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Celebrating our Occupational Therapists!

This week is OT Week and we’d like to say a big thank you to our 279 dedicated occupational therapists and support staff as we celebrate their valuable work in helping people overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, ageing or accidents so that they can carry out everyday tasks or occupations.

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy, often referred to as OT, is a healthcare profession that focuses on developing, recovering, or maintaining the daily living and working skills of people with physical, mental, or cognitive impairments. An OT’s job is to help people of all ages to overcome any permanent loss or lack of physical, sensory, mental or communication function.

Their aim is to help people improve their ability to function as independently as possible so that they can participate in whatever activities are meaningful and important to them.

#OTWeek2019 - Small Change, Big Impact

Throughout this week there will be various ways that teams across the Trust will be celebrating and raising awareness of occupational therapy. 

The theme for #OTWeek2019 is Small Change, Big Impact which aims to celebrate and champion the impact of occupational therapy on the lives of service users and the communities they live in.

Follow us on Twitter - This week on Twitter, the Trust will be sharing how our OTs have made small changes to patients’ lives and the big impact they have made so don’t forget to visit our page.

Don’t forget to visit the Trust’s blog, where Esther Dark, OT support worker, shares her story about the profession and how she sees day-to-day how small changes, whether that be a smile or a listening ear, make a big impact to patients’ lives.

Wednesday 6 November, 9am – 12noon: Rushcliffe Community Therapy Team and OTs in Maples Integrated Team will be holding a stand at Cotgrave Health Centre. The event is open to staff and the public showcasing how small changes can have a big impact, and the impact that occupational therapy has on the lives of services users and the community they live in. Come along and have some cake and meet the team! For more information contact: anna.critchley@nottshc.nhs.uk

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