Therapists will occupy Barnstaple shopping centre

Health workers in Green Lanes tomorrow (Tuesday) to promote their work as part of National Occupational Therapy Week.

A GROUP of North Devon occupational therapists are heading into Barnstaple town centre tomorrow (Tuesday) to showcase their work improving health and wellbeing.

The therapists will be promoting their profession and talking to the public at Green Lanes Shopping Centre from 9am to 5pm as part of National Occupational Therapy Week, which runs until Friday.

Occupational therapists help people who are ill, disabled or feeling the effects of ageing to do the things that are important to them, such as preparing a meal, returning to work or doing a favourite pastime.

The event in Barnstaple has been organised by OTs from the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, the Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Devon County Council’s adult and community services team. They will also be visiting community hospitals and GP surgeries.

“It will be a great opportunity to tell local people about my profession,” said Jo Harness, an occupational therapist (OT) at North Devon District Hospital.

“We are looking forward to demonstrating how we are able to help people lead more independent and rewarding lives.”

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The group will answer questions and hand out leaflets, while the public will be asked to complete a quick questionnaire.

There are more than 29,000 qualified OTs across the UK.

Julia Scott, chief executive of the College of Occupational Therapists, added: “On a daily basis, we hear from people about the difference their occupational therapist has made to their lives.

“OTs work in a variety of roles, including helping people return to work, supporting people with depression and designing accessible environments and products.”

For more information, call Jo on 01271 311526 or e-mail her at

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