Where was your first post as an Occupational Therapist?
My first Occupational Therapy role was on a mental health rotation where I worked on a rehabilitation ward working with people experiencing severe mental health conditions to integrate back into society.
I then moved to Assertive Outreach which is a specialist mental health team specialising in working with people who are experiencing psychosis and have a substance addiction. My next rotation was an older adult’s secure ward for people with dementia.
What was the next step in your career?
The next step in my career was a move to Adult Social care as I wanted some physical experience as I did not have a lot of experience from placements at university or any social service experience.
Working in social services I work with a wide range of people with a wide range of physical, mental and environmental needs. In Adult social services, looking at equipment, minor and major adaptations, the aim in each team being to keep people safe at home for longer rather than going into care.
The social service rotation offers a wide range of experience from paediatric team, home assessment team – equipment, major and minor adaptations, clinic team, access, enablement, intermediate care. So much variety and experience.
What does your role look like now?
I work for a District Council for Adult Social Services. I currently work in an enablement team which supports carers to carry out their role safely and effectively, this may be through reviewing and advising on moving and handling techniques, ordering moving and handling equipment, such as hoists, slings, etac raisers, specialist shower chairs and toileting equipment.