and harness new skills to enjoy a full and independent life. This support can make a real difference; giving people a renewed sense of confidence, open up new opportunities, and change the way they feel about the future.
Sarah Wilson, Service Manager for Inpatient Mental Health Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, said: “Occupational Therapy Week provides us with an opportunity to celebrate and recognise the vital role our OTs make to improve people’s quality of life everyday.
“Working alongside our patients and service users as an Occupational Therapist to help make a difference to their lives and provide them with the support and care they need to do things that really matter to them is a true privilege.”
Occupational therapy is a science degree-based, health and social care profession. Registered Occupational Therapists are regulated by the Health and care professions council and are one of the 14 professions classed as Allied Health Professions (AHPs) which as a collective forms the third largest workforce in the NHS.
To find out more about what occupational therapists do or how to train as an occupational therapist go to: www.rcot.co.uk