The Occupational Therapists (OT) undertake assessment of a patient’s functional skills including difficulties, limitations and strengths to help improve the patient’s functional capacity through purposeful and meaningful activities.
OT focuses and promotes the balance of the three main performance areas:
- ADL (Activities of Daily Living) such as attending to self-care, laundry, cooking, shopping and road safety
- Productivity (work and education) and
In-house therapeutic groups include Art and Music which provide opportunities for self-expression, improved social skills and insights from personal thoughts and feelings. These supervised groups help patients to find comfortable roles, come out of their comfort zone and take risks, engage in teamwork and extend themselves in a safe, non-threatening environment.
As part of the community integration process, patients are encouraged and assisted to access community-based resources such as libraries, leisure centres, day centres (such as Stepping Stones), all subject to on-going risk assessments.
To help prepare service users for future employment and work opportunities, we are also offering a wide variety of online training sessions which include First Aid, Food Hygiene, Hand Hygiene, Effective Communication skills, Stress management, Nutrition and Diet & Sleep Hygiene.
Therapeutic work within the hospital is offered; roles include Kitchen Cleaner, Shopkeeper, Vending Machine Assistant, and Ward Representatives. Patients receive small monetary incentives as a reward after completion of the tasks.
We are working in collaboration with local colleges and charities (e.g. East Surrey College, Richmond Fellowship, WEA, and Charity Shops) for educational courses and voluntary work opportunities. The aim is for our service users to learn life-long skills and build their confidence in preparation for their discharge back to the community.