Occupational Therapists from Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust are getting out and about to raise the profile of their profession which supports people to ‘live life their way’ despite any health or care needs they may be living with. They are playing their part in this this year’s Occupational Therapy Week, organised by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).
Taking place from 6 – 12 November, the theme of Occupational Therapy Week this year is “I am an Occupational Therapist” building on the RCOT’s call for its members to be ‘loud and proud’ of the value they add to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every week.
Occupational Therapists have been having information stands in Costa Coffee at the Manor Hospital and their final one will be tomorrow, Thursday 9 November 2017, from 11am-1.30pm for people to find out more.
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.
Research from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists has shown that Occupational Therapists working on the frontline with ambulance services and in accident and emergency departments can reduce unnecessary admissions by up to 80%. Occupational Therapists on acute medical wards can cut stays from 9.5 days to just one day.
Working in social care, occupational therapy-led services have been shown to provide better quality more person-centred services where for every £1 spent on clients receiving it, £1.43 is saved through a reduction in the need for ongoing home care support because clients become more independent.
Sally Woolams, Clinical Manager (Occupational Therapist) who leads a team of Therapists at Walsall Manor Hospital and in Intermediate Care Services said: “We enjoy taking part in Occupational Therapy Week to promote the job we do and to take the opportunity to educate people around the benefits of Occupational Therapy, not only to patients but also to their families. The preventative work we do is also important to support patients well so they don’t deteriorate and require hospital admission.
“If you think you would benefit from a service that can help you if you are having difficulties with the everyday tasks and get you back to living life your way or if you would just like some more information about what we do, please pop down and have a chat with us.”
Julia Scott, CEO at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists said: “I’m delighted that Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust has joined the hundreds of organisations supporting Occupational Therapy Week. It is a great reflection of local community spirit.
“This is 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.”