Friday, 6 July 2018

Happy 70th NHS!


As an NHS employee I thought I'd give myself a little anniversary treat today by giving my own profession a mention.  I'm an occupational therapist - or 'A Bloody Basket Weaver!' as the nurses that I work with call me.  They allude to a time when the occupational therapy world was almost entirely populated by nice wholesome middle class girls who foisted craft activities on unsuspecting victims in hospitals.  Here's some.  I couldn't resist this even though, judging by the clothes, it's probably from a time that pre-dates the National Health Service. I'm wondering whether those young men dressed in weird garb look so eager to be sewing because the girl is very pretty.  It's amazing what the male of the species will do in those circumstances.  My son came home from Scout camp the other day covered in glitter applied by a Girl Guide!

Today occupational therapists are a more eclectic bunch.  There's even a few big hairy blokes among our number.   What we do is very diverse too.  My colleagues in physical health do a very different job.  You wouldn't necessarily recognise that we're from the same profession.

Theories about occupation have moved on.  For activity to be therapeutic it has to match the individual, their beliefs and what they need and want to do.  So it doesn't look like I'll be persuading poorly men to wear a dress and engage in needle crafts at any time soon.  Unless of course, they express a desire to do this!





8 comments:

  1. I wished the NHS a Happy Birthday in person yesterday as I went for an X-ray on my very sore knee. I was in and out in less than 20 minutes which was excellent service! Why did I think that it started in 1947 though...not 48 ? Must look that up as it could be a quiz question in the future!

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    1. Somebody helpfully gave the answer below! xx

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  2. Because the NHS Act was passed in 1947 but did not become operative until 5th July 1948.

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    1. And oops! I put 75 in the title initially rather than 70. xx

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  3. When I was in hospital a few years ago having a fractured wrist through falling, I was visited by an Occupational Therapist on the ward. She spoke to me about safety etc in the home and even paid me a home visit after my discharge. I was a bit confused about this as having worked in a psychiatric hospital in the past to me Occupational Therapy was all about rehabilitating patients with sewing, knitting, pottery, basket weaving, painting etc

    We could visit our OT department whenever we wanted to and I still have a little pot I bought from them which I used to keep my mascara and eye-liner brushes in, now it is home to tweezers, nail files and small pairs of scissors. Times have changed! I even learnt the basics of patchwork from one of the patients attending. Memories!

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    1. Ah! The physical OTs work on the premise that by getting you home you'll be able to get back to doing the activities that are meaningful to you there. Normally people are raring to go. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak as it were. xx

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  4. I like when you describe bits of your profession as I think helping people to have good mental health is vital. I like the fact that it is tailored to each person’s need rather than “ bloody basket weaving” ( ery sore on the hands if you’ve ever tried it,)

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    1. The tailoring is the key part. I was not good at basket weaving at college. Yes we did it as part of the course. I hung out most of the time in the pottery. xx

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