Further examples of occupational therapy impact

In Value of Occupational Therapy by COT Editor

Thank you to all who have let us know the impact of occupational therapy in their local area!

Specialist Palliative Care Team, The Rowan Hospice, Solent NHS Trust, Portsmouth

“I wanted to thank you personally for all the help and advice you gave to both my husband and myself. You were always so generous with your time and patiently listened to all our problems.”

Specialist occupational therapy supports people to manage their symptoms and maintain independence and social and family roles for as long as possible. This is achieved through providing essential equipment, supporting end of life wishes and preferred place of death. From May – July 2015, 48% of patients seen remained the same in two or more areas when using the TOMs outcome measure palliative care scale.

Forensic CAMHS Hospital, Bluebird House, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, occupational therapy supports young people to improve occupational performance in social interactions, productivity, leisure and self-care. Evening groups supporting regulation have led to a reduction in the use of PRN medication and a reduction in the use of prone restraint (Ulysses incident reporting system, 2015).

Occupational Health and Wellbeing service, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford

“Thank you for your time yesterday…. I came away thinking I still had something to offer as a nurse”

Occupational therapy provides occupation focussed strategies as an alternative to counselling. The occupational therapist, besides working with individuals, delivers stress management for managers and stress awareness and resilience training for staff. Occupational therapy health manager believes occupational therapy has opened up positive new pathways of support to staff.

Emergency Department Therapy Team, East Surrey Hospital, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Surrey

From March 2015 – March 2016 on average 77% of patients seen per week by occupational therapists were discharged and avoided inpatient admission.

Occupational Therapy Service, Ulster Hospital, South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Belfast

The Occupational Therapy Team at the Ulster Hospital, Belfast provide a 7 day service (including public holidays) to the Emergency Department, Observation Ward & Ambulatory Care. The focus is on preventing unnecessary and/or inappropriate hospital admissions, providing quality assessment and intervention to facilitate safe and effective patient discharge including collaborating with community and hospital outreach services in preparation for resettlement. As a result of this initiative an average of 68 admissions per month are avoided, resulting in significant savings for the South Eastern Trust.

Gillis Memory Centre, Mullinure Health & Wellbeing Centre, St Luke’s hospital, Southern Health and Social Care Trust, Armagh

Occupational therapy transformed Mrs Z’s care, improving her overall health and wellbeing through understanding her cultural needs. This led to an estimated saving in her care of £126,794 over a one year period.

Community Occupational Therapy Intervention, Richmond Memory Service, Barnes Hospital, South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust, London

Through structured personal recovery goals, the occupational therapist, working with an 80 year old gentleman with dementia, delayed his move into residential care by three months and reduced incidents of wandering by 30%. This led to a saving of £6,508 in residential care fees, police involvement and hospital admission.

Independent Living Centre, NHS Northern Devon and Devon County Council (joint funded), Devon

The Independent Living Centre is an occupational therapy equipment specialist service; providing assessment and equipment advice to people living in Devon. The occupational therapists’ train all equipment prescribing staff in Devon and work closely with manufacturers and retailers and the Community Equipment Service. The Independent Living Centre occupational therapy intervention in the community equipment service generates direct annual equipment budget savings of £1,875,000. The staffing cost for the service equates to £153,000 per year.

Learning Disabilities Outreach Team, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, Derbyshire

Adam’s incidents related to challenging behaviour were reduced from nine per week to one following an occupational therapy- led intervention. An acute admission to a specialist learning disability hospital or forensic unit was avoided and Adam was able to remain in his home. Adam’s self-esteem has improved and he is more actively engaged in activities, using communal areas in the house and his antipsychotic medication has been reduced. He is now able to access the community with the support of two support workers and his night staffing has been reduced. This has led to a total saving in preventing his placement breaking down of £129,409.65 annually.