Occupational therapists (OT) offer support across all our prison and forensic services.

Occupational therapy (OT) is the use of treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with physical, mental or developmental conditions. Our therapy is patient centred and helps our patients progress towards their goals and aspirations.

We use interventions that focus on adapting the environment which our patients are unsure of, we modify tasks and teach the skills needed to help our patients move forward. ‘Occupations’ are all the active processes of looking after others and ourselves, being socially and economically productive. These include self-care, domestic, work, leisure, social and community activities. Our OT therapists work with individuals to facilitate health and well-being through engagement in occupation to improve quality of life and maximise independence. We encourage our patients to develop their life skills, for example cooking for themselves and other patients one night a week, to then working shifts at our cafe Henri's. This gives our patients a structure and routine that they can continue after being discharged.

We also help educate our patients’ families within our care plans for each patient we care for. This is done to increase participation and performance in daily activities.

Occupational therapists often work closely with other medical professionals, like psychologists, nurses, social workers, and community based staff, within a multi-disciplinary setting.