Entries are now invited for the Cosyfeet Occupational Therapy Award 2018. This £1000 award is open to qualified OTs or OT students planning to undertake voluntary work, a work placement or research, either in the UK or abroad. The winner’s application should demonstrate that their chosen project will develop their professional knowledge and skills while benefitting others.

Northen Ireland Hospice OTs (Left to Right) Patricia Hutchinson, Gillian Walker & Anne Adams

Palliative care specialist, Gillian Walker, won the award in 2017 to help fund a pioneering project at Northern Ireland Hospice. The project focused on providing sessions on falls awareness to Day Hospice patients and those who assist them.

“We have made the sessions lively and interactive, encouraging group discussion and peer support,” says Gillian. “A range of equipment is available for people to try, such as walking aids, chair raisers, leg lifters, long handled aids and specialist footwear.”

The Cosyfeet Occupational Therapy Award is designed to assist with costs associated with the applicant’s selected project, which could include expenses for equipment, travel or living.

Cosyfeet specialises in making extra roomy footwear, socks and hosiery, designed to fit people with extra wide or swollen feet. As a company, they care passionately about falls prevention, and ensure that their range includes a selection of styles that provide excellent support to the foot as well as a secure, adjustable fit. Their goal is to help keep people independently mobile for as long as possible by providing good footwear to fit swollen and misshapen feet in comfort.

If you would like to apply for the Cosyfeet Occupational Therapy Award, visit http://www.cosyfeet.com/otaward for further information and to enter online before the closing date of April 20th, 2018. The winner will be requested to submit a report and photographs of their experience, and to be included in Cosyfeet publicity relating to the award.

Cosyfeet is the UK’s market leader in extra roomy footwear for swollen feet. As well as being extra wide and deep, Cosyfeet footwear is adjustable, so it fits a range of swelling from minor to very swollen. It also accommodates very wide feet, problem toes, bunions and bandaging. Lots of thought goes into Cosyfeet’s shoemaking including carefully placed seams, cushioned support and removable insoles to accommodate orthotics.  Cosyfeet also offers a range of specialist socks and hosiery. With over 30 years’ experience of fitting swollen feet, Cosyfeet is a well-known and respected brand that is recommended by over 11,000 Health Care Professionals. For more information email prof@cosyfeet.com or call 01458 449071.