Posted on 04/11/2014

Meet Rachel, one of our in-house Occupational Therapists

Meet Rachel, one of our in-house Occupational Therapists

This week is Occupational Therapy Week, and to mark it we will be highlighting the invaluable work that our in-house OT's do. We've already met Helen and David, as well as our OTA Sharon.

Today, meet Rachel!

Why did you choose Occupational Therapy as a career?

I was doing a geography degree but knew I didn't want to use this in a future career! I was thinking about becoming a social worker, but whilst spending time with a social work team I came across an Occupational Therapist (OT) who seemed really happy in her job (more so than the social worker!).

I loved the practical nature of making a real difference to people's lives.
At the same time one of my friend's mum's had a OT work with her in hospital and said she reminded her of me - that clinched it for me!

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

When I first started working as an OT (20 years ago!) I absolutely loved being able to work with my service users and see them make positive changes in their lives. Working within social services, I really enjoyed getting to know whole families and spending time with architects and other members of the team to challenge policies, push the boundaries and get the best outcomes possible for people.

As I moved forward in my career I started to enjoy seeing the progress of team members - for example OTA's training and becoming qualified OT's, students having a successful placement etc. Now I love developing services, being the voice for prescribers in NRS and seeing how the value of OT's is being recognised in the private sector.

What do you enjoy most about working at NRS Healthcare?

The freedom and support to develop "best in class" innovative services. Being able to start a clinical team from scratch - developing policies, recruiting fantastic OT's, working with forward thinking colleagues and learning about the commercial world all the time!

Describe a typical day at work?

Usually I am out of the office for about 2 days a week - meeting with commissioners, visiting the service centres, supervising our OT's, presenting on tenders - a wide variety of tasks.

If I am in head office I will be catching up with emails, speaking to the other OT's around the country and responding to their needs. I also attend meetings ranging from social media content to up and coming bids or new product development - no two days are the same.

What advice would you offer someone considering a career in Occupational Therapy?

Get a realistic idea of what an OT does by spending time in the different settings they work in if possible - volunteer in a day centre or children's club, work as a carer, attend a dementia cafe - anything to get experience of communicating with disabled people, carers and other healthcare professionals.

Also be really honest with yourself about the skills you have - I think the most important skill you need is to be a real people person and communicate with people from all walks of life equally.

 When you are not at work, what do you get up to?

Spending time with my family and friends, walking in the hills round our caravan, endlessly tidying up after my kids (!), baking and lots of activities in my church including leading a life group and helping with running the children's work.

Why not get in touch with our Occupational Therapist today, to see how they can help you!

Call us on 0845 121 8111

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