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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy provides practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery 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.

"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.

Occupational therapists play a critical role in helping 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.  They can help people to continue doing the daily activities that maintain their health and wellbeing and are important to them.

When occupational therapists work with people they focus on:

  • Enabling clients to function at an optimal level, despite barriers
  • How activities which the person needs or wants to do can be modified or adapted to make them easier
  • How clients feel about themselves and their ability to tackle problems
  • How the physical and social environment can be altered so that restrictions are reduced
  • Recommending equipment so the person feels confident carrying out essential tasks

Occupational therapy at Wye Valley NHS Trust

Occupational Therapists (OTS) work across the Trust as part of the multi-disciplinary team (MDT).

Contact Numbers for Occupational Therapists (Some may also be contacted via their clinical specialty)

Hereford County Hospital in-patients

01432 355444 ext 5444

Hereford County Hospital in-patient stroke

Contact Wye Ward 01432 355444 ext 4111

Hereford County Hospital Out-patients (Hand therapy and Inflammatory Arthritis)

01432 364026

Community Neighbourhood Teams

01432 842244

Hospital@Home

01432 340949

Bromyard Community Hospital In-patients

01885 485709

Leominster Community Hospital In-patients

01568 617348

Ross Community Hospital In-patients

01989 561105

Ledbury Intermediate Care Unit In-patients

01531 637613

Children’s Occupational Therapy (Community)

01432 269584

Head of Service – Stephanie Kerridge

01432 372995


The Teams at Wye Valley Trust work in liaison with Occupational Therapists based at:

  • Herefordshire Council - Equipment and Adaptations - 01432 260101
  • 2Gether Trust – Mental Health - 01432 842200
  • Learning Disabilities - 01432 383400
  • Herefordshire Community Equipment Store - 0300 1000045

Please call the Community Equipment Store to arrange to return equipment if you no longer need it.

Opportunities to meet the team

If you are interested in working in Occupational Therapy as a profession we can offer you a day of work experience, please call 01432 372995. 

If you are a qualified Occupational Therapist and are interested in discussing opportunities to work on our Bank or to find out about any current and forthcoming vacancies within the Trust, please call 01432 372995.

Referral Forms

 

Useful Links

Royal College of Occupational Therapists
www.rcot.co.uk

Twitter feed @WVT-OT

Contact Details

Head of Occupational Therapy and Orthotics
Stephanie Kerridge

For contact details for our team members see the main OT page left.

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