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Occupational Therapy at Papworth Hospital

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy provides practical support to enable people to facilitate recovery and overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities (occupations) that matter to them. This helps to increase people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.
"Occupation" refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure.

What do Occupational Therapists do?

We are skilled professionals who find solutions to everyday problems. For example; advising you on approaching a task differently, using equipment or assistive technology, adapting your living or working environment, and finding strategies to reach your chosen goals.
We consider all your needs - physical, psychological, social and environmental. This support can make a real difference to your life, giving you a renewed sense of purpose, opening up new horizons, and changing the way you feel about the future.

The Papworth Occupational Therapy Team

The Occupational Therapists at Papworth Hospital are specialists in cardio-pulmonary care. We provide a comprehensive package of assessment, treatment and education to all patients referred to us.
Our service runs from 8.00-16.30 Monday to Saturday. We work across the hospital in the following areas:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiothoracic surgery and critical care
  • Transplantation and critical care
  • Respiratory Support and Sleep Centre
  • Chest Medical and Cystic Fibrosis units.

Who do Occupational Therapists see in Papworth Hospital?

This list is not exhaustive, but includes:

  • Those who were not coping at home before they came into hospital
  • Those who have had a stroke or a new neurological diagnosis e.g. MS, MND
  • Those who are less independent after their cardiothoracic surgery/intervention
  • Those who are terminally ill  and want to get home as soon as possible
  • Taking part in regular Breathlessness clinics, for those who require advice on energy conservation techniques
  • Those who are newly diagnosed with Ataxia Telangiectasia (AT), then for annual reviews.


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