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This week is Occupational Therapy Week, which provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on what occupational therapy is all about. Despite being such a valuable service, occupational therapy is often seen as 'the best kept secret in health care.' We want to change that. One of the best reasons I've heard for what occupational therapists actually do is from Sarah Lyon, an OT who said: "Occupational therapy practitioners help clients participate in daily activities when the ability to do so has been compromised by illness, injury, or disability."

Occupational therapy is also on the increase;  predicted to grow faster than most health sectors over the next ten years by 21%, this is a profession on the rise. Despite this, many people in the general public are unsure as to why occupational therapy is so important to society. To find out we asked the therapists themselves!

 

 

 

 

 

1. It puts the client in charge 

"As an OT I can put that person at the centre of their care – they become the team leader, they are in charge of their recovery -I then use my skills and knowledge to assist them on that road." -Ixchiel

 

 

 

2.  It tailors the recovery to the client

"At Enable Therapy Services, together OT's and clients can identify what is important to them and as an OT I can creatively consider how we can achieve solutions to their difficulties. We are creative problem solvers that can apply clinical skills, knowledge and experience to assist clients in their recovery.  Furthermore, as an OT we recognise the important of including the client in the process of recovery."

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. OT's help you live the life you want to live.

"What you do each day i.e. your ‘occupations’ and how you do them are a huge part of what makes you who you are....with scope to consider all areas of your life and improve the most important details, occupational therapy is invaluable!" -Holly

 

 

 

 

 

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Source: NHS Choice

 

 

Tennis elbow is a condition that causes pain around the outside of the elbow.

It's clinically known as lateral epicondylitis.

It often occurs after strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, near the elbow joint.

You may notice pain:

  • on the outside of your upper forearm, just below the bend of your elbow
  • when lifting or bending your arm
  • when gripping small objects, such as a pen
  • when twisting your forearm, such as turning a door handle or opening a jar

 

If you have tennis elbow, you will usually experience:

  • pain on the outside of your upper forearm, just below your elbow – the pain may also travel down your forearm towards your wrist
  • pain when lifting or bending your arm
  • pain when writing or gripping small objects – for example, when holding a pen
  • pain when twisting your forearm – for example, when turning a door handle or opening a jar
  • pain and stiffness when fully extending your arm

An episode of tennis elbow will usually last between six months and two years. However, the majority of people (90%) will make a full recovery within a year.

Tennis Elbow Affects 5 in Every 1000 People.

 

 

Treatment:

Holding a cold compress, such as a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a towel, against your elbow for a few minutes several times a day can help ease the pain.

Manual tasks, such as lifting, you may need to avoid until the pain in your arm improves.

Taking painkillers, such as paracetamol, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may help ease mild pain and inflammation caused by tennis elbow.

Your GP may refer you to a Occupational Therapist if your tennis elbow is causing more severe or persistent pain. Occupational Therapist  are healthcare professionals who use a variety of methods to restore movement to injured areas of the body.
Your OT may use manual therapy techniques, such as massage and manipulation, to relieve pain and stiffness, and encourage blood flow to your arm. They can also show you exercises you can do to keep your arm mobile and strengthen your forearm muscles.

The use of an orthoses – such as a brace, strapping, support bandage or splint – may also be recommended in the short term.

 

Link: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Tennis-elbow/Pages/Introduction.aspx

For more info contact us on info@enabletherapyservices.co.uk or ask for an OT Assesment on 0845 555 2526

An occupational therapy intervention can help improve HbA1cand improve quality of life in young adults with diabetes, new research finds.

Results from the randomized, controlled Resilient, Empowered Active Living (REAL) diabetes study were presented June 11 here at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2017 Scientific Sessions by Beth Pyatak, PhD, who is both an occupational therapist and a certified diabetes educator at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Occupational therapists are generally thought of in a rehabilitative context, but "It's an emerging practice area within the past 10 years or so to focus on chronic disease management," Dr Pyatak told Medscape Medical News, explaining that the main goal of occupational therapy (OT) is to help people accomplish their daily tasks, of which diabetes management involves many.

"We're helping to promote adherence. We're not making specific recommendations for what people should do to manage their diabetes, but we're helping them to implement the advice of other practitioners."

