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
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
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
- Enhancing early discharge
- Reducing or avaoiding unnecessary care packages
- Improving health and wellbeing through participation in
- Assessment and practice of daily living activities such as
- Home assessment visits
- Cognitive assessments
- Provision of assistive equipment to promote safe manual
handling and functional independence
- Referral to further rehabilitation and social care
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
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
How do I become an Occupational Therapist?
For Occupational therapists hoping to return to practice:
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