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15 January 2018

Future looks bright in Occupational Therapy

Royal Papworth Hospital’s Occupational Therapy team has big plans for this year’s move to the new hospital.

The department, led by Amy Haddock, is making good progress setting up an apprenticeship scheme which could see the first apprentice being welcomed as new Royal Papworth Hospital opens its doors in September.

“It offers a different stream of new people entering the profession,” said Amy.

“The apprentices will be Band 3 or 4 therapy assistants; it’s a good opportunity for people who perhaps don’t want to go to university. They can come here and learn on the job, and they’re given the time to complete their college studies.”

Amy, who arrived at the hospital from a stroke rehabilitation unit in London in May 2016, is currently working with occupational therapists from across the region to get the apprenticeship scheme up and running.

“We’re going to meet up every other month to progress this,” she said. “We’ve got to think about the new hospital and what we’re aiming for there. There will be so many more opportunities.”

The move will also see the department benefit from a new Activities of Daily Living (ADL) kitchen, which is being specially created at the site in Cambridge.

“We’ll be able to practise meal preparation with patients, and carry out cognitive assessments in a protected environment,” said Amy. “It will be fabulous.”

The team of seven, who deal with around a 100 referrals a month, help patients to become independent with their daily activities again following surgery – managing activities of daily living e.g. personal care, functional mobility and their ability to carry out these functions in their own homes.

To help with patient flow and discharges, the team has introduced Saturday working. And, in another innovative first, the department has introduced a new Band 6 role – part of which will be to work in Critical Care.