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Occupational Therapists take centre stage this week

Monday 05 November 2018

Occupational Therapists take centre stage this week
A team of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are getting out and about in November to raise the profile of their profession which supports people to ‘live life their way’ despite any health or care needs they may be living with. The event is part of this year’s Occupational Therapy Week, organised by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

Taking place from 5 – 11 November the theme of Occupational Therapy Week this year is “Securing the future of occupational therapy”.

Occupational Therapy enables people to participate in daily life to improve their health and wellbeing.  Daily life is made up of many activities such as self-care (getting ready to go out or eating a meal), being productive (going to work or volunteering), and leisure (socialising with friends or participating in hobbies). Occupational Therapists can adapt activities to help people get the most from life.

Occupational Therapists have been described as the health and care system’s secret weapon. They are the only registered profession qualified to work across both mental and physical health. This means that they are uniquely placed to see a person holistically. 

To celebrate Occupational Therapy Week the team will be constructing different stalls throughout the hospital for members of staff and the public to view and learn more about what occupational therapy can offer. The team will also be getting involved with educating young generations of students by attending different schools on the island and educating pupils about occupational therapy. 

Occupational therapy week follows the success of the Channel Islands Occupational Therapy Conference held this year in Guernsey on the 19th April. The theme of the conference this year was “uncovering and unlocking our potential” exploring the new and exciting avenues of Occupational Therapy. Since the conference, inter professional relationships have strengthened between the emergency services and primary care resulting in a number of pilot projects to enable smoother, more seamless services, for the general public and aging population.

You do not need to go to the doctor to get an appointment with the team. Anybody who would like to know more about how occupational therapy can benefit them can contact Peter Smart Occupational Therapy Assistant 01481 725241 ext 4085 or  Alternatively members of the public can self-refer through the community services referral coordinator (Community referrals coordinator 01481 725241 ext 3313).     

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