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Mayor helps celebrate occupational therapy week

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The Mayor of Darlington, Councillor Veronica Copeland, helped celebrate Occupational Therapy week at Darlington Memorial Hospital by attending an event showcasing the range of services and benefits to patients offered by occupational therapists.

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A former occupational therapist herself, Councillor Copeland appreciates the essential role the service plays in supporting people of all ages to fully engage in their daily lives, from their work and recreation to activities of daily living like getting dressed, cooking, eating and driving.

Commenting, The Mayor said, "I'm very proud to say I worked as an occupational therapist for over 30 years, most of them based at Darlington Memorial Hospital.  It's such a pleasure to see how the service has grown and find out more about the practical support Occupational Therapy continues to provide for patients by supporting their recovery and, amongst other things, helping them maintain their independence.  The outcomes for patients are improving all the time, thanks in part to the work done by occupational therapists."

Ruth Campbell, Darlington Memorial Hospital's Clinical Team Leader for  Occupational Therapy said, 'We work with people of all ages, including children,   undertaking holistic assessments, looking at their physical, psychological, social and environmental needs and identifying ways in which we can help those people live as full and independent lives as possible.  A career in occupational therapy is varied and it's so rewarding to see patients having better outcomes because of our involvement in their care. The profession is evolving to meet the changing needs of the population and this is one of the reasons we held the event.  In addition to responding to referrals to assess and support patients, we're becoming more proactive, screening patients on our medical admissions unit, who might benefit for help at home of some kind to make their lives easier. 

  "It meant a great deal to us that the Mayor attended our event, sharing her own experiences as an occupational therapist and finding out about how the role has developed."


Published 14th November 2018

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