NHS Tayside celebrates Occupational Therapy Week


Occupational therapists in Tayside are joining in the celebrations this week to mark Occupational Therapy Week (5-11 November).

Occupational Therapy Week is an annual celebration of the profession to raise awareness of the work carried out by occupational therapy (OT) teams across the country, recognising the vital role they play in treating patients.

In Tayside, there are more than 190 OTs working with patients in Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross.

OT aims to enable people to live a more independent, productive and enjoyable life following an injury, disability or illness.  After an initial assessment, OTs use targeted activity to treat patients working on their physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing.  Individual programmes are designed to help patients to carry out everyday activities to maximise independence in all areas of daily life using the person’s abilities to overcome their disability.

AHP education lead Nicola Richardson said, “OTs have a crucial role to play in our multi-disciplinary team. National evidence shows that OTs can help in preventing unnecessary admissions to hospital, they can ease the patient’s journey and also assist in timely, appropriate and safe discharge home.

“Our OTs work with all ages of the population of Tayside in both healthcare and community settings, delivering services in heath and social care. This week gives us the ideal opportunity to celebrate and recognise the vital work carried out by OT teams across Tayside.”

To mark the awareness week, OT teams in Tayside have created the following video to share why they value occupational therapy and how the work benefits patients across Tayside.

An information stand about occupational therapy is also being held on Friday, 9 November in the main concourse of Ninewells between 9am and 3pm. Members of the OT team will be on hand to provide information and raise awareness about the work they do across Tayside.

l-r OTs Juliet Connaughton, Regan Hamilton, Caitlin McLoughlin and Ellie McLean


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