In her talk, Dr Pyatak gave an example of a 24-year-old auto mechanic with type 1 diabetes who has trouble monitoring his blood sugar at work for several reasons: He's embarrassed to check in front of coworkers, his hands are dirty and it's tough to get away from the work area to wash them — especially when the workshop gets busy — and his diabetes supply kit is clunky and inconvenient to carry.

An occupational therapist could help the young man to brainstorm about solutions, such as talking to his boss about taking scheduled breaks, carrying a smaller testing kit, and setting a reminder on his phone.

"It's the process of looking at an activity, figuring out what the challenges are, and helping problem-solve through those that's really at the heart of what OT works on," she said.

Asked to comment, session moderator Arshiya A Baig, MD, of the Chicago Center for Diabetes Translation Research, Illinois, told Medscape Medical News that the REAL study points to the potential value of including occupational therapists as part of diabetes healthcare teams, which also typically include professionals such as nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, educators, and social workers alongside physicians.

"It gets at engaging other healthcare team members in promoting a healthy lifestyle. If that comes from occupational therapists, who have their own approaches, sure. We often refer our patients to OT for physical issues and physical disabilities, but I think engaging them in chronic disease care is really innovative and novel," she commented.

Different Results in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

The REAL study included young adults aged 18 to 30 years old of low socioeconomic status who had had either type 1 or type 2 diabetes for at least a year and an HbA1c of 8.0% or higher.

The intervention comprised 12 one-hour OT sessions delivered over 6 months in home or community settings. Content modules covered living with diabetes, access and advocacy, activity and health, social support, and emotional well-being. Each was individually tailored to the patient with the use of motivational interviewing.

Controls received informational pamphlets and were called by phone every 2 weeks to check whether they'd read the material and if they had questions.

A total of 81 patients were randomized. They had a mean age of 22.6 years, 63% were female, 78% were Hispanic/Latino,10% were African American, 10% white, and 23.8% were living below the federal poverty line.

Three-quarters had type 1 diabetes, and the rest had type 2. Overall diabetes duration was 9.7 years, and mean HbA1c for the entire group was 10.8%. Mean score for diabetes distress was 9.6 on a scale where greater than 8 reflects clinically significant distress. In all, 35 in the OT group and 37 in the control group completed the study and follow-up.

At 6 months, HbA1c had dropped by 0.57 percentage points in the OT group, while in the control group it rose by 0.36, a significant difference between groups (= .01).

Unexpectedly, the response differed by diabetes type: Among the 56 patients with type 1 diabetes, HbA1c dropped by 0.84 vs 0.03 percentage points in the OT treatment and control groups, respectively (= .04), while it actually rose in both treatment and control groups among the 19 with type 2 diabetes (0.2 vs 1.58 percentage points, = .10).

The reason for this difference isn't clear. It may be that something about the intervention didn't resonate with the type 2 patients, or simply that it was a spurious finding given the small number in that group.

Moreover, Dr Pyatak noted that youth-onset type 2 diabetes is particularly difficult to control and little is known about the usual HbA1c trajectory in that population. "Is the 20s just a time you'd expect to see worsening? I'm still puzzling through this a bit," she said.

Overall for the entire group, significant improvements were also seen for the OT treatment compared with the controls in the Audit of Diabetes-Dependent Quality of Life (0.7 vs 0.15, = .04) and for checking blood glucose in the Self-Reported Behavioral Automaticity Index, a measure of the extent to which the behavior had become a "habit" (3.94 vs 1.65, = .05).

There were no other differences in overall effect by gender, ethnicity, diabetes type, or setting.

Dr Pyatak said her team has now received funding to implement the REAL intervention in a large Los Angeles County primary-care setting, and they're hoping to also launch a study of the intervention delivered via telehealth.

When Dr Baig was asked whether her Chicago center employs an occupational therapist as part of their diabetes team, she replied: "We don't. We should. I think we haven't engaged them in their full capacity."

The REAL study was funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/National Institutes of Health. Dr Pyatak has no relevant financial relationships. Disclosures for the coauthors are listed in the abstract. Dr Baig has no relevant financial relationships.  

Source: Occupational Therapy Helps Young Adults With Diabetes - Medscape - Jun 21, 2017.

Written by Miriam E Tucker

In her speech to close the Royal College of Occupational Therapists annual conference, its CEO Julia Scott told delegates that to ensure that the occupational therapy profession continues to go from strength to strength the role of occupational therapists need to continue to evolve.

