Area of practice: Research OT
Number of years working as an O.T.: 20 years
What I love about acute OT: When I tell people I am an occupational therapist I explain that the word occupation in our title is about what people do to occupy themselves in their everyday lives. As a research occupational therapist I am concerned with understanding and maximising what people want and need to do in their everyday lives. Because doing what we want and need to do in our lives is the essence of who we are as human beings. If we can firstly understand what people want and need to do and then secondly identify the best way to get there, being mindful of individuals’ environments, then we can help people to become the person they want and need to be. This is what occupational therapy is about, supporting people to become who they want and need to be, and why I love being who I am, an occupational therapist.