Celebrating the value of Occupational Therapy   

A team of health professionals who support people to get the most from life were out and about raising awareness of their work during Occupational Therapy Week (November 5-11).

The occupational therapists at Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) showcased their profession and value they bring to people’s lives at an event in the WellBean Coffee Lounge at Tickhill Road Hospital.

The event, which was held on Wednesday November 7, involved patients, staff and carers getting taking part in a selection of wellness activities which included poppy making and mindful colouring.

Wendy Ferguson, RDaSH Mental Health Professional Lead Occupational Therapist, said: “We provide practical support to empower people to move beyond their mental illness and to overcome barriers preventing them from doing the day to day activities and work that matter to them.

“We can make a real difference to people’s lives helping them to gain a renewed sense of purpose, opening up new horizons and changing the way they feel about the future. Occupational Therapy Week gives us a platform to show how we add real value to the lives of people with a mental illness.”

Occupational Therapists have been described as the health and social care system’s ‘secret weapon’.  They are the only health and social care registered profession educated to work across mental and physical health in the NHS and social care settings. Whether in a hospital, community, social care, mental health and learning disability settings they are uniquely placed to see the whole person and support their recovery with the aim of achieving their full potential.

Occupational Therapy Week is held every year in the first week of November by The Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Photo shows: RDaSH Occupational Therapists and students. (Standing left to right): Somia Jan; Tracy Miller, Occupational Therapists;  Mandy Jackson, Technical Instructor; Jane Sayner, Occupational Therapist; Courtney Davies, Student Occupational Therapist and Wendy Ferguson, Mental Health Professional Lead Occupational Therapist. (Front row left to right): Sarah Bills, Occupational Therapist; Cathryn Zimsek, Student Occupational Therapist and Emma Norris, Occupational Therapist.

Photo shows: RDaSH Occupational Therapists and students. (Standing left to right): Somia Jan; Tracy Miller, Occupational Therapists;  Mandy Jackson, Technical Instructor; Jane Sayner, Occupational Therapist; Courtney Davies, Student Occupational Therapist and Wendy Ferguson, Mental Health Professional Lead Occupational Therapist. (Front row left to right): Sarah Bills, Occupational Therapist; Cathryn Zimsek, Student Occupational Therapist and Emma Norris, Occupational Therapist.