Staff Profile: Acute Stroke Unit

Posted: November 8, 2017

Meet Sarah King, Occupational Therapist, on day three of Occupational Therapy Week 2017

Therapists at the Great Western Hospital are raising awareness of Occupational Therapy Week by giving an insight into their jobs and the different departments and locations in which they work, from Monday 6 November.

Throughout the week, staff will be gracing the Trust's social media accounts and website with personal insights into their professions, finishing the week off with how keen Swindon residents can kick-start their careers in Occupational Therapy.

What's on during Occupational Therapy Week?

Sarah King, Acute Stroke Unit

weds - sarah king"I work on the Acute Stroke Unit as a Band 6 Occupational Therapist and I've been qualified for 15 years.

"I have previously worked at St Georges Hospital in London and The Wolfson Neuro Rehab Unit in Wimbledon.  I have worked in the community and the Chronic Fatigue Service.

"I am passionate about Occupational Therapy because I see the increasing sense of self-empowerment in patients who have only recently had a stroke as they are able to recover their previous level of functional independence.

"I love seeing the smile on my patients face when they have manage to reach their functional goal.

"I love the detective work involved in being an Occupational Therapist; understanding how a patient normally manages their activities helps me to treat them. Every day brings new patients and new challenges. 

"Investigating the complexity of cognitive deficits after having a stroke is why I love being a Neuro Occupational Therapist.

"I would recommend Occupational Therapy as a profession because of the sense of fulfilment you get as a practitioner and the variety of settings you can work in."

Read all of the staff profiles  here.

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