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Kathryn, Occupational Therapist

What is your current role and what does it involve?

I currently work as a band 6 occupational therapist on cardio-respiratory rotation at Glenfield Hospital. I am mainly based on cardiology and cardiac surgery. I assess patients who may need additional support at home to encourage them to remain independent, or assist in their rehabilitation to promote recovery after an illness or procedure. I also act in a supervisory role to other members of staff in our team.

Why did you choose to do the job you do now?

After I had qualified at university, I chose to go into a rotational post to gain a wider variety of experience. I specifically applied to work at Leicester’s Hospitals because as the Trust is so large this rotational post has a greater choice of opportunities than in some other trusts. I was particularly interested in applying for my current post due to the specialist services that are provided at Glenfield for cardiac and respiratory patients and the opportunity to be involved in developing new and existing services.

What training have you had and how has your career progressed?

When I first started working here I completed all the mandatory training along with specific training for my role as an occupational therapist. There are also a wide variety of other opportunities to develop individual interests; I have a particular interest in working in palliative care and with people with dementia, and was therefore supported to complete training to become a champion for my team in both of these areas.

We are actively encouraged to participate in any training that will develop our knowledge and skills in key areas of interest, as well as to develop ourselves to become more effective in our existing role. When I identified that I was keen to move towards a band 6 position I was supported by my team to take on increasing responsibility and participate in service development opportunities that enabled me to develop into that role.

Many teams have an active in-service training programme to provide teaching in areas of interest within their particular specialty. Along with this, our team is also continuously looking for new and exciting ways to develop our service.

What motivates you most about working at Leicester’s Hospitals?

Knowing that there is a huge range of options and areas of specialism across our hospitals means that there is a large team of occupational therapists working across the Trust with a variety of knowledge and skills behind them. I really enjoy working at Leicester’s Hospitals both for the supportive team I work within, and for being able to actively engage in service developments and the training opportunities available. It is an exciting time to be part of all the new projects being developed across the hospitals and to have input into any ideas.

What are the best things about Leicestershire and the surrounding area?

Leicester and Leicestershire are fantastic places to be with many different activities and opportunities available. From shopping and socialising in the city centre with friends, to visiting amazing views like Bradgate Park and Beacon Hill, which are just a ten-minute drive away from work. Since starting work at Leicester’s Hospitals I have been commuting daily from Warwickshire but have now decided to relocate to Leicester to take in everything it has to offer. Knowing I’ll be living a 15-minute drive away from the city centre but also ten minutes away from Bradgate Park is fantastic!

What would you say to people thinking about joining Leicester’s Hospitals?

I would say to give it a try and come and visit us to see what you think. We are a really friendly team across the three hospital sites and would love for new people to come and join us. We have a wide variety of job roles across many different specialties and are keen to find new people to share our enthusiasm for occupational therapy.

Read more about occupational therapy at Leicester’s Hospitals.

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