Trust celebrates Occupational Therapy Week

NHS staff at a Balby-based Trust who help people to live better and more fulfilling lives have been celebrating their profession during National Occupational Therapy Week (2 to 8 November).

Pictured occupational therapy support workers Hayley Smith (left) and Neil Wriglesworth (right) with their display at Emerald Lodge Rehabilitation Service in Bentley, Doncaster.

Pictured occupational therapy support workers Hayley Smith (left) and Neil Wriglesworth (right) with their display at Emerald Lodge Rehabilitation Service in Bentley, Doncaster.

The occupational therapists, who work for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), held displays in public areas where they work to raise the profile of the work they do.

Wendy Ferguson, RDaSH Occupational Therapy Lead for Adult Mental Health Services said: “Around 115,000 people access RDaSH services each year, and every one of these will have their own individual needs.

“There are currently 122 occupational therapists in our Trust, who play a huge role in helping people, regardless of age, to overcome the effects of a disability, illness or an accident, as well as the effects of aging.

“They all have the necessary skills to address mental and physical health needs as well as a patient’s social needs and help them find solutions to support them to stay active and do the everyday things most of us take for granted – such as preparing a meal, returning to work, or doing a favourite pastime.

“These displays demonstrate our role and the valuable part it plays within the wider NHS.”

National Occupational Therapy Week runs every year in November to provide the 36,000 occupational therapists registered with the Health and Care Professions Council across the UK to promote their work and share their passion for their profession.

Over the past 2 years it is estimated that over 60,000 people have heard about the work of occupational therapy during Occupational Therapy Week.