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 (UWE).

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 needs.

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 Hortop, said:

"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 peers.

"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 educators!"

Cookies on our website

Cookies are used to ensure you get the best browsing experience. No personally identifiable information is collected.
By using our site you agree to these cookies being used. For more information please see our Cookie Policy.