"I think the key is in staying flexible, seeking out new opportunities to support people in healthy occupations, continually thinking: how can we improve on this, how can we make a bigger difference, how can we provide more value?

"When Occupational therapists are set free of the constraints existing models of service provision imposed on them, they come up with most beautifully crafted alternatives."

Building on the theme, she asked her 32,000 members from across the UK to join her in an "occupational therapy uprising".

"We have to continue to build and maintain this profile of occupational therapy. You [members] can do your bit, by using your title in full, by explaining to others that Occupation has a vital role to play in terms of the maintenance of citizen’s health and well-being, by being brave and thinking differently."

2016's Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) Conference was awarded Best Association Conference for between 450 and 1500 delegates at the Global Conference Network’s awards ceremony. This is a title RCOT hope to maintain following this year’s event which attracted a record number of delegates. More than 1,500 attended the event at Birmingham’s International Convention Centre. Work is already underway to plan next year’s conference which will take place in Belfast for the first time.

 

Source: https://www.rcot.co.uk/news/ceo-royal-college-occupational-therapists-calls-occupational-therapy-uprising

 

Monday 26th June 2017 will be a day to remember for Harry Potter fans old and new as it marks 20 years since the iconic Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published! You are hereby invited to save the date for magical happenings!

From an idea born on a train journey to its creation in a small cafe in Edinburgh, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone started a global phenomenon. It has sold over 450 million copies worldwide in 79 languages, inspired a major movie franchise, a spellbinding theatre production and captivated readers of all ages for twenty years.

Source: http://www.harrypotter.bloomsbury.com/uk/harrypotter20/

 

Here at ETS we recognise the power these books have to boost your mood, lift your self esteem and set a positive example for generations to follow! J.K Rowling we salute you!

We're Hiring Again!

 

Location: ETS Head Office, Office 6 Suite 6.2, Mortec Office Park, York Road, Leeds LS15 4TA

 

Salary: £18,000 doe

 

Job Purpose:

Enable Therapy services are seeking a dynamic, efficient, and hardworking office Administrator to join their Leeds head office administration team. Working as part of a team you will be expected to provide an efficient, effective, and confidential administration service.

 

Criteria:

In order to fulfil this role, the post holder is expected to exercise personal responsibility, judgement and initiative within overall defined limits and with minimum supervision. Have a confident telephone manner, excellent communication and IT skills. Detailed knowledge of Word and Excel are essential.

 

Previous experience of working in a healthcare setting and car driver are desirable.

 

If you think you are the right candidate for ETS, please contact Carrie Emmerson by phone on 0113 2733638 or email; carrie.emmerson@enabletherapyservices.co.uk to obtain further information and the details of how to apply for this role, the deadline for completed applications is midday on Friday 30th June 2017.

Interviews will be conducted on: Wednesday 5th July 

 

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We're Hiring Again!

We have a new vacancy for a full time occupational therapist/case manager to join the Leeds head office team.

Ideally we would like someone AMAZING -enquire for details.

Please call 0845 5552526 to chat through the job requirements.

Or, if you think you might fit the bill, please submit your CV recruitment@enabletherapyservices.co.uk

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MINDFULNESS-PILATES FOR THE BRAIN

What is Mindfulness

We are “mindful” that this is Mental Health Awareness Week and for this post we wanted to focus on a brief insight to mindfulness and its benefits which we've called 'Mindfulness- Pilates For The Brain'......which seems apt under the circumstances. This post is based on our own personal experiences of Mindfulness and the experience of  working with clients who utilise it in their recovery. We hope you will enjoy this and find it useful.

“Mindfulness” has become a buzzword and is seems to be everywhere at the moment, from the press, to social media, TV, radio etc. Mindfulness has been accepted by NICE as their preferred intervention with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for assisting with anxiety and depression - see NICE for more information. The more we hear about it, the more daunting it can appear but mindfulness is more basic than many of us think it is. What’s more, there’s no wrong way of practising ‘being mindful’. Mindfulness is about being aware and being in the present moment -rather than being embroiled in thoughts about past situations or future situations, or as often is the case – involved in the ever-seductive inner mental chatter we can all easily fall prey to.

