'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?

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

Who do occupational therapists see at Royal 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.