Therapeutic services for people with physical, mental or social problems. We serve inpatient wards and provide an outpatient service for rheumatology patients.
Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with people who have physical, mental and/or social problems, either from birth or as a result of accident, illness or ageing. Their aim is to enable people to achieve as much as they can for themselves, so they get the most out of life. When people cannot do things which are important to them – such as getting dressed, having a shower, going to work, socialising or doing a favourite hobby – an OT can help them in many ways, based on each person’s needs and lifestyle.
All OTs work very closely with physiotherapists and other members of the team involved in a patient’s care. An OT can work with a patient on a number of issues, which may include:
- rehabilitation - this could include re-learning skills or tasks around the home
- planning for discharge from hospital - this could include recommending equipment or adaptations to the home to help a person to be more independent and safe, or to help carers care for people more effectively
- advice and information on how to manage a disability, illness or injury
Occupational Therapy Teams
Medical Occupational Therapy Team
Our medical occupational therapy team covers the medical wards in the hospital and is responsible for:
- carrying out patient assessments
- offering acute rehabilitation
- planning patient discharge programmes to enable people to maintain their independence once they return home from hospital
Acute Stroke Occupational Therapy Team
The acute stroke occupational therapy team works on the acute stroke unit and provides an intensive, specialised service to patients who have neurological problems following a stroke.
Rheumatology Occupational Therapy Team
Patients with rheumatological or musculoskeletal conditions can be referred to this team who mainly work with outpatients. They also work with inpatients following surgery. All patients referred to our team will be given a full assessment and an individual programme of treatment to suit their needs.
Patient Initiated Follow-up (PIFU)
Rheumatology Occupational Therapy Outpatient Team are now offering PIFU appointments. This will have been discussed with you at your last Occupational Therapy appointment. The Therapist will have given you details on how to access this service, the timeframe to initiate your appointment and the symptoms to look out for. For any new, unrelated symptoms please contact your GP/Consultant.
Orthopaedic Occupational Therapy Team
Patients who need occupational therapy after orthopaedic surgery or an accident - which may have resulted in various fractures and total hip or knee replacements - will see this team. The team carries out patient assessments to ensure patients can maintain and increase their independence in all areas of daily living and ensure a safe discharge home from hospital.
We also provide a pre-operative service to patients due to be admitted to surgery. We help the patient prepare and consider how they might need to adapt their lifestyle following the operation.
Surgical Occupational Therapy Team
The surgical occupational therapy team works with a wide range of patients with surgical conditions. This includes amputations and different types of vascular, bowel and urology surgery extending to women’s health and gynaecology surgery. Similarly to our other teams, the emphasis is on helping patients to maintain and improve independence once home from hospital and recommending aids and adaptations where required.
Referrals to Occupational Therapy
If occupational therapy is required during your hospital stay, your doctor or a member of your nursing team will make the referral for you.
For outpatient Rheumatology Occupational Therapy interventions, you will need to be under the care of a Consultant Rheumatologist. This can either be here at Barnsley Hospital or at another hospital. Referrals can be made by any member of the Rheumatology Multi Disciplinary Team that you are seeing such as a nurse practitioner, physiotherapist or doctor.