OT Week is Here! – What is an OT?

This week is Occupational Therapy Week and the Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) is keen to highlight the great work of our occupational therapists who are often referred to as OTs.

Many people have no idea what an occupational therapist does, so Janet Folland, CPFT professional lead for OT explains:

The perhaps misleading word “Occupation” refers to practical, purposeful and valued activities that allow people to live independently, fulfil their life roles and have a sense of identity. These valued occupations allow a person to do the activities necessary for being a mother, brother, carer, worker, church goer or any of the host of roles we all have in life. These occupations allow each of us to be fully part of our families and communities and enable us to take control of our lives. These activities could include the essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure.

“Occupational therapy provides practical support to help people recover and to overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities that matter to them. This, in turn, helps to increase people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.

“We work with adults and children of all ages with a wide range of conditions and across a wide range of settings Most commonly we work with those who have difficulties due to the impact of poor mental health, physical health conditions or learning disabilities.”

Throughout this week the Trusts OTs are holding a number of events to highlight there work and we will showing a day in the life of two of our OTs.

The British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists have developed these leaflets and OT evidence fact sheets for more information.

They have also produced a films for service users' perspectives on the way occupational therapists have helped them