Occupational Therapy for Neurological Conditions

What is Neurology?

Neurology is the branch of science and medicine dealing with the body’s nervous system.
The nervous system is made up of our Brain, our Spinal cord and our Nerves.

Neurological disorders and conditions result from changes, disease or injury to the brain, spinal cord or nerves.

Where will I find an Occupational Therapist working in Neurology?

Occupational Therapists work within the Health Board as part of multi-disciplinary teams
within areas such as:

  • Acute Stroke Services based in UHW – Regional Stroke Rehab Unit based in UHL, Stroke Early Supported Discharge and Community Neurological Rehabilitation Team
  • Multiple Sclerosis Team
  • Community Brain Injury Team
  • Regional Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Unit
  • Acute Neurological and Neurosurgical Wards in UHW
  • Neurological Rehabilitation Unit

What do Neurological Occupational Therapists do?

Occupational Therapist work closely with the individual with the neurological condition to understand their strengths, what has meaning to them, and the barriers and challenges that living with such a condition brings.

Occupational Therapists work with the individual, their support networks and other members of the Neurological Specialist Team, to look at ways to maintain ability, adapt environments and tasks, teach new strategies and skills, and help learn more about the condition and its effect on the person.

Can I refer to Occupational Therapy?

Referral to Occupational Therapy is through referral to a specialist service only through a GP or Consultant.

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