World occupational therapy day – 27 October

World occupational therapy day – 27 October
26 October 2017

Tomorrow is world occupational therapy day – an important date in the occupational therapy calendar to promote and celebrate the profession internationally.

To mark the occasion, we spoke to Camilla Cox, senior occupational therapist and day programme manager in the eating disorders service, to find out more about her role and why the day is important to her.

What does your job involve?

I manage the day-to-day running of the eating disorders service, management responsibilities and carrying out group and individual sessions with clients. My days can involve running a group, attending a meeting, doing a supported lunch with patients, providing supervision or carrying out an audit. My job is varied and recently I was involved with gardening, foraging fruit with clients and making St Ann's organic blackberry and damson jam.

How does the service support patients?

The service works with patients who are in a process of recovery or making significant changes from an eating disorder. We are a specialist service and therefore work with people who have often become severe in their presentation of the illness.  

We provide a range of support helping people to deal with difficult feelings that arise, understand them further and find ways of coping and working to reduce the effects of the eating disorder.  

What do you love most about your job? 

The diversity that it offers, the quality of the work that we are able to do with clients and working with such a great team. I also love having the capacity to be innovative like starting a new peer support group within our service.  

What does occupational therapy mean to you and why is world occupational therapy day important? 

On a clinical level occupational therapy is a diverse profession that works with clients and communities in many settings, situations and circumstances to improve the quality of life and interdependence.

Occupational therapy to me as a clinician has become a community, which I feel part of. I enjoy being engaged with project work and committees external to my day job that keep me connected with people from all over the world.

World occupational therapy day is an important date in the calendar giving the profession a focus to congregate and shout loud and proud about what we do.

For more information about the eating disorders service please visit the BEH website here.

To find out more about occupational therapy visit:

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

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