A day in the life of an occupational therapist

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School pupils were given the opportunity to learn more about a career in occupational therapy at a recent event at Ninewells Hospital.

NHS Tayside, Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership and Robert Gordon University joined forces to deliver a careers information session for S5 and S6 pupils from across Tayside and Fife.

The pupils took part in seven interactive workshops, each representing a different element of the occupational therapist’s role, and a tour of the occupational therapy department. They also had the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session with recent graduates, experienced therapists and academic staff.

Occupational therapists play a critical role in helping people of all ages overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, ageing or accident so that they can carry out everyday tasks or occupations.

Practice education and teaching lead Nicola Richardson said, “We were delighted to work with Robert Gordon University for the second year running to offer this session in Tayside.

“We were joined by 18 pupils for this event and many are now considering a future career in occupational therapy. We hope to welcome them back to Tayside next year for their first practice placement.

“Thank you to the occupational therapists from NHS Tayside and Dundee Health and Social Care Partnership who offered some input across the day, delivering the workshops.”


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