Fri, 29 Oct 2010
Occupational therapy students and staff at the University of East Anglia are holding an ‘open house’ at the Forum as part of a week of events in support of National Occupational Therapy Week.
The event on November 2 aims to give members of the public, sixth-formers and school leavers, health professionals, businesses and community leaders a better understanding of the value of occupational therapy.
Occupational therapy staff and students have organised a series of short film clips, posters, sensory exercises, and a careers drop-in centre to help explain how occupational therapy can make a difference in our lives.
Prof Jacqueline Collier, head of the School of Allied Health Professions at the univertsity, said: “Occupational therapy touches families and communities in so many ways - it’s about enabling people to regain their independence where they might have lost it through illness, injury or disability.
“In restoring someone’s independence and well-being, occupational therapists can help people get back to work, cope on their own at home or restore their self-confidence - and that’s good news for them and good news for communities.
“Occupational therapy also offers a really rewarding career - and so we’ve got plenty of information and lots to say about how you can study right here at UEA with, according to the latest National Student Survey, the best occupational therapy teaching school in the country!”
Second year occupational student, Kelly Yee, said: “We’re really looking forward to meeting people and showing organisations and the public what we do and how we ‘make a difference’.
“The more I learn, the more I understand and the value occupational therapists can bring to people, their families, the health profession, and society as a whole. I’m really pleased that National Occupational Therapy Week gives us the chance to get the message out there.”
The week is organised by the British Association of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists. The theme for this year’s National Occupational Therapy Week is 'Occupational Therapy - Making a Difference'
The open house event at the Forum, Norwich, takes place on Tuesday, November 2, and runs from 9am-5pm.