01 August 2018
Occupational therapists scoop top award
Two Occupational Therapists from the Avon and Wiltshire Mental
Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust have been recognised for their
work in supporting Occupational Therapy students.
Julie Mills and Lili Chaligha both work on Oakwood Ward at
Southmead Hospital providing high quality, multi-disciplinary and
multi-skilled treatment to people whose complex health care needs
cannot be managed in their own homes.
They have been awarded Best Practice Awards for Supporting
Students in Practice by the University of the West of England
AWP's Head of Occupational Therapist Inpatient Team in North
Bristol, Julie Northall, said: "This is fantastic news for our two
members of staff, who have worked really hard to support
Occupational Therapy students on placement with us and I am
delighted that they have been recognised for their efforts.
"Both Julie and Lili are very dedicated members of staff and
always go out of their way to help students who come to us to learn
and develop their skills. It's great to know that the Occupational
Therapists of the Future have been learning from our staff as they
progress towards a career in mental health helping service users
work towards recovery and living independently."
Occupational Therapy promotes independent living and recovery by
identifying and promoting service users strengths, skills and
Taking part in a meaningful occupation (activities) helps
service users with mental health problems both in their recovery
and enabling them to live their everyday lives.
Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at UWE Bristol, Alice
"At UWE Bristol our occupational therapy students spend a third
of their training on practice placements which makes this a vital
component in their progression to successfully qualifying. The
training provided by practice educators goes beyond the individual
students they mentor because on their return to university the
students share their experiences and learning with all their
"Students draw on their practice placements throughout their
training and beyond into their qualified roles. Good quality
practice placements are the cornerstone to their degree and we
appreciate the integral role the practice educators provide. Thank
you very much to Julie and Lili for being wonderful practice