Celebrating National Occupational Therapy Week 5 - 11 November
09 November 2018


Our Occupational Therapists (OTs) across Sussex has been busy celebrating Occupational Therapy Week. OTs have held a stall at Crawley Hospital showcasing their work and the support they provide to patients and in Brighton the OT team have been sharing what occupational therapy means to them.

Below are some photos of OT teams taken during the week:

What is Occupational Therapy?

OTs work with patients to help them to achieve independence and to live fuller lives. Occupational therapy takes a “whole-person approach” to mental and physical health and wellbeing, and enables individuals to achieve their full potential after illness or injury.

Patients work with therapists to identify valued activities that are difficult to do because of a physical, cognitive or mental health condition. Interestingly, OTs are uniquely placed to treat  patients holistically because they are the only registered profession qualified to work across mental and physical health in the NHS and social care settings, Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Sussex Community employs over 180 OTs who work in huge variety of teams and locations across Sussex. Some of these include Responsive Services who support people in their own homes, inpatient units/wards, wheelchair services, specialist neurological teams, supporting the homeless and limb amputee rehabilitation. They also support children with complex disabilities, sensory processing difficulties and co-ordination difficulties – just to name a few!

Occupational therapy not only have a positive impact on patients but it also contributes positively to the wider health and care system by reducing hospital admissions, and supports people to get back home and out of hospital quicker.

Therapies recruitment campaign

As part of the Trust’s #CommunityThatCares recruitment campaign, a number of colleagues have shared their stories in order to give an insight into the daily lives of an occupational therapist:

Holly, a Specialist OT for intermediate care at the Kleinwort Centre in Haywards Heath said:

“I’m so passionate about occupational therapy that I use the leaning and skills in my own life to keep me happy and healthy.”

“I support such a vast range of people. I work with them to realise their own goals and to get them as independent as possible, so they can return back home safely.

“One of my key successes so far has been planning and organising regular wellbeing activities for patients which has improved recovery rates, wellbeing and confidence, and reduced time patients spend at hospital.”

Emma, an Occupational Therapist, who works in Brighton and Hove said:

“I’m currently working with the Integrated Primary Care Team where I go out and support patients in their own homes, to keep them well and independent, avoiding admissions to hospital.

 “Through these rotations you never stop learning and developing. I get regular supervision and work with experienced senior Occupational Therapists who are brilliant mentors.”

Read more stories from our therapists at www.individualasyou.com/therapy-services

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