Occupational therapy helps people of all ages to lead healthy and fulfilling lives by improving their ability to carry out daily activities.
Occupational therapists treat individuals by assessing and working on functional ability, providing education for patients or carers, modifying ways of doing tasks, supplying equipment, recommending environmental modification, and organising services required to enable the patient to function as independently as possible.
As occupational therapists (OT), we aim to provide timely and appropriate services to enable our patients to achieve the best possible quality of recovery and optimum independence following injury or illness.
For more information on how occupational therapy can help you or if you are considering a career as an OT please visit the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
If you are interested in working as an occupational therapist for the Trust, please visit the careers section of this website for more information.
Video: occupational therapy
This video explains what occupational therapy involves, who can benefit and the types of help available. Video from the NHS website.
Occupational Therapy Teams cover the following specialities:
- Orthopaedics and Surgery
The OT team will review with the patient how they are managing their day to day activities and identify ways to overcome or manage the issues affecting them. These areas may include:
- Personal care
- Domestic tasks
- Mobility and transfers
- Cognitive ability
This can also involve:
- Assessment for equipment to promote independence
- Advice on compensatory techniques
- Manual handling and risk assessment
- Referral to community services with your consent.
OT’s within the outpatient Hand Therapy Service provide non-surgical management of hand disorders and injuries including exercises, splinting and wound care.
OT’s within the outpatient Rheumatology Service provide treatment and advice to help you look after your joints, through splinting, equipment, exercise and advice. This is done through individual and group sessions.