Occupational Therapists (OTs) are attached to every clinical speciality and provide a service to all age groups. They assess in-patients and identify needs and problems resulting from illness, injury or disability. This helps to facilitate a safe and timely discharge.
The service offers a package of care which is designed to improve or maintain ability through specially selected activities, enabling patients to reach their maximum level of functioning and independence in daily life. The OTs work in partnership with the individuals concerned and are part of a consistent multi-disciplinary team approach.
OTs also assess patients in preparation for elective orthopaedic surgery, such as hip and knee replacements, and hold pre-operative workshops to help prepare patients and consider how they might need to adapt their lifestyle following the operation. These include one to one sessions for all patients with a qualified Occupational Therapist and provision of equipment as necessary.
In addition we provide a hand and rheumatology out-patient service working in close liaison with physiotherapists in the same clinical area. Custom made pressure garments treating traumatic hand injuries and symptoms of long term conditions e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis are also provided by Occupational Therapy.
The department is staffed by 9 Occupational Therapists and
5 Technical Instructors who all work on a part time basis to allow for maximum cover in the department.
Links with other departments
Occupational Therapy is based in a combined Therapy Services department and works closely together with colleagues in physiotherapy.
The in-patient team has strong links with social services and the Integrated Community Equipment Store.
They also work closely together with the Occupational Therapy Teams based at the Primary Care Trust and share information with the consent of patients as they are transferred between services.
01432 355444 ext 4026
Head of Occupational Therapy and Orthotics