Celebrating Occupational Therapy Week

Date: 07 November 2022

Occupational Therapy Week

To mark Occupational Therapy Week, (Monday 7 to Sunday 13 November) we are shining the spotlight on five of our amazing Occupational Therapy staff here at the Trust.

Occupational therapy helps people live their best life at home, at work – and everywhere else. It’s about being able to do the ‘occupations’ they need, want and have to do. 

That could mean overcoming challenges learning at school, going to work, playing sport or simply doing the dishes. 

Mary Plumbridge, Medway NHS Foundation Trust’s Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist said: “Our aim is to treat our patients with the most holistic approach possible, taking into consideration how their environment, social support and occupations affect their ability to function. We work with patient's abilities to support them to live as independently as possible. 

“Our Occupational Therapy team here at Medway is small but mighty. They work in all areas of the hospital from frailty to paediatrics. This team has shown resilience and strength through the most challenging of times and we are immensely proud of them.” 

Sarah Wennink, Therapy Assistant Practitioner said: “I enjoy working as a therapy assistant at Medway, supporting patients in their rehabilitation journey, trying to make a difference however big or small.” 

Niamh Finlay, Occupational Therapy Apprentice, said: “Being an occupational therapist apprentice gives me a great opportunity to regularly put my learning into practice and develop my skills on the job.

“Helping patients regain their independence and achieve what is important to them is rewarding and makes me proud of how occupational therapy transforms lives.”

Omotara Osanyinro, who works as a rotational occupational therapist on the surgical therapy team, said: “I love being an occupational therapist because it means I help patients to live their lives to the fullest by using all the occupational therapy skills I have learnt.”

Lisette Bampoe, Orthopaedic Occupational Therapist, said: “The reason why I love being an occupational therapist is because it allows us to connect with our patients as well as their families on a deeper level.

“We to get an insight into their lives and what they were doing beforehand. This allows us to try and match that and if we can’t, to problem solve and think how can we make things more manageable for them.”

Becky Thom, an occupational therapist in our neuro-Macmillan team, said: “I enjoy promoting and increasing patient’s independence during their hospital stay. My role means I get to rehabilitate patients with traumatic brain injuries, long term neurological conditions, haematological conditions and cancer. I love working with my patients and seeing them progress.”

  • Summary:

    To mark Occupational Therapy Week, (Monday 7 to Sunday 13 November) we are shining the spotlight on five of our amazing Occupational Therapy staff here at the Trust.