Fine example of staff finding creative solutions; driven by putting people first.
Occupational therapy assessment clinic in Fife
Development of the occupational therapy clinic
Increasing rates of referrals, people waiting for treatment, travel time, staff vacancies were just a few of the triggers to lead staff in the older adult mental health occupational therapy service in Fife to say:
“We are not having people waiting 4-5 months for an occupational therapy assessment”
We were also acutely aware that waiting months for an assessment was resulting in people with a cognitive impairment/dementia having deteriorated over this time, increase in stress and anxiety on carers and families as well as not having accessed other services and supports that they could have been receiving. This was not a positive outcome for people living with dementia, their families or the occupational therapy staff.
We considered a number of solutions to this issue, but all of them had an adverse effect on other parts of…
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