Central Bedfordshire celebrates Occupational Therapy Week
2 November, 2017
Next week is Occupational Therapy (OT) Week and to mark the occasion, our occupational therapists will be working with their counterparts from Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) to raise the profile of the profession.
Taking place from 6-12 November, the theme for this year is "I am an occupational therapist", building on the Royal College of Occupational Therapists' (RCOT) call for its members to be "loud and proud" of the value they add.
During the week of celebrations, we'll host a number of stands at council offices for people to come along and find out more about the profession, see what jobs are available, get advice about how to get become an occupational therapist and learn about the positive contributions the profession makes to people’s lives.
A stand will be set up at Priory House in Chicksands from 10am to 3:30pm on 6-10 November and everyone is welcome to pop along and learn more.
Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care and Housing, said: "I’m glad that we are celebrating such an important profession here in Central Bedfordshire and helping people recognise the value and impact occupational therapy makes to people’s lives. I encourage everyone to pop along and learn more."
Stuart Mitchelmore, Associate Director of Integrated Operations (Central Bedfordshire Council and Essex Partnership University Trust) said: “Having trained as an occupational therapist myself at the start of my career, I have seen this profession grow over many years. Occupational therapists have a key role to play in maintaining and improving people’s independence and this role will increase across the social care and health sectors moving forward.
"Central Bedfordshire values what occupational therapists can bring in terms of their approach and I'm delighted that the events see occupational therapists across social care and community health services coming together to raise the profile of the profession."
Julia Scott, CEO at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists said: "I'm delighted that Central Bedfordshire has joined the hundreds of organisations supporting Occupational Therapy Week. It is a great reflection of local community spirit.
"The OT week event at Central Bedfordshire is an excellent way to promote the value of services that provides practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing people from doing the activities that matter to them. Occupational therapy support can make a real difference giving people a renewed sense of purpose, opening up new horizons, and changing the way they feel about the future."
Some examples of the work that occupational therapists do to help people within Central Bedfordshire include:
- carrying out assessments for minor and major adaptations in the home so clients can remain as independent as possible
- rehabilitation through therapy so clients can be restored back to normal life
- reablement so clients can return home after an injury or fall and regain confidence
- single-handed care and step up/down units to provide clients increased independence, flexibility and greater dignity within their home
To learn more about how OT can change someone’s life watch this short video: