Occupational Therapist Role in Primary Care
Occupational Therapists work with those across the life span who experience a wide range of clinical conditions: most commonly those who have difficulties due to physical, mental, social or developmental difficulties.
Patients impacted by an Occupational Therapy Role in Primary Care
Occupational Therapists provide assessments and interventions that are aimed at improving an individual’s physical and mental health. The occupational therapist focusses on exploring the impact that a person’s physical or mental health difficulties are having on their ability to complete the daily activities that they want or need to do. As patients’ needs are so varied, Occupational Therapists help GPs to support patients who are frail, with complex needs, live with chronic physical or mental health conditions, manage anxiety or depression, require advice to return or remain in work and need rehabilitation to continue with previous activities.
Providing a range of practical and psychosocial interventions the occupational therapist enables people to facilitate their recovery and overcome barriers that are preventing them engaging in their day to day routines and activities. This helps to increase an individual’s independence and satisfaction in all aspects of their life.