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Active Pathways values Occupational therapy (OT) and acknowledges that it has a fundamental role in the recovery of service users. The occupational therapy department at active pathways aims to:
“Enable each person’s health and participation in life through engagement in occupation” (American Occupational Therapy Association) through autonomous practice.
A specialist Occupational therapy department, consisting of an Occupational therapy lead, a qualified Occupational Therapist and a Senior Occupational Therapy Assistant provide both specialised assessments and treatment programme across the Hamptons and Brookhaven site.
The Occupational Therapy team at Active Pathways adopts a person centred approach at all stages of the rehabilitation process to identify strengths and specific difficulties that a service user may experience. This includes exploring, self care and leisure routines as well as more complex living skills such as budgeting, shopping, cooking, utilising public transport road safety and accessing education and work. The occupational therapy team will then create an individual, person centred therapy programme in order to assist a service user to address these difficulties.
The team acknowledge the importance of building a therapeutic relationship with service users in order to facilitate and support recovery.
The recovery model is at the heart of the rehabilitation process and is used as a basis of therapy, along side an OT specific model – the Canadian model of Occupation; a central construct of this model is that the service user is involved in the process of determining their needs and planning action through goal setting.The occupational therapy team at Active Pathways use this model in order to enable this process and enable service users to work towards independently engage in meaningful occupations.
A range of specialist assessment tools and outcome measures are utilised in order to provide person centred care and support recovery as the focus for each individual.
A handful of the standardised assessments that are used by the occupational therapy team are: the Canadian measure of occupation (COPM), OCAIRs, MOHOST, MOCCA, ACIS and COSA which are all administered by a qualified occupational therapist in order to asses, treat and review a service user’s progress.
By using standardised assessment tools, the occupational therapy team are able to provide a continuity of care for new referrals, through obtaining a service users current OT assessment and reviewing this with the service user upon admission. Therefore creating a pattern of ‘picking up, where you left of’, thus continually progressing a service user from the date of admission.
Group intervention is a key component to our occupational therapy programmes. Part of the initial assessment carried out by OT is an interest checklist. OT are then able to indentify shared themes of activity and create a group in order to facilitate social interaction within the unit. Examples of some of the groups run by the unit are:
• Healthy lifestyles
• Arts and crafts
• Outdoor pursuits
Looking to the future:
As part of the rehabilitation programme OT identify Work, educational and vocational needs as imperative stage for recovery. Therefore Active pathways have set up a scheme – Therapeutic earnings in order to prepare service users for the world of work. Service users are shown job adverts, can apply for posts, such as grounds maintenance, they are then invited for an interview and provided with an offer letter for the post they applied for. The service user is also given a portfolio to store all there necessary paper work, and take responsibility for their own time sheets.
This scheme creates a very positive outlook for the future, creating opportunities and enabling service users to maximise their potential with the possibilities of employment in a community setting.
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