For Health Professionals

There are so many different ways to practice Occupational Therapy. Some of us tighten screws on lateral supports of wheelchairs to position them so that a person can reach for their frying pan and dance with their partner. Some of us coach people in skill-development, self-advocacy, exposure therapy, and stress management so that people can […]

“I found another meditation that helps me relax: ‘Meditation for b*tches that don’t know how to meditate’- it has deep breathing and everything in it!” a client once told me victoriously.  We’re all human. Some of us are messy. Some of us are as clean and tidy as an Ikea showroom. We have our dark […]

If you wanted to buy a gift for a friend, visit a bookstore, go to a movie, grab a coffee, or meet friends for a physically-distanced patio dinner, where could you go? If you’re currently able-bodied, the world is your oyster and these things are relatively simple to arrange. And that’s part of the privilege […]

In July and August, I was given the opportunity to host a student for their final placement – however with COVID-19, there was a new way of doing that we needed to adapt to: Alice*, the student, would be participating in the placement 100% virtually. For context: I’m an Occupational Therapist who works in community-based […]

As an Occupational Therapy Student, it can be easy to slip into the rut of following what your practice placement supervisor is doing. Between the concerns of trying to do things “right” and impress, stress about everything else you are responsible for, and the general feeling of not wanting to fail, it can feel overwhelming […]

COVID-19 has undoubtedly altered every aspect of  how we think, act, and respond. The challenges and complexities that an individual  with an illness or disability already faces has only been further compounded by the addition of ever changing policies and procedures. As an OT student entering this new realm of healthcare, the fear and  anxiety […]

A long time ago my dad told me “life isn’t about what happens to you it’s  about how you react to what happens to you”. I never imagined I would be  applying that to something like a pandemic whilst working in the medical field, but here I am. I know we all have unique challenges […]

Imagine the sunshine on your skin, the cool breeze on your face, and the sound of the birds sing. For me, this describes my favourite place to be, which is outside. Unfortunately, due to a busy schedule of being a full-time Occupational Therapy student and full-time employee as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, it does not […]

Many of you may be wondering, how do I connect my community with resources for doing and support individuals engage in their meaningful occupations amid all the barriers? Internet access is a challenge that many people experience and they are often also disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone should have access to resources for […]

Due to being pregnant, I have been strongly advised by the NHS, government and health guidance to avoid patient face-to-face contact for the foreseeable future. Although initially, I was distraught at the prospect of not interacting with my colleagues, my work routines that allow the outworking of my professional identity, and above all having my […]

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