Occupational Therapists at ESHT have been promoting their work during Occupational Therapy Week, to help raise the profile of the profession which supports people to ‘live life their way’ despite any health or care needs they may be living with.
Occupational Therapists at Bexhill Irvine Rehabilitation Unit, Conquest Hospital, Eastbourne District General Hospital and Firwood House Joint Community Rehabilitation, had information stands and activities to demonstrate why Occupational Therapy is important in different arenas.
Caroline Lees, Head Occupational Therapist said: “We are delighted to be able to promote the work our Occupational Therapists do week in week out. Throughout OT week we had informational stands and activities to demonstrate and promote the value of Occupational Therapists. They provide practical support to empower people to aid their own recovery. Occupational Therapists allow people to overcome barriers which may be preventing them from doing the activities that matter most.”
She added: “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.”
Occupational Therapists have been described as the health and social care system’s ‘secret weapon’. They are the only health and social care registered profession educated to work across mental and physical health in the NHS and social care settings. Whether in a hospital, community, social care, mental health or learning disability setting, they are uniquely placed to see the whole person and support their recovery, with the aim of achieving their full potential.