Staff profile: Orthopaedic Therapy Team

Posted: November 7, 2017

Meet the Orthopaedic Therapy Team on day two 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?

Orthopaedic Therapy Team

tues - ortho 1"As a Trauma and Orthopaedic Occupational Therapist, you are an important part of a team which helps people to get back on their feet and home again, after major surgery and trauma.

"We work alongside Physiotherapists and Rehab Assistants and see any patients at GWH who are under the care of an Orthopaedic Consultant.

"Helping people is the reason that we all became therapists in the first place, so helping people to regain some independence and get back home from hospital is what our job is all about.

"Our patients are mostly on the Trauma Unit, Ampney Ward and Aldbourne Ward at GWH but we sometimes assess babies and children with orthopaedic conditions.

"We work at the pre-admission clinic to provide a service to patients who come in for planned orthopaedic surgery including hip and knee replacements, foot, ankle and spinal surgery.

"We educate patients about how to manage daily living tasks following surgery and assess for any equipment needs to make sure they can have a timely discharge.

tues - ortho 2"Our trauma patients are admitted with a wide variety of issues which may range from upper limb fractures, lower limb fractures, fractured neck of femurs, spinal fractures, head injuries and other trauma.

"We assess trauma patients to look at how their injuries may impact their daily activities at home, including personal care, kitchen, transfer, and cognitive assessments. We sometimes complete access and home assessments too.

"Outside of our everyday roles we like to get involved with ward projects. We have recently become involved with the weekly ward tea party sessions on the Trauma Unit, where patients can enjoy some reminiscence therapy over tea and cake.

"Trauma and Orthopaedics is a hugely rewarding area to work in because every day is different and you feel that you are always learning something new."

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