I am fortunate enough to be an occupational therapist specialising in Rheumatology, and what a joy it is to do my job. As an OT in rheumatology I have the scope to use all my clinical skills and to truly embrace a person centred approach.
Our work can include functional assessment, hand therapy, work and vocational rehabilitation, fatigue and self- management, joint protection advice, splinting and provision of hand orthotosese.
We have specialist OTs working throughout Scotland; from the Scottish Borders to the Highlands and Islands and we work across different sites in a variety of ways. Like me, there are many lone therapists working in small hospitals but also there are large OT teams working in specialist rheumatology units, and everything in between.
We believe it is vital that, regardless of where we work or with whom, that our practice is up to date, valid and of a high quality and that we are involved in research and development of evidence based practice We do this in a number of ways, such as through the Royal Collage of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) specialist section, development of clinical competencies, regular webinars, and latterly, as a result of the Covid pandemic, a hugely popular WhatsApp group.
The group has been invaluable in connecting the profession at a national level and provides a forum to ask clinical questions, share good practice, inform others of upcoming training opportunities and, hugely important in the middle of a pandemic, to support each other.
The Rheumatology OT WhatsApp group has been so successful it is likely to continue, regardless of the status of the pandemic.
I will endeavour to keep adding to this micro-site as information likely to be of interest comes up.
Nicki Gray Specialist Rheumatology Occupational Therapist