JS55678526Cardiff University’s School of Healthcare Sciences and the College of Occupational Therapists held a one-day conference to mark 50 years of education in the field in Wales.

Specialists in occupational therapy were given a royal visit yesterday after the Princess Royal helped officially mark 50 years of education in the field in Wales.

Cardiff University’s School of Healthcare Sciences and the College of Occupational Therapists held a one-day conference for alumni, lecturers, staff and students to officially mark the occasion.

The conference chronicled how far the profession has developed since it was first set up in Wales in 1964 and celebrated the vital contribution that occupational therapists play to health and well-being.

Dr Steven Whitcombe, Cardiff University’s Professional Head of Occupational Therapy, said: “As Patron of the College of Occupational Therapists, The Princess Royal is a leading advocate for our profession and our vital work.

“We hope the event and our Royal visitor will help shine a light on our achievements and the benefits that occupational therapy plays for people in Wales, the UK, and the wider world,” he added.

Julia Scott, hief executive of the College of Occupational Therapists said: “We are extremely proud of occupational therapy’s history in Wales and Cardiff University’s continuing commitment to excellence in occupational therapy education.

“I welcome the opportunity to meet some of our leading figures in occupational therapy to celebrate the achievements of students past and present.”

Occupational therapy provides support to people of all ages whose health may prevent them from getting on with their everyday lives.