Neha SoodQUALIFIED IN July 2016
Neha’s first experience of our profession was when a community occupational therapist introduced some adaptations that made her grandma’s life a lot easier and allowed her to remain independent in her own home. It inspired Neha to become an occupational therapist herself.
I currently work in an acute hospital – a very busy one! I’m helping people who need therapy to ensure they’re functioning at a safe enough level for discharge from hospital. It’s an environment that gives you exposure to many different specialities and professionals.
“The individuals I work with are what make the role special. Each has their own story to tell and they are so varied. Working towards each person’s goals is also amazing – really pushing and supporting them to be the best they can be.”
The pace definitely keeps me on my toes and means that I’m always learning something new. The dementia team I work with are incredibly kind, collaborative and inspiring. Everyone always says good morning, which is a small thing, but it really makes a difference to your day.
“I love supporting people to maintain some level of independence for themselves. Even if it’s the ability to feed themselves by using adapted cutlery or through ongoing practice, it makes all the difference.”
Sometimes the support you give is on a bigger scale than that. When one person’s current flat wasn’t suitable for him to be discharged back to for end-of-life care, I advocated for him and helped him look for a new place alongside his parents who were going to be his carers. We found a great flat, not far from his old place which had level access to the garden and meant that he could achieve his goal of going outdoors regularly as well as ensuring he could visit a nearby park with his family – another of his goals. My input really did make a difference.
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Rosemarie Adams on problem solving
“Each individual’s situation and recovery is unique. This encourages the exploration of new advances in treatment approaches.”Read more
Callum MacKinnon on growth
“There are great career progression opportunities.”Read more
Rupesh Nayee on empathy
“I really enjoy making a connection with someone, understanding what’s important to them.”Read more
Natasha May Powell on creativity
“I can be creative and work with people to find solutions to their problems.”Read more
Monica Iofciu on continuous learning
“It’s a career where we can learn every day, especially because no two days are ever the same.”Read more
Kristabel Ewers on teamwork
“Everyone is always bouncing ideas off of each other.”Read more
Francesca Smart on fulfilment
“I love that I can support people to achieve their goals and become more independent.”Read more
Chris Wood on having an impact
“I make a difference rather than a diagnosis.”Read more