Occupational Therapy is a registered healthcare profession that focuses on developing, recovering, or maintaining the daily living skills, and working skills (occupations) of people with physical, sensory, mental health, or cognitive (thinking and memory) difficulties. Rehabilitation and enablement is the cornerstone of Occupational Therapy.
What do Occupational Therapists do?
Our role is to provide specialist assessment, treatment, education and support to our patients during their rehabilitation journey. Occupational Therapists do this by working with an individual to find, reduce, or remove environmental, social, psychological and physical barriers that may be impacting on participation in their day to day activities. An Occupational Therapist may suggest and advise on aids and equipment, task adaptation, environmental change, education and skill building.
Cardiff and Vale’s University Health Board Occupational Therapists work with a wide range of individuals, from children to older adults, and across many services that are hospital and community-based.
Referral to Health Board Occupational Therapy
If you feel you or your loved one would benefit from Occupational Therapy input, please speak with your responsible clinical team or GP. A referral is normally made through a specific multi-disciplinary team or service, and there is no direct self-referral process.
All our Occupational therapists are professionally registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Further UK National information on Occupational Therapy can be found on the Royal College of Occupational Therapy’s website and social media pages: www.rcot.co.uk
Cardiff and Vale Community Occupational Therapy Service:
There are also Occupational Therapists who work within the local Councils:
- Vale of Glamorgan Council have an Occupational Therapy and Sensory Impairment Team based within Social Services.
- Cardiff Council have an Occupational Therapy Team covering Adults & Paediatrics based within Housing & Communities, Independent Living Services.
The role of Occupational Therapists within these services is to complete assessments in your homes when you have a long-term health condition that affects how you are able to manage at home.
Following the assessment they may be able to provide equipment or carry out adaptations to your home that would enable you to stay living there safely, or to maintain your independence.
Other Occupational Therapy teams:
- Hand Therapy
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- The National Electronic Assistive technology Service (NCEAT)
- Regional Specialist Community Brain Injury Team (CBIT)
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Trauma and Elective Orthopaedics
- Wales Mobility and Driving Assessment Service
- Carpal tunnel
- Neuropsychiatry Occupational therapy for neurological conditions
- Occupational therapy in Elderly Care Assessment Service (ECAS) and Day Hospital
- Occupational therapy in Elderly Care Assessment Service (ECAS) Cardiff
- Occupational Therapy in Sam Davies ward, Barry
- Occupational Therapy in Medicine, University Hospital Llandough
- Occupational Therapy Medicine Team St David’s Hospital
- Occupational Therapy John Pathy Day Hospital
- Occupational Therapy Acute Medicine Team University Hospital Wales
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Community Respiratory Resource Unit (CRRU)