Keeping Me Well - Cardiff and Vale University Hospital

Occupational Therapy Acute Medicine Team University Hospital Wales

The Occupational Therapy team work with people who have had an acute illness and need a stay in hospital. People may have a diverse range of health and wellbeing needs as well as their current acute illness, which may have been affecting their daily occupations (activities) before admission.

The Occupational Therapy team aim to promote personal independence, enabling the safe and timely discharge of individuals. The Occupational Therapist will meet with individuals and discuss their goals, daily activities and their roles and responsibilities before admission.

Assessments examine an individual’s physical, mental health and wellbeing. The Occupational Therapist will carry out assessments and support a persons identified needs, providing interventions as appropriate.

Interventions may include practicing new and adapted ways to take part in a task as independently as possible. The Occupational Therapist may also prescribe and provide equipment if needed to increase an individual’s independence when carrying out a task. The team may signpost or refer to outside agencies and appropriate rehabilitation services to continue to support an individual’s ongoing goals after discharge. With an individual’s consent, the team may talk with their family members or carers to gather further information about any supporting role in an individual’s life.

To support discharge and ongoing rehabilitation in the community we liaise with local and regional services and primary care teams including the social care sector.

Areas covered by Medicine Occupational Therapy team, UHW

  • Short Stay medical wards
  • Medical Decisions Unit
  • General medical wards
  • Infectious Diseases/Gastro
  • Respiratory
  • Cardiology
  • Functional Rehabilitation and Medical Evaluation ward (FRAME)
  • Older Persons Short Stay Unit (OPSSU)
  • Accident and Emergency Unit /Assessment Unit
  • Frail Older Persons Assessment Liaison
  • Frailty Intervention Team
  • Winter pressure wards

Some services have extended working hours and 7 day working.


Referral process

Referrals from ward staff other health care professionals for inpatients only. We work with individuals who are age 18 and above. The inpatients may be residents of Cardiff and Vale however some services we provide are for inpatients who live in localities outside of Cardiff and Vale UHB as some wards in UHW have regional service provision.


Occupational Therapy Department
Upper Ground floor (B-C link corridor)
University Hospital Wales
CF14 4XW

Keeping Me Well - Cardiff and Vale University Hospital

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