Occupational Therapy

Unlocking skills in hospitals: better jobs, more care – Grattan Institute – 13 April 2014

Posted on April 14, 2014. Filed under: Medicine, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Workforce | Tags: |

Unlocking skills in hospitals: better jobs, more care – Grattan Institute – 13 April 2014

Stephen Duckett and Peter Breadon

“Enabling less highly-trained hospital workers to play a bigger role could improve jobs for doctors and nurses, save public hospitals nearly $430 million a year and fund treatment for more than 85,000 extra people.

Doctors, nurses and allied health professionals such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists are all squandering their valuable skills on work that other people could do.

It doesn’t take 15 years of training to provide light sedation for a stable patient having a simple procedure, or a three-year degree to help someone bathe or eat – but that is the situation in Australian hospitals today. This mismatch of skills and jobs is putting heavy pressure on hospitals when there are already long waiting lists for many treatments and demand is growing fast.

The report suggests three ways – among many – that hospitals can get a better match between workers and their work. Nursing assistants could free up nurses’ time by providing basic care to patients. Specialist nurses could free up doctors’ time by doing common, low-risk procedures now done by doctors. More assistants could be employed to support physiotherapists and occupational therapists.”

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Building a business case for investing in adaptive technologies in England – London School of Economics and Political Science – July 2012

Posted on July 18, 2012. Filed under: Disability, Health Economics, Occupational Therapy | Tags: |

Building a business case for investing in adaptive technologies in England – London School of Economics and Political Science – July 2012

“For thousands of dependent adults in England, equipment and adaptations play a vital role by allowing people to live independently in their own homes. Interventions vary from simple devices, such as grab rails, to major adaptations, such as stairlifts and bespoke bath and shower rooms. While the range of benefits attributed to these interventions are well documented, both in terms of quality of life improvements and – in some cases – significant reductions in the need for health and social care services, few studies provide an overall picture of the benefits to the state and to the recipients of aids and adaptations in England.

Using available evidence from research literature and user surveys, we constructed a quantitative model to provide estimates of the average costs and benefits associated with use of equipment and adaptations within a dependent older population according to a range of scenarios.”

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Research and development work relating to assistive technology 2008-09 – UK Department of Health – 9 July 2009

Posted on July 10, 2009. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Chronic Disease Mgmt, Occupational Therapy | Tags: , , |

Research and development work relating to assistive technology 2008-09 – UK Department of Health – 9 July 2009

Document type:      Report
Author:   UK  Department of Health
Published date:      9 July 2009
Pages:      105

Presented to Parliament pursuant to section 22 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970

The report covers research and development work carried out by or on behalf of any government department in relation to equipment that might increase the range and independence of older and disabled people.

The current report outlines the role of assistive technology in making independent living easier for older people and disabled adults and children. The report describes the wide range of government-funded projects supporting the development, introduction and evaluation of assistive technology.  Relevant projects funded by the EU  have also been included.

Full text of the report

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AskSARA – website link

Posted on April 29, 2009. Filed under: Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation |

AskSARA is an award-winning guided advice tool developed by national charity the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) to help people find solutions to their daily living problems.

AskSARA is very simple to use. Just choose the topic you wish to complete, respond to the questions and then go to your report. The report contains useful advice written by the DLF’s team of occupational therapists as well as details of products that might help you. This information is drawn from the DLF’s impartial database of equipment that aims to include details of every product on the market.

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Vocational Rehabilitation: what is it, who can deliver it and who pays? – UK report Dec 2008

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: Mental Health Psychi Psychol, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation |

Vocational Rehabilitation: what is it, who can deliver it and who pays?

The Government wants to help millions of people with mental health problems to work, shown by its response to Dame Carol Black’s review of the health of the working population and welfare reform.

Vocational rehabilitation is whatever helps someone with a health problem to stay at, return to and remain in work. We need to develop a vocational rehabilitation workforce that is capable of delivering evidence-based services and we need to find the resources to invest in changing the system.

As a contribution to this debate, in 2008 Sainsbury Centre and the College of Occupational Therapists joined forces to host expert roundtable discussions which addressed the thorny, practical issues about vocational rehabilitation – what is it, who can deliver it, who pays? This paper is the result.

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