OTs doing it differently

Occupational Therapists doing it differently: Alice McGarvie

Occupational Therapists doing it differently: Alice McGarvie

After working for a couple of years in the NHS, within mental health and learning disabilities, I became frustrated with the lack of resources for running creative groups as well as the volume of paperwork and generic work that kept me at my desk and away from my occupational therapy clients.  I felt I wasn’t able to practice as the holistic, creative, problem solving occupational therapist that I wanted to be. I’d always enjoyed music and playing instruments, (piano, accordion…

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the OT hub

The OT Hub

Jamie moved from London in 2015, to train as an Occupational Therapist at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol.With past experiences in hospitality, television production and student radio, he took a new direction. After spending a year as a mental health support worker, he discovered that a career in health care better matched his values and would tick a lot of boxes! In his final few months at UWE Bristol, Jamie has occupational therapy placement experience in stroke rehabilitation, community rapid response and within a young…

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JULIA PFLAUM

OTs Doing it Differently: Julia PFLAUM, Occupational Therapy and ADHD

I work in a clinic for adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which is a fascinating area to work in. I started in a new Occupational Therapy role in the clinic at the beginning of the year as it expands to offer more psychosocial interventions. Adult ADHD has been established as a diagnosis only relatively recently and many of our referrals are from people who have contacted their GP after having a child diagnosed or learning about ADHD in…

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SFC - Lyndsey Barrett

OTs DOING IT DIFFERENTLY: Lyndsey Barrett, Sport For Confidence

Senior Occupational Therapist, Lyndsey Barrett worked in the NHS for 19 years. Towards the end of this period she began to question whether the traditional delivery methods employed by the NHS are always the most effective means of achieving positive client outcomes on a large scale. As a keen netball player, Lyndsey was very aware that regular physical activity, delivered in a controlled, safe, mainstream, environment could provide the perfect setting to achieve positive occupational outcomes. So, in 2015, Lyndsey joined…

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Rachel Wilson

OTs doing it differently…. Rachel Wilson

I qualified as an OT in 2003. I knew I wanted to be an OT from the age of 13, and I was not going to let my stigmatised teenage single mum status stop me from living the dream! I threw myself into my employment within the NHS and involved myself in the wider professional arena by signing up for regional BAOT committee posts and submitting abstracts for presenting at COT conferences at an early stage. Networking with people I…

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RACHEL JENKINS

OTs Doing it Differently: Rachel Jenkins – From university to independent practice – in at the deep end

Armed with my first class Bsc(Hons) in occupational therapy I thought the job market would open up before me without too much effort. How wrong I was. Firstly there were no jobs. Secondly, my grade counted for little when competing against people with years of experience. As a mature student I have had my share of job interviews over the years but it still shocked me that I couldn’t even get to interview stage for posts I was applying for.…

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Karen Davies

OTs Doing it Differently: Karen Davies

Karen Davies is an Occupational Therapist, with a special interest in helping people to return to some kind of occupation. She has worked mostly in mental health. She has also worked with unemployed people, helping them to regain confidence and find a place in their community where they can use their skills. The Condition Management Programme project, where she had been working, was closed and 60 health professionals had to find alternative employment. Karen used some of her redundancy money…

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ANNA STICKLEY

OTs doing it Differently: Anna Stickley

After working as an OT in adult mental health for a number of years, I had the opportunity to manage a psychosocial project in Uganda. It had been one of my childhood dreams to live in a mud hut and do humanitarian work! (I still don’t know why)! My experience in Uganda changed my perception of OT and what OTs can offer. I had the opportunity to design an create a psychosocial program focusing on the needs of children, their…

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OT Doing it Differently: Liz Gow

OTs Doing it Differently: Liz Gow

“I qualified in Glasgow and in 2004 thought I had done my dash with OT, after nearly 10 years.  I was and am still in New Zealand.  I loved OT and it meant so much, so before giving away my Profession I felt I needed to be sure it was OT that was not working for me.  I saw an ad in the local paper about adult education classes and attended night school for 4 weeks.  The class was called…

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OT’s doing it differently: Awele Odeh

OTs doing it differently: Awele Odeh

My name is Awele Odeh and I’m based in East London/ Essex border. I’ve worked as an OT for 11 yrs. In 2007 I decided that I needed to rejeuvenate my passion for OT (we’ve all felt this way, I know), so I invested in a new set of skills and I studied to become an NLP Master Practitioner. This then developed into further study and I completed my diploma in Psychotherapy in April 2010.(I really enjoyed learning- and learning…

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