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Occupational Therapy Service

Who is our service for?

We work across the Trust, supporting people of all ages who have many kinds of mental health problems.

How do we help?

Occupational therapy is a profession that enables people with mental and physical health needs to maintain and develop the skills and abilities they need to lead independent and satisfying lives. We work closely with other staff members including psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, and dietitians to help design care plans that benefit people.

Someone would benefit from occupational therapy when their mental and physical well-being is affecting their ability to do day-to-day things, such as getting dressed, going shopping, doing paid work, and playing sports. All of these things, and more, can become harder when someone has mental and physical health problems. Occupational therapy can help someone to maintain, develop, or regain the skills and abilities that can help them overcome these difficulties.

Before we begin supporting someone, we complete a thorough assessment of the person’s need. This will help us find out what areas of someone’s day-to-day life they will need support with. We then work with the person, or their carer, to find solutions that will allow the person to continue doing these everyday things. We can do this in group and in 1-on-1 sessions. These sessions can focus on leisure activities, such as sports and hobbies, and life skills, like managing time, planning meals, and handling money. We may also be able to help people with training for employment.

We can also offer advice on how someone’s home or workspace could be changed to help them continue with their day-to-day life. We can provide someone with specialist equipment and advice to help meet their physical needs. This could help someone with such things as falls, posture, and manual handling.

How do you access or refer into our service?

We work within teams in the following areas of the trust:

  • Adult, Older Adult
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Child and Adolescent services.

Someone being supported by a team within one of these services will be able to access occupational therapy.

How do you contact us?

For information on occupational therapy within the Trust, and information on how to make a referral, contact:

Kath Lewis
Professional Lead
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