6th November, 2017
My Name is Nicola and I am an Occupational Therapist. My role here is mainly supporting the running of the Independence Service but also providing Occupational Therapy support within the hub and community.
A typical day for me at Headway Cambridgeshire starts with checking my emails to keep up to date with changes regarding the clients I support. I act on any concerns or issues which have been raised and try to resolve this when possible. My role involves a lot of communication between various other professionals and services who also support my clients to ensure we work most effectively for that client. My role involves a lot of advocacy as a result.
My speciality is within the field of adaptive and assistive equipment. Therefore if clients have problems within their home or within the hub I can advise on the most suitable product to best support them, fix this wherever possible, advise on minor adaptations, or even refer this onto the more specialist teams, such as wheelchair services or assistive technology when required.
So today I have checked my emails. I am linking with a physio about a client’s new exercise regime and a social worker who would like me to assess a new client for the independence service. I consult my diary, pencil this assessment in and phone the client to make them aware of my visit and ensure they are happy with this.
Then I move onto some paperwork, I usually have reports to write about the clients progress or notes to type up from my visits, sometimes there are professional meetings to attend. Whilst I am completing this, I am approached by a client who explains to me about how uncomfortable her new wheelchair is so together we get the spanner out and adjust the footplates to a more suitable level.
I then have to go to a client who wants me to help him order some specialist equipment, I take my catalogue for reference but I already know what he needs from my own knowledge base of equipment and knowledge of his current difficulties and home environment. We order this together as he is worried he will buy the wrong item or forget to order it. I write a note to remind him what we have ordered and I will follow it up in a few weeks to ensure he is happy with this and that it arrived safely.
Then I move onto the next client as I am covering one of the clients Independence sessions today as their support worker is on leave. I enjoy spending time with the clients, we complete some physical exercises, have some coffee, and then a cognitive game of scrabble. Turns out I am excellent at finding 2 letter words…
If you would like to make a referral to Occupational Therapy or to discuss any issues you may have, please contact me at:
Nicola Howard – Senior Occupational Therapist
Tel: 01223 576 550
If you would like further information regarding the Independence service, please contact me as above or access the Independence leaflet here
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