Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is the treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions through specific activities in order to help people reach their maximum level of function and independence in all aspects of daily life (World Federation of Occupational Therapy).

The aim of this therapy is to enable those who are temporarily or permanently disabled to be as independent as possible in their daily lives, whilst recovering from illness or adapting to disability.

The occupational therapy service includes teams working on the wards and in outpatient areas within the hospital premises. When patients leave hospital, staff may issue them with equipment which will help them at home, or patients may be referred to the Independent Living Services in Bolton who will assess what equipment they need in the long-term.