Occupational therapy (OT) week 2013 begins 3rd of November up until the 9th of November. Second year OT student Kadie Davies has been busy working to promote the profession and what OT’s actually do around the Heath Park Campus.
November the 5th there will be a mass of OT students showcasing what occupational therapy is by wearing T-shirts that they have hand designed themselves. They are using this as an opportunity to educate the other professionals about OT. As well as promoting through the media of the t-shirts, there will also be a table with posters and leaflets in the I.V Lounge throughout the week for people to take. As well as it being a fun activity for all OT’s at Cardiff University to join in with, it’s also a recognised requirement from The College of Occupational Therapists to promote the profession in your community, to colleagues, service commissioners and political decision makers.
OT is a different profession from others, not because they like to ‘’basket weave’’ and are often known as being ‘’weird and wacky’’, but because OTs look at a person holistically. The British Association of Occupational Therapy (2013) state that ‘Occupational therapy provides practical support to enable people to overcome any barriers that prevent them from doing the activities that matter to them, and helps to increase people’s independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life’.
It’s important for other professionals to identify the ‘real’ role of an OT to ensure that the services provided by occupational therapists are used to its full extent.
Occupational therapists and students alike from all over the country will be taking part in all sorts promotional activities such as going around schools, colleges, talking to different professionals, advertising through local medias, and creating screens savers for the other professionals within their departments,
This week is all about showing pride in the profession, so go along and have a little look and see if you can learn more about OT.
Some links available to find out more information about OT and to contact other OTs:
Occupational Therapy Student