A team of occupational therapists from Rehab Jigsaw are getting out and about to raise the profile of their profession which supports people to ‘live life their way’ despite any health or care needs they may be living with. The event is part of this year’s Occupational Therapy Week, organised by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT).

Taking place from 5th – 11th November the theme of Occupational Therapy Week this year is “Securing the future of occupational therapy”.

Rehab Jigsaw is getting involved in doing just that by attending and exhibiting at Kidz to Adultz North on Thursday 8th November 2018 in Manchester.

Occupational Therapists have been described as the health and care system’s “secret weapon”. They are the only registered profession qualified to work across mental and physical health and in NHS and social care settings. This means that they are uniquely placed to see a whole person holistically.

Rehab Jigsaw are an independent Occupational Therapy Consultancy providing assessment and treatment for clients of all ages throughout the UK with physical and psychological health difficulties due to illness or injury.

We assess our clients in a holistic way to make recommendations to help our clients to achieve a better quality of life. We enable greater participation in home, leisure, school and vocational activities and we understand the impact that illness and injury have on others around the client too. Our support can make a real difference to overcoming the effects of disability, regardless of their cause, to enable people to carry out everyday tasks, or “occupations”.

Occupational Therapists work in a range of environments

Research from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists has shown that Occupational Therapists working on the front line with ambulance services and in accident and emergency departments can reduce unnecessary admissions by up to 80%. Occupational Therapists on acute medical wards can cut stays from 9.5 days to just 1 day.

Working in social care occupational therapy-led services have been shown to provide better quality more person-centred services where for every £1 spent on clients receiving it, £1.43 is saved through a reduction in the need for ongoing home care support because clients become more independent.

Lisa Harrison, one of the Directors of Rehab Jigsaw who will be in attendance at Kidz to Adultz North said:

We love taking part in Occupational Therapy Week. We are delighted that the timing coincides with Kidz to Adultz North 2018 which will give us a prefect opportunity to reach a wider audience and discuss how Occupational Therapists can work with people to manage their health conditions . If you think you would benefit from a service that can enable you back to living life your way, pop down. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

Julia Scott, CEO at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists said: “I’m delighted that Rehab Jigsaw Ltd has joined the hundreds of organisations supporting Occupational Therapy Week. It is a great reflection of local community spirit.”

“The Kidz to Adultz North 2018 is an excellent way to promote the value of services that provide practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing people from doing the activities that matter to them. Occupational Therapy support can make a real difference giving people a renewed sense of purpose, opening up new horizons, and changing the way they feel about the future.”