Staff Profile: OT Assistants in Front Door and Discharge Service

Posted: November 9, 2017

Meet Sally Rogers and Rachael Aplin on day four of Occupational Therapy Week 2017

photo 1Therapists 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 the profession, finishing the week off with how keen Swindon residents can kick-start their careers in Occupational Therapy.

What's on during Occupational Therapy Week?

What are Occupational Therapy Assistants?

"The Occupational Therapy Assistant role is varied, dynamic, and offers real career progression with the teams at the Trust.

"The role offers practical, on-the-job training and the chance to work with people from all walks of life.

"Staff can also develope skills in Physiotherapy as there a Rehabilitation Assistant.

"Therapy Assistant roles within the Great Western Hospital offer a large number of training and development opportunities ranging from the Care Certificate right through to the Occupational Therapy Apprenticeship, which the Trust are aiming to start within the next year.

"The team also offer the opportunity for people to come for work experience and a number of our previous assistants took this opportunity before applying for their posts.

"If anyone is thinking about a career in Occupational Therapy and is unsure how to go about it, then please get in touch."

To arrange work experience in Occupational Therapy at GWH, get in touch with the Trust on Facebook.

Sally Rogers, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Front Door Team

"I am currently on secondment here in the GWH site for a year as an Occupational Therapy Assistant for the Front Door Team (FDT). I was a Rehab Assistant in the CICT Community Service for two years prior to this.

"The Front Door Team communicate with local services in the patients' area to support a safe discharge, for instance to their home or to a community hospital.

"Our team is made up of a variety of qualified staff with a supportive, person-centred approach. I really like that I can seek advice and guidance when I need from my fellow colleagues. If one person hasn't come across the situation before, someone else will be able to help you find out who to liaise with to support the patients' discharge.

"It is a fast-paced environment and I think it's brilliant, as there always something which I can support with, whether that is supporting colleagues or completing initial assessments.

My experience at GWH has helped me to continue to develop my skills and knowledge within Occupational Therapy and to pursue it as a career."

Rachael Aplin, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Integrated Discharge Service

"I have worked within Occupational Therapy for a number of years in various different roles. During this time I worked in different healthcare and caring roles due to family commitments, but have always been drawn back to Occupational Therapy.

"My first role was working on the Acute Medical and Surgical wards which allowed me to develop my core Occupational Therapy skills. My current role within Integrated Discharge Service has offered me the opportunity to further develop and build on my existing skills.

"My passion is working with older people and supporting them to return home from hospital and be as independent as possible. The work is varied and the team working is fantastic. The role has also given me career development and training opportunities."

Read all of the staff profiles  here.

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