In general occupational therapists help you find ways to do activities that are important to you, but that you find difficult because of an illness, impairment or disability. This could be something as simple as making a cup of tea, or something more serious like helping you get back to work.
Our occupational therapists specialise in teaching self-help strategies for anyone living with chronic pain or fatigue.
Occupational therapists are registered healthcare professionals and are accountable to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Your first appointment with the occupational therapist will be to decide if the therapy is right for you, and if you’d like to go forward with it. Appointments are approximately 40 minutes and be face-to-face, online or over the phone.
You’ll be taught self-help strategies to try at home, and then you’ll discuss them at the next appointment. Here are some examples of the types of techniques we can use:
- Learning to balance activities throughout the week
- Learning to set relevant and achievable goals
- Understanding activity analysis and how it can help you engage in a range of activities
- Understanding the therapeutic value of restful activities
- Learning to cope with setbacks
If you are unable to attend your appointment, please let us know at least 48 hours beforehand so we can offer your appointment to someone else. If you do not attend your appointment without telling us we may refer you back to your GP. Following your treatment, you will be referred to your GP.
If your appointment is more than 24 hours away, please change or cancel it by using the online form below or calling us on 020 3456 7890.
If your appointment is within the next 24 hrs please call us on 020 3456 7890.
If you have any non-urgent queries regarding your appointment or our services, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to you within 72 hours.
The RLHIM is also a teaching hospital and from time to time other healthcare professionals may observe in outpatient clinics as part of a training course. We will always ask your permission for students to sit in during your consultation. You do not have to have students present if you would prefer not to.