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Thank you to our therapists – All 1485 of you

We’re saying thank you to our therapists next week – all 1485 of them - by holding our own CNWL Therapies Week from Monday 7 December until Friday 11 December 2015.

For five days this Trust-wide campaign will celebrate our psychologists, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, podiatrists, dieticians and support workers, all employed by CNWL.

Each day we will focus on a different therapies group:

  • On Monday we will celebrate over 500 psychologists and psychotherapists
  • On Tuesday we give thanks to our 270 occupational therapists and assistants
  • On Wednesday we celebrate our 130 physios and assistants
  • On Thursday we focus on our 100+ speech and language therapists and assistants
  • On Friday we finish the week by thanking our 11 phlebotomists , 45 podiatrists and assistants, as well as our audiologist, six health advisers, five dieticians and 200+ support workers.

Some of our thTherapies Weekerapists will come together on Wednesday 9 December for a special breakfast with the Trust Board.

We’ll be posting updates throughout the week so keep an eye on our Twitter feed (follow us @CNWLNHS) and there will be stories on our website highlighting the differences therapists make to patient lives. We will also be hosting a number of presentations and workshops for staff to enjoy as part of the celebrations.

Claire Murdoch, CNWL Chief Executive, said: “One quarter of our staff are therapists, skilled, highly trained and in every Trust service, so much so that we could not get by without them . This week we're showcasing the fabulous things they do and to loudly and proudly, thank you therapists."

Here’s an overview of our therapies and what our staff have planned for the week

Monday - Psychologists/psychotherapists

We start the week by focusing on our psychotherapists and psychologists.

Psychotherapist/psychologists treat a wide range of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance misuse and other long term conditions. They listen and discuss important issues with patients and help them to develop strategies for resolving problems, attitudes and behaviour. Some therapists teach specific skills to help someone tolerate painful emotions or manage relationships more effectively.

Psychotherapy usually involves talking, but sometimes other methods may be used – for example, art, music, drama and movement. We offer all of these therapies within CNWL.

On Monday, our arts psychotherapists are holding various drop-in sessions for CNWL staff including dramatherapy and mindfulness based cognitive therapy. We’ll also be sharing stories from our psychologists and psychotherapists throughout the day. 

Tuesday – Occupational therapists

Occupational therapists provide support to people whose health prevents them from doing the activities that matter to them. An occupational therapist can identify strengths and difficulties that someone has in everyday life, such as dressing or getting to the shops, and will help you work out practical solutions.

Occupational Therapy staff at Northwick Park Mental Health Unit will be posting information on the ward boards and manning a stand in the main reception area of the unit on 8 December. Staff will be offering an array of information on ‘What Occupational Therapy is’ and the work that we provide on the wards. Patients will share their personal recovery journeys too, either in person or through narrative recovery stories.

From 10am - 3pm at St Charles Mental Health Unit there will be a stall inside the reception area illustrating the range of assessments and interventions offered by Occupational Therapy. Staff from community, older adults and adult mental health services will be on hand to talk about their work. There will also be a short multiple choice quiz on Occupational Therapy, and all those who enter will be eligible for a delicious prize!


Wednesday – Physiotherapists

The aim of physiotherapy is to help restore movement and normal body function in cases of illness, injury and disability. As well as treating specific problems, your physiotherapist may also suggest ways to improve your general wellbeing – for example, by taking regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight for your height and build. Physiotherapists take a holistic approach, looking at the body as a whole rather than focusing on the individual factors of an injury or illness.

We'll be announcing our plans for Wednesday soon

Thursday – Speech and language therapists

Speech and language therapists provide life-changing treatment, support and care for children and adults who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing. Staff will work with children and adults to find ways to improve the fluency of speech and offer psychological therapy to help with any emotional difficulties occurring as a result of speech difficulties.

Milton Keynes Speech and Language Therapy and Adult Hearing Service are holding a sharing and learning afternoon for Speech and Language Therapist’s. We'll also be sharing stories from staff. 


Friday - Phlebotomists, podiatrists, audiologists, health advisers, dieticians and support workers

Friday we focus on a mixture of different therapies, some more known than others.

Phlebotomists are specialist clinical support workers who take blood samples from patients for testing in laboratories. The results of the tests are an important way of diagnosing illness.

Podiatristsoffer advice and treatment if you have painful feet, thickened or discoloured toenails, cracks or cuts in the skin, growths such as warts, scaling or peeling on the soles or any other foot-related problem

Audiologists test patients' hearing ability and balance to determine the extent of hearing damage, and identify the underlying cause.

Health advisers provide information, advice and counselling to patients

Dietitians fill many roles, depending on where they work. Some examples include: Nutrition specialists who counsel and support clients to make changes in their eating habits to promote health and prevent chronic illness such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, cancer.

Support workers look after the physical and mental wellbeing of children or vulnerable adults in care.

On Friday we share a day in the life of our podiatry team in Milton Keynes.

Look out for more details on our news page and InConversation blog throughout the week.

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