Gillian Walker, an OT at Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast, was the proud winner of the Cosyfeet OT Award 2017. The £1000 award helped fund the OT department’s pioneering project to increase falls awareness among day hospice patients, and among the carers who assist them.

They began the falls prevention programme in September 2017 with the aim of increasing falls awareness, primarily among the day hospice patients but also among families, carers, volunteers and staff. The course was delivered to patients at the hospice through interactive and engaging group interactions, along with a presentation.

The sessions, which were delivered by an OT and rehab assistant covered fear of falling, risk factors, exercise, home safety, aids equipment, medication, vision, balance, footwear, blood pressure, memory problems, healthy eating, what to do if you fall at home and community services. Each patient received an information pack following the session and were asked to fill in a questionnaire which revealed that all attendees found the course beneficial.

The Cosyfeet Occupational Therapy Award is a £1000 award that is open to any OT or OT student who is planning voluntary work, a work placement or research, whether in the UK or abroad. For more information, and to apply for the Cosyfeet OT Award 2018 visit www.cosyfeet.com/otaward. The closing date for entries is April 20.