Occupational Therapists (OTs) working within NHS Greater Glasgow are marking the annual Occupational Therapy Week with a series of events in local hospitals and out in the community.
To celebrate the yearly focus on the profession, staff are this week mounting information stands in the Southern General and the Victoria Infirmary, as well as staging a one-day recruitment fair at the Asda supermarket in Govan. Staff themselves will be meeting Southside shoppers and visitors to both the local hospitals.
Occupational therapist Fiona Coupar is looking forward to it: "I love my job, and I'd recommend it to anybody, so I'm really excited about getting out and about and telling people what I do.
"We work with everyone from children to senior citizens in all sorts of situations; everything from helping people get back on their feet after accidents to helping people live life to the full even when they're getting older.
"One of the things I enjoy most is that we probably see more of the Health Service than a lot of our colleagues in the other professions do. We work with orthopaedics, medical teams, surgical teams, neurology and care of the elderly wards.
"We deal with people who have suffered spinal injuries, people with artificial limbs, people who use wheelchairs and lots of other people besides. Rehabilitation's a very big part of it: we support people to reach their maximum potential and to function as well as they possibly can in their day-to-day lives."
Within NHS Greater Glasgow, 452 occupational therapists and support staff work with people of all ages in hospitals, GP surgeries and in people's homes. Among their main aims are helping patients towards discharge from acute hospitals and assisting them in the process of preparing to return to work,
Recruitment of more Occupational Therapists is another of the principal objectives of this year's event. A recruitment poster is being sent to local schools to promote NHS Greater Glasgow's work shadowing scheme being just one of a number of steps to raise the profile of the profession locally.
The OTs' campaign can be found at the Southern General Hospital every day this week, at the Level E entrance of the Victoria Infirmary on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Shoppers at Asda Govan can take the opportunity to speak to an OT between 1130 and 1330 on Thursday the 6th of October.
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For more information contact Annalena Winslow at NHS Greater Glasgow Communications on 0141 201 4447.