Occupational Therapy Week 2023

This year’s Occupational Therapy Week starts today (Monday 6 November) and finishes on Sunday 12 November.

As a profession, Occupational Therapists are on the frontline of health equity and are uniquely placed to understand and tackle the challenges people face. OTs see health inequalities every day, supporting and helping those most in need.

#OTWeek2023 is an opportunity to celebrate all things OT and highlight the role it has in people’s recovery and management of their health conditions.

OTs are experts in occupations and occupational science – this means the activities that we all complete in our daily lives, ranging from specific tasks such as self-care, to those life roles that we all have.

OTs work with their patients to look at how they approach these activities and to identify the barriers preventing them from completing these tasks or roles. Taking into account both their physical and mental health, they support them to be able to do the everyday activities they need or want to do to live a healthy and fulfilling life.

We have OTs working in both adult and children’s services across all our settings, not to mention our brilliant occupational therapy support staff, which includes OT Assistants and Technicians, Therapy Assistants and Therapy Practitioners.

To help demonstrate the wide range of activities and support our occupational therapists provide across the Trust, some of our fantastic OTs have produced these videos in which they speak about their roles and what they love about their jobs.


View some of our fantastic OTs’ stories below…

Lucy: OT, Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit

Michelle: OT, Perinatal Mental Health Service

Olly: Assertive Outreach Team, Gloucester and the Forest of Dean

Tom: OT, Gloucester Recovery Service

Wayne, Engagement and Activity and Physical Health Practitioner

Gemma: OT Technician, Mental Health Services

Angela: OT, Gloucester Recovery Service

Opportunities for Occupational Therapists within our Trust

We have many opportunities for people wishing to pursue a career as an Occupational Therapist within our Trust. Current vacancies include:

  • Band 7 CYPS Occupational Therapist
  • Band 6 SCAAS and CAMHS Neuro OT
  • Band 5 Mental Health OT
  • Band 6 OT with the CHPSS team
  • Community Occupational Therapy Lead – amongst other vacancies

To find out more about working for our Trust and the opportunities available, visit our website: Work for us > Glos Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust (ghc.nhs.uk)

World AIDS Day – 1st December

World AIDS Day – 1st December

Friday 1 December is #WorldAIDSDay – a global campaign by the National AIDS Trust, which has been recognised on 1st December every year since 1988. Its aim is to support those living with HIV, remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS-related illness, secure the rights of people living with the condition and continue the fight to end the stigma surrounding HIV.

Children’s flu – it’s not too late to vaccinate!

Children’s flu – it’s not too late to vaccinate!

With Flu season now well underway, our School Aged Immunisation Team would like to take this opportunity to remind parents of the importance of protecting their children against the virus by ensuring they have their flu vaccination.

Trust presented with Defence ERS Gold Award

Trust presented with Defence ERS Gold Award

Representatives from Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust were extremely proud and honoured this morning to receive the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award from the Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (WRFCA), in recognition of its commitment and support for defence personnel.