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As key members of today's healthcare team, therapists provide treatment that helps transform people's lives. From helping to get patients back on their feet after an operation to treating people with longer term chronic conditions, you will find therapists working in a variety of settings from hospitals to people’s homes.

In October, over 100 therapists from the Trust took the opportunity to share and celebrate the vital contribution they make to patients at a special Therapies Showcase event.

The therapies team comprises many skilled professionals; occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, dementia care specialists and dieticians, who provide invaluable care, working across teams, to support our patients’ recoveries.

Opening the event, Chief Executive, Andrew Liles said: “It gives me great pleasure to be here today, to celebrate our therapists; the service they provide is an integral part of our patients’ care - one that is often over looked - and key to patient rehabilitation, in hospital and out in the community.”

The group was addressed by keynote speaker, Beverley Harden, Allied Health Professional Lead for NHS South, who spoke about how therapists can lead the way in the new look NHS. She said “You are wonderful ambassadors for the Trust - you touch patients in the most wonderful and positive way.”

The benefits of therapies was illustrated by Sue Faulkner, a patient who spoke movingly about her experience of working with our therapy teams since having a stroke in July this year. Prior to her stroke, Sue was fit and well and lived independently. She has only returned home in September following a 9 week period of rehabilitation on Chaucer ward. She continues to progress with support from the early supported discharge team. Sue said, “I want to thank all the therapists who have helped me regain some of my mobility and speech, I am eternally grateful to you all.”

Speaking after the event, Julie Callin, Head of Therapies, said: “I’m immensely proud of our therapists and the work they do but also their commitment to the highest quality patient care and research. Today recognises their achievements and celebrates our team of therapists within the Trust and the wider community.”

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