Occupational Therapy Week comes to Penzance
team of occupational therapists from Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) and Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) 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. The event is as part of this year’s Occupational Therapy Week, organised by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).
Taking place from 5 to 11 November the theme of Occupational Therapy Week this year is “securing the future of occupational therapy”.
The Occupational therapists will be having an information stall at Penzance Leisure Centre on Tuesday 6 November and again at Warfside Shopping Centre in Penzance on Thursday 8 November. It is a chance for the public to come and find out a bit more about occupational therapy and how it can enable and support people.
Occupational Therapists have been described as the health and care system’s “secret weapon”. They are the only registered profession qualified to work across mental and physical health, and in NHS and social care settings. This means that they are uniquely placed to see a whole person holistically.
Research from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists 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 9.5 days to just 1 day.
Social care occupational therapy-led services have been shown to provide better quality and more person centred services, where for every £1 spent on clients receiving occupational therapy, £1.43 is saved through a reduction in the need for ongoing home care support. This is because clients become more independent.
Julia Scott, CEO at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists said: “I’m delighted that Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust have joined the hundreds of organisations supporting Occupational Therapy Week. It is a great reflection of local community spirit.
“This 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.”