Occupational Therapists in the community
Celebrating Occupational Therapy Week 2020
Occupational Therapists provide practical support to help people recover and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. This support increases people’s independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life. Think about your day-to-day life; would you be able to cope or live fully if you didn’t have access to the internet? Or couldn’t get out of bed in the morning? Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions; most commonly those who have difficulties due to a mental health illness, physical or learning disabilities.
“Occupation” as a term refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure. An occupational therapists’ role is to help people of all ages overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, ageing or accident so that they can carry out everyday tasks or occupations.
An occupational therapist will consider all of the patient’s needs – physical, psychological, social and environmental. This support can make a real difference giving people a renewed sense of purpose, opening new horizons, and changing the way they feel about the future.
At NCH&C occupational therapists work in:
- Children’s Services
- Learning Disabilities teams
- Community inpatient units
- Out patient musculoskeletal & hand therapy clinics
- Palliative care services
- Community teams
- Early Intervention teams
- Amputee & prosthetics services
- Early supported discharge
- Admission avoidance teams
- Neurological rehab teams and outreach services
- Management roles
We are recruiting occupational therapists
If you’re interested in joining NCH&C as an occupational therapist, visit our vacancies page to see our current vacancies: https://wearenchc.nhs.uk/looking-for-a-job/