Health staff visit schools to educate

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NHS staff went out and about to schools to promote their profession during National Occupational Therapy Week.

The occupational therapists, who work for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), visited students at four schools in the Borough to celebrate their profession and raise the profile of the work they do in the local community.

There are over 29,000 qualified occupational therapists in the UK who help people who are ill, disabled or feeling the effects of ageing to stay active and continue doing the things they take for granted – such as preparing a meal, returning to work, or doing a favourite pastime.

Jane Sayner, RDaSH Senior Occupational Therapist said: “Every year we organise activities to publically promote our profession, but this year we decided to take a different approach and engage with potential health professionals of the future.

“We visited Hall Cross, Hayfield, Ridgewood and Rossington All Saints Schools to provide information about occupational therapy and took part in activities and group work with students to demonstrate our role and the part it plays within the wider NHS.

“We have received excellent feedback from the schools and hope we may have encouraged some budding occupational therapists”

Following the success of the activities during Occupational Therapy Week, RDaSH occupational therapists have been invited to visit other schools within the Borough over the coming months.

Plans are now underway to reach out to other schools in the region.

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