Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapists help people who are ill, disabled or feeling the effects of ageing to do the things that are important to them. This can include preparing a meal; getting back to work; and being able to socialise with family and friends. They use everyday occupations and activities that are meaningful to help people care for themselves; take part in social events and enjoy their life in many ways.

Occupational Therapy is a process of collaboration and negotiation between the therapist, the individual and their carer, to agree goals, identify difficulties, and find effective ways of overcoming them. Therapists are skilled in assessing and treating the impact that illness or disability can have on independence, confidence and ability to carry out everyday activities. They will look at ways of enabling people to explore, achieve and maintain balance in daily living.

Activities to promote health and well-being are used and are often adapted or modified for therapeutic use. Or it may be that the environment can be adapted to increase function and independence.

The Service

The Occupational Therapy service is for people over the age of 18 with a mental illness or learning disability who are already referred to the Trust. Occupational Therapists offer a specialist service, working alongside other health professionals.

We understand how important a person’s physical, mental, social and environmental needs are to recovery and the Occupational Therapist will work with a person to design a programme of treatment based on their unique lifestyle and preferences and on achieving goals that are important to them.

You will find Occupational Therapists on most wards and community teams. Treatment may take place on the ward or Resource Centre; in community settings or in an individual’s home. In many settings treatment takes place in groups with others who have similar needs. Treatment will be graded to suit the pace and abilities of each individual.

Where service is based

Community Occupational Therapy, Team South East Essex Community Services
Unit 8 – The Forum,
Temple Farm Industrial Estate,

Occupational Therapy for Older People,
Rochford Hospital,
Union Lane,