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Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a science degree-based, health and social care profession, regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. Occupational Therapy takes a “whole-person approach” to both mental and physical health and wellbeing and enables individuals to achieve their full potential.

OTs help people overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, ageing, or accident, taking into consideration all of the patient’s needs: physical; psychological; social; and environmental.

“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 therapist’s 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.

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?

At NCH&C we have more than 250 OTs working in:

  • Children’s Services
  • Learning Disabilities teams
  • Community In-Patient units
  • Out-Patient Musculoskeletal & Hand Therapy clinics
  • Palliative care services
  • Community teams
  • Amputee & prosthetics services
  • Admission Avoidance teams
  • Neurological Rehab teams and Outreach services
  • Management roles

Find out more about their roles and how they are making big differences to their patients lives by clicking on the links below: