sarah-hodgewebFrom appearing in an M&S campaign having a cuppa with Joanna Lumley to scooping a national award, it’s been a whirlwind year for occupational therapist (OT) Sarah Hodge.

Sarah, who works in North Lincolnshire, has been crowned occupational therapist of the year at The OT Show 2016, a conference for occupational therapists up and down the country.

The judges were looking for someone who had made a significant contribution to their profession.

Based at Duchess House in Scunthorpe, Sarah works within community and therapy services for Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust.

Colleague Anne Bontoft put Sarah forward for the award. She said: “Sarah is an inspirational therapist, she has set up and run a project equipping staff with the skills to deal with patients with a cancer diagnosis and has been instrumental in developing a service for patients living with and beyond cancer. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Sarah, she is a true ambassador for the profession and her patients.”

Sarah was picked from professionals across the country to appear in a campaign to promote the Marks and Spencer partnership with Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The video was shown during September on the M&S website, on its social media channels and shared via internal communications channels to M&S staff.

Earlier this year her team, the Macmillan therapy team, was also a finalist at the Quality in Care Onoclogoy 2016 awards where they were ‘highly commended’.

Sarah said: “I am extremely passionate about my job and the difference occupational therapists can make to patients’ lives and I will continue to do everything I can to promote the role. It is wonderful to be recognised on a national level and especially by my peers.”

Dawn Daly, head of therapies at the Trust, said: “Sarah is one of the most inspirational, dedicated clinicians I have met. She is an innovative individual who focuses on finding solutions rather than problems. We are extremely proud of her, this is a most appropriate award.”

As well as the accolade of being OT of the year Sarah was also awarded £200 to spend on her continuous professional development.