Occupational Therapy

The service focuses on assessment and interventions, in combination with other members of the multidisciplinary team working with patients to maximise their independence and enabling safe and timely discharge from hospital. Involvement may include:

What is Occupational therapy?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a science degree-based, health and social care profession, regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. Occupational therapy takes a "whole-person approach" to both mental and physical health and wellbeing and enables individuals to achieve their full potential.

Occupational therapy enables people to participate in daily life to improve their health and wellbeing. Daily life is made up of many occupations. Occupations may include self-care (getting ready to go out or eating a meal), being productive (going to work or volunteering), and leisure (socialising with friends or doing hobbies).

Occupational therapy provides practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. This support increases people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.

Our highly trained team of clinicians use a wide variety of interventions by combining current evidenced based treatments with clinical experience. We work closely with other members of the multi-disciplinary team to provide the best possible care for our service users. Our aim is to put you first.

Occupational therapists are able to support people in:

  • Living independently, managing their long term conditions
  • Avoidinging/delaying hospital or residential care home admissions
  • Enhancing early discharge
  • Reducing or avaoiding unnecessary care packages
  • Improving health and wellbeing through participation in occupations
  • Assessment and practice of daily living activities such as personal care
  • Home assessment visits
  • Cognitive assessments
  • Provision of assistive equipment to promote safe manual handling and functional independence
  • Referral to further rehabilitation and social care services

Our Services

A referral to our service is made by either the Nursing staff, other professional staff or directly by the Occupational therapist.  Our team of Occupational therapists, who are all Members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and Health and Care Professions Council, offer assessment and interventions with individuals who have a wide range of conditions and functional difficulties, to promote independence in daily activities;

Acute Medical Service , Chronic Fatigue Service (CFS),  Early Rehab and Nursing (ERAN) , Frailty Unit, Medical Wards, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Practice development, Pulmonary rehab, Stroke, Surgical Wards, Oncology and Palliative Care.


Are you passionate about transforming lives and building independence through occupations? 

Are you keen to shape Occupational therapy's future directions and explore new ways of working with support from our Practice Development Occupational Therapist? 

Come and join the Southend University Hospital Occupational Therapy Service which helps people to live life their way and see what our services have to offer.

Occupational Therapy links

How to gain experience with Occupational therapists at Southend Hospital:

If you would be interested in gaining some experience working with an Occupational therapist in an observational capacity, we offer work shadowing placements.  For further details please contact

How do I become an Occupational Therapist?

For Occupational therapists hoping to return to practice:

Professional bodies:

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