To put ourselves in a mindful state is relatively easy: it’s about:

  • Pausing
  • Breathing
  • Observing what we are thinking about / our thoughts and trying to maintain that awareness
  • Avoiding getting entangled by the thoughts no matter how easy it is to do so- (a good tip is to label the thoughts as they appear e.g. “ah that’s planning”/criticising/ worrying” etc. – rather than actually becoming involved in the mental inner chatter

The Wandering Mind

The thing you will notice if you try this, is that for the first 10-20-30 seconds, it’s ok. Then inadvertently something will happen and the mind will do its own thing…….and simply wander! You may catch yourself suddenly becoming aware that you are now re-living an angry conversation with someone; or maybe you’re planning what you want to say at an important future meeting; you may even be thinking about what you need to do on the way home from work.

The mind wanders…. that’s what it does. In this wandering state, we can lose sight of what is happening in the moment, and instead get caught up in thought patterns which can be unhelpful e.g. that angry conversation you had.

Unhelpful Thinking Patterns

As a result, we can end up ruminating or berating ourselves- ‘why didn’t I say that?’…or ‘why am I so stupid?’ and even catastrophising- ‘I’ll can’t do this and then I’ll end never get that promotion!’.

Many of us are so caught up in what we are thinking that we fail to notice what is really happening in the moment. That means that we stop taking ‘reality checks- i.e. what’s real as opposed to what’s perceived. We can easily start believing our own thoughts. We’ll all be familiar with the phrase ‘you become what you think most’.

Taking a reality check can be even harder when we’re feeling anxious or depressed or stressed. Anxiety creates a state of ‘FIGHT’ or ‘FLIGHT’ and before we know it, our body is responding to the chemicals which the brain is sending around our bodies.

Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing Practices

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and May is also Mental Health Awareness month. The last few months particularly have seen a lot of media attention on the work of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. They, and many other individuals in the media, and from every day walks of life who have been sharing stories about the effect of life events on their mental health.

Mental Health difficulties can affect anyone, at any time of their life - irrespective of race, colour, sex, status- rich or poor, or how successful or otherwise you may outwardly appear. It is indiscriminate in this respect. Many affected individual’s feel alone and blame themselves but there are many sources of support out there including MIND, Samaritans, GPs and many other groups.

There are also lots of things we can do to help ourselves including exercise, healthy eating and drinking, socialising, learning new skills and hobbies, yoga, and mediation / mindfulness.

The Benefits of Mindfulness

There are many including;

  • Re-wiring your brain to think differently – e.g. more positively (it’s all about Neuroplasticity- see below)
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Less likelihood of becoming depressed or relapsing
  • Increases positive emotions and decreases negative emotions
  • Reduces chronic pan
  • Reduces migraines
  • Decreased PTSD
  • Increases our Grey Matter – we become more able to learn better!
  • Increases concentration

Using Mindfulness and Meditation to Remain Mentally Healthy

Mindfulness takes practice- and this is where meditation comes in. Regular 10 minute practices can really help you to become aware / become more mindful and become even more aware of the fact that you are not being mindful.

Research has shown many permanent and long lasting effects of mindfulness including the ability to re-shape our way of thinking. Based on the concepts of neuroplasticity, it’s understood that neurons that fire together wire together. That means the brain gets better at doing the things it does most often (both good and bad). So, if you want to practice being more positive or assertive-  research shows with practice that you can change. The same with mindfulness and meditation. The more we practice the easier we will find it to become mindful and the more satisfying we will find the experience.

Useful apps which we find beneficial include Headspace  and Whil.

Conclusion:

We all get stuck in patterns of habitual thinking and unhelpful behaviours from time to time. Mindfulness can help us become less prone to poor mental health and it provides us with a chance to step out, press the pause button and give yourself a clean start. The next time you find yourself dwelling – stop, breathe and notice what you’re thinking about.

 

Royal Member Status

We are delighted to announce that Enable Therapy Services are officially "Royal". We are members of The Royal College of Occupational Therapists, (previously The College of Occupational Therapists),  which achieved the Royal recognition on 19 April 2017 . The College is the professional body for Occupational Therapy and it has approximately 32,000 Occupational Therapists across the UK. All our Occupational Therapists are members of The College - it is simply part of our minimum professional standards. Both they and ETS have achieved The Royal member status.

