Being an Occupational Therapist allows you to make real changes to peoples lives and is a highly purposeful and creative profession to be in. The focus of an OT is centered on what people are able to achieve and their personal abilities and not what they cannot do. As part of Occupational Therapist Week our Regional Clinical Manager, Rachel Culyer explains what it is to be an OT.
Occupational Therapists often enter a persons life during a period of difficulty caused by mental, physical or social problems or following life changing injuries. Whatever the circumstance is it is a privilege to be part of that person’s journey.
An OT aims to reduce the impact of injury or disability on the day to day functioning of that person in the areas of work, leisure, social, domestic and personal activity. It is an integrated approach that looks mental, emotional and physical impact on function.
“One needs curiosity to want to work with clients to find creative and successful solutions to problems”.
The focus of the profession is on meaningful occupation, the essence of what makes us all tick and able to function. The model of OT is about giving people choice, providing them with information or enabling them to find the information they need, to make these choices.
As an OT you have an understanding that not all injuries or disabilities are visible. Quite often if a person is significantly struggling with their mental health it will have a huge impact on their ability to participate fully in all the activities in their lives.
Occupational Therapy is an amazingly versatile profession. You can work with children, the elderly, and all those in between. People with learning disabilities, those with mental health problems and physical injuries. The skills used in OT are also very transferable to other areas of work.
Case management is a really good example of a profession that utilises many core OT skills to assist individuals following accident or traumatic life altering injuries.
Why not look into what a case manager does and give us a call at Unite Professionals about case management and the vital role it plays in rehabilitation?
The Unite team is a great example of the how wide a skill set the OT family has and how it can be used collaboratively to ensure a client’s journey has as positive outcome as possible.
Rachel Culyer is an Occupational Therapist, and Regional Clinical Manager for Unite Professionals. View her professional profile here or contact her directly firstname.lastname@example.org