Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has supported a national campaign to champion the work undergoing by dedicated staff.
To mark National Occupational Therapy Week teams at the Trust have been promoting the work they do within their roles across the community and acute settings.
Practice Development Occupational Therapist, Caroline Livesey, was involved in organising a lunchtime networking event during the promotional week for fellow occupational therapists to share their thoughts and ideas about “securing the future” of the profession – the key aim of this years national campaign.
Occupational Therapy staff who attended the event completed ‘pledges’ as to how they would promote the profession and work to “secure” its future. Pledges included promoting the profession within daily roles, working collaboratively with other Trusts to enhance patient care and taking to social media to share best practice with others. A pledge wall has been created from the pledges made and will be displayed in team offices and included in action plans for the year ahead.
The clinical leads represented on the day stated that: “We are delighted to join our colleagues across the country who are celebrating Occupational Therapy Week and are proud to promote the services we provide to patients in order to enhance their recovery and continued well -being.
“Our staff do an exceptional job, providing quality services across both hospital and community settings which is vital for the local health economy, therefore it is extremely important that the profession and staff providing these services are recognised for the same.”
Head of Therapies at the Trust, Nick Lane said: “Occupational Therapy Week is a great yearly opportunity for our staff to celebrate their achievements, whilst also informing the health economy, public and wider audiences of the unique value the profession brings to patient care and rehabilitation.
“It’s extremely important that we take time to celebrate our professions and promote their work and I’d encourage as many staff as possible to take part this year and in future years.
“I believe the occupational therapy profession will play a key part in the Fylde coast future provision of integrated care due to their unique skillset and holistic approach”.