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Reading Council’s Occupational Therapists get national recognition #rdg

Like the rest of the country, Reading faces huge challenges to ensure we can all live fulfilling lives regardless of our needs. In the face of unprecedented Government cuts to health and social care budgets, I want to ensure the council remains committed to providing the high quality care service people deserve.
I’m delighted that the Occupation Therapy team has received recognition for their excellent work and I wrote to them last week to them congratulation the team but the council’s also now put out a press release, I hope they get the recognition they deserve.
Occupational therapists are unique in the way their work spans physical and mental health as well as the social and cultural needs, which is a vital skill in providing holistic, individual assessment and intervention.

Extract from council press release:

READING’S Occupational Therapy Team has received high praise at a National Event hosted by The College of Occupational Therapy.
The event, themed ‘Improving Lives, Saving Money’, took place in London on 2nd November. The Reading team, a partnership between Reading Borough Council and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, was one of only six in the country chosen to showcase their work to the rest of the sector.
The Reading team were the only service demonstrating best practice in joint health and social care working. They were invited to share their innovative joint working and to show how Reading’s integrated Rapid Response and Reablement Service helps to prevent admission to hospitals and reduce long term care costs.
The event highlighted the critical role played by occupational therapists in keeping people out of hospital, reducing the pressure on primary care services and reducing an over reliance on social care.
Prominent speakers on the night included Rt Hon Alistair Burt, Minister for Communities and Health; Baroness Sheila Hollins, COT president and Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Professions Officer for NHS England.

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