Occupational Therapists take FOUR UK top health awards

This exciting story was reported on the College of Occupational Therapists website recently.   Originally submitted by Allegra on Wed, 16/04/2014 – 16:54

It is good to hear that the work of a wide range of occupational therapy staff took centre stage at this prestigious awards ceremony on Advancing Healthcare, taking prizes in four different categories.

It showcases the work of Falls Prevention within Care Homes winner- Yvonne Cheung, falls co-ordinator and occupational therapist who won the Chief Health Professions Officer’s Award for Clinical Leadership.

Haley Whelpton, a senior clinical specialist occupational therapist, -runner up in the same category, achieved recognition for South Tees Hospital NHS Foundation Trust project on Postural Management Care.

Sara Forster, Chair of Council, College of Occupational Therapists said:
“This a real success story for occupational therapy and a fitting showcase for the outstanding work of occupational therapists and support workers in the UK. I hope this will inspire many more people to come forward, share best practice and celebrate our profession’s achievements.”

These highly acclaimed awards recognise excellence across the allied health professions, giving OTs and support workers the perfect platform to promote their work.

Winner of the AHP Patients’ Forum Award for Outstanding Achievement went to Kendal Stokes, an occupational therapy support worker in Rotherham.  Kendal was nominated by Elizabeth Sidaway, senior OT.

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff were awarded the Unite the Union award for Working Together.  This was presented to Ruth Morgan and colleagues at for their work to improve access to healthcare for children and young people with autism. Ruth is professional lead at the Trust in occupational therapy, therapy and dietetic service.

The Scottish Government’s award for Improving quality: measuring and demonstrating impact for their  achievements in transforming vocational rehabilitation in mental health, went to Occupational Therapists, Jean McQueen, AHP consultant, and Lisa Greer, AHP lead at NHS Scotland.

– See more at: http://www.cot.co.uk/news/occupational-therapy-shines-bright-uk-award-ceremony#sthash.dNY9jnIS.dpuf

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