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OT Week comes to North Somerset

OT Week comes to North Somerset

A team of occupational therapists from North Somerset Council and North Somerset Community Partnership (NSCP) are getting out and about to raise the profile of their profession which supports people to ‘live life their way’ despite any health or care needs they may be living with. This is to mark this year’s Occupational Therapy Week, organised by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

Taking place from Monday 5 to Sunday 11 November the theme of Occupational Therapy Week this year is ‘Securing the future of occupational therapy’.

North Somerset Council and NSCP are getting involved in doing just that by offering the opportunity to come and meet the occupational therapy staff at The Sovereign Shopping Centre in Weston-super-Mare on Tuesday 6 November from 9.30am, where there will be an information stand. Please come along to find out more about what they do and ask any questions you may have about how they can help you or a relative live as independently as possible for as long as possible.

Research from RCOT 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 nine and a half days to just one day.

Working in social care occupational therapy-led services have been shown to provide better quality more person-centred services where for every £1 spent on clients receiving it, £1.43 is saved through a reduction in the need for ongoing home care support because clients become more independent.

Mary Lewis, Director of Nursing and Therapies at NSCP, said; “Occupational therapy is an important part of the community healthcare approach NSCP and the council are taking to ensure the highest possible quality of care is delivered to the community of North Somerset.

“I am really proud our OTs are working with the council OTs to share the positive contribution they make every day to their patients. They really are unsung heroes when it comes to supporting people to live independently through caring, compassionate community healthcare. Our philosophy of ‘your own bed is the best bed’ is fundamental to how we approach service delivery and OTs play a very key role in delivering this approach and the best possible outcomes for our patients.”

Hayley Verrico, North Somerset Council’s Assistant Director for Adult Care, added: “We are proud to be taking part in Occupational Therapy Week and feel that it is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the role of occupational therapists in supporting people to be as independent as possible for as long as possible. We are holding a week of activities for both staff and the public because the work occupational therapists do is sometimes misunderstood or not fully recognised for the significant contribution it has on maximising people’s health and wellbeing.”

Julia Scott, CEO at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists said: “I’m delighted that North Somerset Council and North Somerset Partnership Trust have joined the hundreds of organisations supporting Occupational Therapy Week. It is a great reflection of local community spirit.

“The event is an excellent way to promote the value of services that provide 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.”

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