Last week saw occupational therapists from across the country descend on the NEC, Birmingham to attend the unmissable OT Show.
The exhibition was packed with exhibitors showcasing their independent living products and services, from sensory products and seating for children to state-of-the-art walkers and adapted cutlery. With over 200 stands OTs were treated to two days of discovery and learning all under one roof.
The education programme offered over 80 hours of CPD and was packed with a fantastic variation of talks and seminars. The Keynote Theatre welcomed talks from Julia Scott CEO of RCOT and our very own columnist Kate Sheehan. Seminar theatres throughout offered learning opportunities on sensory integration, moving and handling, motivating patients and falls prevention – to name just a few.
The end of the first day saw the announcement of the winners of The OTShow Awards and The OT Show Exhibitor Awards. These awards are hosted by the amazing Jen Gash of the OT Coach and are judged by her carefully chosen panel of esteemed judges. Jen started these awards to recognise the tireless work of grassroots OTs and the inspiring contribution they make to the lives of their patients and colleagues and the winners this year were as follows:
Occupational Therapy Innovation and Leadership Award
Winner: Beth White – Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
Sponsored by Ravencourt Living
Beth has been recognised for her work leading a multidisciplinary team and for driving a wider project for four wards across two mental health hospital sites, embedding a sensory approach to mental health inpatient care.
Runner Up: Helen McNamara – Royal Surrey Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Helen was the driving force behind the Royal Surrey Prehabilitation Service, a service set up to prepare cancer patients for surgery in line with the growing body of evidence. It aims to deliver a multimodal prehabilitation programme to patients undergoing major oncological surgery. It was funded by Macmillan for a two year pilot and due to its success it has now been integrated as an ongoing service.
OT Technical Instructor, Helper or Service User Award
Winner: Rob White – Volunteer and service user at Lakeside Lounge, Kent and Medway Partnership Trust
Rob was originally a service user and through his recovery he became an active member of the patient council. He was involved in the implementation and opening of a cafe for service users to spend time with their families and following his hard work and fundraising efforts he became a volunteer. He is involved with the Knowledge Understanding Framework for the personality training disorders training programme and is a valuable member of the team.
Runner Up: Matthew Randall – Sports Coordinator from Kent and Medway NHS Trust
Matthew was recognised for his work with patients supporting them not only with sporting activities, but everyday life. He puts patients first in everything he does and is happy to go above and beyond in any circumstance. His therapeutic programme is planned around the abilities and health of his patients and he focuses on ensuring all patients feel included.
Outstanding Occupational Therapy Award
Winner: Tina Teirney – Medway Community Mental Health Team, KMPT
Tina has been behind the Recovering Occupations Group, a programme to provide an occupationally focused recovery intervention for individuals with a diagnosis of personality disorder. It was developed for patients who were unable to engage in other interventions. The focus of the group was occupation, developing concepts of routine, structure, habits, life balance, leisure and goal setting.
Runner Up: Jane Mosely – East Sussex County Council
Jane os the first OT to work on a newly developed service which supports the most vulnerable individuals in our community through listening and personalised intervention. Jane works with the team to identify strengths, address challenges and promote meaningful occupation and activities within their daily routines.
The OT Show Exhibitor Awards
Best Personal Independence Product
This is a unique collaboration between the Alzheimer’s Society, Designability and Ravencourt Living. Each organisation recognised the need for a GPS locator to help safeguard individuals and each have played their part in developing the technology and bringing it to market. Safer Walking has been designed to simplify the whole process of monitoring vulnerable individuals when they leave the home through live location on a map, easily recognisable SOS notifications, zone enter/exit, route history, two-way communication and the ability to leave notes for other carers.
Excellence in Caring Award
Winner: Gemini 2000 Bath
This unique power-assisted dual-lift bath from Abacus was launched at last year’s OT Show and offers the highest hi-lo platform bath on the market today. It provides accessible, safe and enjoyable bathing for disabled bathers and their carers who prefer not to use adapted shower facilities. It boasts an integrated changing, drying and bathing platform that ensures transfers are more efficient and dignified and decrease the risk of injury. Each Gemini 2000 bath can be tailored to the individual’s needs.
Best Therapeutic Product or Service
This innovative product offers users the opportunity to take a trip down memory lane. It combines a unique combination of physical activity, reminiscence and social interaction. Using an exercise bike and a screen Memoride utilises Google Streetview images to open up the outside world to individuals from the safety and comfort of their home or care facility. It provides a unique and personalised user experience regardless of physical or cognitive restrictions. An excellent way to encourage exercise, communication and enjoyment.
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