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Shropshire Council celebrates Occupational Therapy Week 2019

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To celebrate Occupational Therapy Week, Shropshire Council Occupational Therapists (OT’s) will be promoting the work they do and the positive impact it has on those they support.

Occupational Therapy Week 2019 takes place from 4 to 10 November and is a national awareness week run by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) to promote the value of occupational therapists and the fantastic work that they do across the UK.

This year’s theme is called Small Change, Big Impact and OT’s across Shropshire will be will be celebrating and championing the small changes occupational therapists make that have a big impact on people’s lives.

Julia Scott, CEO, Royal College of Occupational Therapists said:

“Every day, across the UK occupational therapists change lives for the better. Occupational Therapy Week 2019 is a fantastic time to celebrate this. The Royal College knows very well how hard our members work and the extent of the difference they make and we want everyone else to know too. I am encouraging everyone to be loud and proud and get involved in the campaign using the hashtag #OTWeek2019.”

Tanya Miles, Assistant Director Adult Social care added

“We are delighted to support this year’s campaign. We want to showcase as many stories as possible to illustrate the important impact that our Occupational Therapists have on people’s lives. Throughout the week we’ll be posting stories on the council’s newsroom and on Twitter.

“I really want to encourage our OT’s to tell us their stories so we can share them both locally and on the national RCOT website, where they will be building a wall of stories throughout the week. Fellow members, occupational therapists and the public will then be able to read your story, and you can also share it on social media.”

Other ways people can get involved in the week and show their support is by using the hashtag #OTWeek2019 and #SmallChangeBigImpact and sharing on social media their stories of when occupational therapists have made a positive difference to their lives.

More information about Occupational Therapy Week 2019 can be found on the RCOT website at: www.rcot.co.uk/otweek

Shropshire Council’s in-house social work and occupational therapy service provides care and support for adults and their carers across Shropshire. You can find out how they help people by reading Roy’s story here: https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/shropshire-choices/personal-stories/roys-story/. You can read more stories like Roy’s in our recently published Local Account https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/shropshire-choices/personal-stories/shropshire-local-account/

If you or someone you know, is struggling with day to day tasks or having problems with their mobility, you can talk to our First Point of Contact at 0345 678 9044 or email firstpointofcontact@shropshire.gov.uk. They will help identify your needs and advise you on the next steps of what support is available to maintain your independence within your home.

Further information

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists is the professional body for occupational therapy representing over 33,000 occupational therapists across the UK. Occupational therapists provide life changing support to people managing illness, injuries and a wide range of physical and mental health conditions. Uniquely, they enable people to carry out daily activities (‘occupations’) which are essential for health and happiness. This vital care helps people recover and build new skills to enjoy a full and independent life.