Clare
Senior Specialist Occupational Therapist 

The NHS for me, means enabling children and families to reach their potential and give them the skills to do what they want in everyday life.

I’ve been a qualified Occupational Therapist for 27 years, and went straight from college to University, and have since then worked and travelled in many different places including Australia and New Zealand. I’ve been with SCFT for the last 20 years.

The NHS has had a positive impact on my family for example; my daughter had her tonsils out, meaning we had access to local services. My father died and went into a hospice, and the NHS were very much involved in his care.

My NHS hero would be Betty Hutchon, a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist – she’s so inspiring and I’ve been on a couple of her courses.

The NHS turning 70 is important because it shows that despite how much has changed in the last 70 years, the general principals and structure of society is still the same. What people did 70 years ago was different though, meaning the NHS has had to keep up with these changes.

I work with an amazing team for 20 years – I’ve been really lucky!