Occupational Therapist

Annie

What is your role?
“I am an occupational therapist working in the splint workshop, which is one specific area of occupational therapy (OT). Though people often ask me what OT is, it can be difficult to get a succinct answer because the role is so broad. The best way to explain it is to say that we help people recovering from injury or illness get back to their normal lives. As a team we make sure that people can perform the actions they want or need to do in their daily lives.

“We help patients across the hospital, in almost all areas. Many OT roles are based in wards, going to patients and helping them there. In my role I work in the splint workshop, helping fit people with splints which will support their limbs or spine in movement.

“People are referred for splints from A&E, from rheumatology, trauma and orthopaedics and a few other areas. The key is to make sure the patient is functional, can perform the tasks they need to.”

Why did you want to do this job?
“I have always liked how broad OT work is. I like how it can involve so many different patients and areas of injury and illness. Because we can opt for rotation, we can go from one area to the other, learning new things and seeing different patients.

“I think the fact that we look at the patient as a person is also really attractive. To be able to make sure we can address their needs, we need to know about them, about what hobbies they like, what they do for work and around the home. We get to know them quite personally and then we can make sure we give them the best care, suited for them.

“What could be more fulfilling than helping someone get back to their lives and be happy again?”

What do you like particularly about Derby Teaching Hospitals?
“I have worked at other hospitals and nowhere has such a good rotation system as Derby. We have so many areas to work in, around 20. I’ve been here for over five years and I’ve never worked in the same place twice.

“Derby Teaching Hospitals is an environment where you’re supported to do your job, where you’re recognised when you do well and you can have a satisfying career.”