Everyday, our Occupational Therapists as Case Managers are working with our clients to help them manage their injuries, physical and psychological, always providing support to the client in a holistic manner addressing not only their health needs but also their social, work and learning / re-training needs. It's a privilege to be able to work alongside the clients to try and help them make the fullest recovery they possibly can under the circumstances. Our goal is always to try and enable the individuals to regain their independence and maximise recovery.

We are proud that all our Occupational therapists (OTs), will now be rewarded and recognised for their hard work and high professional standards by The Royal Member Status . Well done to The College of Occupational Therapists on achieving this significant accolade of Royal Member status- and well done to all the Occupational Therapists in ETS and the UK, who now have received further recognition of the value of their  hard work,  commitment and professionalism as a result of this announcement.

These are exciting days for us all!!!

 

Join Our Team Occupational Therapist Leeds

Vacancy Closing Date!

Thank you to everyone who has applied so far to join our great team of Occupational Therapists and Administrators, at our beautiful Leeds Head Office. Thank you also to everyone who has shared this post with their friends and colleagues- we really appreciate your support. We can now confirm the vacancy close date as 12/05/2017. Interviews will be held in our Leeds offices on the 23/05/2017.

So, if you haven't yet applied please do so,  and if you read this and think you know someone who fits the bill, please let them know of our vacancy closing date and the interview date. Just as a reminder, we are looking for the very best only, so if that person is you,  or if you know any Occupational Therapist/ Case Manager who fits the bill,  please get in touch with us on 0113 273 3638. Alternatively, e-mail us a CV and your covering letter to recruitment@enabletherapyservices.co.uk for more information.

The right person will be joining a great team of amazing Occupational Therapists and Administrators, providing a high standard of rehabilitation support to clients following personal injuries. The ideal candidate will be qualified and will have at least 5 years experience of a variety of clinical areas. Excellent communication skills and a great understanding of Occupational Therapy / Case Management is imperative as you will be liaising with a wide range of disciplines in order to support our clients' rehabilitation. We are also looking for outstanding report writing skills, but we didn't need to tell you that,  as you'll already appreciate the importance of this requirement. Regular, highly focused and timely information provision to our referring parties is one of the hallmarks of our excellent service provision.

The super Occupational Therapist/ Case Manager, will possess a client focused approach to rehabilitation and will utilise a biophysical model to support our clients in all aspects of their lives which have been affected by the injury.

We really look forward to welcoming you to our great team here in Leeds - we are the best.

We look forward to hearing from you, ahead of our vacancy closing date of 12/05/2017, and to meeting you at our interviews on 12/05/2017.  Please call on 0113 273 3638 or send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@enabletherapyservices.co.uk. Last but not least , please feel free to share this with individuals whom you think will fit the bill.

 

Bubble Run ETS 2017

 

ETS Bubble Rush Team 2017 - Just Giving-please give generously

The ETS team from head office were joined by friends and family on Saturday 22 April 2017 at Harewood House raising money in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds.  The day was tremendous fun as you can see by the smiles and faces on the picture of the ETS bubble rush team 2017.  The event was attended by thousands of other fellow bubblers from across the region and country, and the weather was dry and warm. By the end of the event.....our bubble rush team were anything but dry!!!

Foam and froth and lots of green paint all added to the sheer enjoyment of the day for the team and their family. Some of the team are reporting still finding green paint on their skin and nails despite numerous showers to try and remove it.!!! It certainly was a day to remember and it's hard to say who enjoyed it most -the children and young adults on the ETS Bubble Team or the parents and aunties and uncles on the team!   The ETS Bubble Rush team were determined to pull all stops out for the event and challenged themselves by running most of the way around. There are a few sore limbs in the office toady and some tired but happy smiles on the faces of our Bubble Rush Occupational Therapists.

The team made a team picnic and enjoyed this, as they sat around with their family and friends whilst admiring the beautiful grounds of Harewood House. The excitement and nerves built up amongst the team and they could hardly wait for starters orders before running off to complete the first ETS Bubble Run.

Last year, the event raised £98, 317.44 This year we are all hoping to beat that target, and we at ETS are doing everything we can to achieve that goal. If you would to sponsor the team the link is; http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ETSbubblers.  We'd love you to share this link with friends and colleagues so that we can do everything we can to help St Gemma's beat last year's target and raise vital funds.  Please give as much or as little as you can and please share our post freely - it's all for a good cause!