A team of occupational therapists (OTs) from Airedale Hospital are raising the profile of their profession which supports people to ‘live life their way’ despite any health or care needs they may be living with, as part of this year’s Occupational Therapy Week, organised by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).
Taking place from 5 – 11 November the theme of Occupational Therapy Week this year is “Securing the future of occupational therapy”.
Occupational therapists from Airedale Hospital are getting involved in doing just that by making pledges, sharing blog posts from various OTs who work in the hospital and out in the community describing their job roles and having an information stall during the week.
Occupational Therapists have been described as the health and care system’s “secret weapon”. They are the only registered profession qualified to work across mental and physical health and in NHS and social care settings. This means that they are uniquely placed to see a whole person holistically. The team at Airedale provide quality care and rehabilitation at hospital and in patients’ own homes.
Eleanor Binns is an OT working within the Airedale and Wharfedale community rehab team. She says, “I strive to ensure I give 100% to each patient I see. Seeing someone in their own home provides me with a clear insight into the whole person and their daily routine. It enables me to look at how they manage activities of daily living during a daily routine, from getting out of bed, washing and dressing, eating, drinking and domestic tasks. As well as equipment and adaptations, I can provide self-care advice such as energy conservation, fatigue management, relaxation techniques as well as signposting on to other agencies and professionals.”
Julia Scott, CEO at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists said: “I’m delighted that Airedale Hospital has joined the hundreds of organisations supporting Occupational Therapy Week. It is a great reflection of local community spirit.
“The blog posts and pledges are an excellent way to promote the value of services that provide practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing people from doing the activities that matter to them. Occupational Therapy support can make a real difference giving people a renewed sense of purpose, opening up new horizons, and changing the way they feel about the future.”