Occupational Therapists (OTs) help our service users gain independence, always aiming to demonstrate to both the service user and their families just how much they can do for themselves. They enable and re-enable a patient’s ability, most importantly improving quality of life.

Whilst working within services around the trust OTs join forces with district nurses, social services, speech and language therapists and much more. They offer help to all ages, from children to older people.

To celebrate our fantastic OTs and raise awareness of the crucial work they undertake we spoke to a few of them to find out why they enjoy their job.

An OT in our community therapy service said: “It is rewarding seeing the difference we can make to patients, families and carers lives through the work we do and the further support we seek for them.”

Another OT working with older adults added: “I enjoy supporting people to get better and supporting families. I try to help people to increase quality of life, even if it is in a small way.”

The OTs deal with a variety of service users, all with different needs and challenges. Our OTs use their experience and knowledge to focus on the individual they are supporting.

A senior OT working within our adult services said: “No two days are the same; the complexity of each individual and their needs is unique and requires a combination of compassion, creativity, skill and knowledge”.

A children’s community OT further explained: “I love the variety of my job – no day is the same! It’s also wonderful when you can see you have made a difference in a child’s life, that is really rewarding.”

Sara Bolton, Associate Director of Allied Health Professionals praised the therapists: “It is so important we celebrate occupational therapy week to recognise the work our teams do around the trust. They support the recovery of our patients with an approachable and knowledgeable manner.”

Without OTs working within teams around the trust our service users would not be able to gain as much independence, confidence and support in recovery to improve their everyday lives. We value their contribution to our services as we celebrate OT awareness week.