07 November 2017

Occupational Therapy Week runs from 6-10 November. The week aims to 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 therapy provides support to people whose health prevents them doing the activities that matter to them.
 
I am an Occupational Therapist
This year's theme is .....“I am an occupational therapist”, building on the Royal College of Occupational Therapists call for its members to be ‘loud and proud’ of the difference they make to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people every week. 

A Day in the Life of ... an OT
ELFT Occupational Therapist Felicity Bowden has written an account of her job in the Trust's 'A Day in the Life of ...' blog. Read her intriguing account here

Occupational Therapy Week in Newham
On Thursday 9 November and Friday 10 November, Newham OTs will be at the Newham Centre for Mental Health in the reception areas spreading the word about OT Week. Pop along from 12-2 pm.
 
The Occupational Therapy Profession
Occupational therapists are often regarded as the health and care system’s “secret agents”. 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 the whole person holistically.

With the arrival of Accountable Care Systems, their time has come - with a greater focus on keeping people out of hospital or expediting their discharge as soon as they are clinically stable, OTs play a key part in making this possible.
 
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.