Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a health care profession which provides services to people whose ability to function in daily life has been disrupted by physical illness or injury, developmental problems, the ageing process or mental or emotional illness. 

The goal of Occupational Therapy is to assist each individual in achieving an independent, productive and satisfying life-style which incorporates a range of activities and interventions. 

These could include;

  • everyday necessities of daily living, such as preparing a meal, or getting dressed, going to school or work.  
  • Provision of specialist equipment to promote independence

Occupational Therapists;

  • Make sure that homes, workplaces and public places are accessible for people with specific needs
  • Enable people to learn new or different ways of carrying out activities. 
  • Help children overcome/adapt to learning or developmental challenges. 
  • Enable people to remain in their own homes
  • Help people to manage their mental illness more effectively to enable return to a fulfilling life.   
  • Ease the transition back into the home after being hospitalised.

Your Occupational Therapist will assess your self-care skills, personal living, equipment use and meal preparation. He/she will ensure that you are provided with the necessary equipment and minor adaptations to your home. Your occupational therapist will devise a treatment programme to ensure that the maximum level of function and independence is obtained.

Occupational Therapy is provided from a range of settings within the Trust including, acute hospitals, mental health hospitals, community settings, resource centres, schools, assessment clinics and people's homes.

There are many specialised therapists including:

  • Hand Therapists
  • Rheumatology
  • Paediatric Therapists
  • Brain Injury Therapists
  • Falls Therapists
  • Stroke Therapists
  • Mental Health Therapists
  • Community Therapists
  • Acute inpatient Therapists
  • Wheelchair Therapists 
  • Community Reablement /Rehabilitation Therapists

If you think you need to see an Occupational Therapist speak with your GP / Consultant or other Health Professional who will refer you to this service.

Useful Links:
www.patient.co.uk
www.arthritisresearchuk.org
www.autism.org.uk

Patient Leaflets:

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