A view from Oak Lodge: an Occupational Therapist’s blog

A view from Oak Lodge: an Occupational Therapist’s blog

Rosie Longshaw has worked at our CQC Outstanding-rated Oak Lodge independent hospital in Bolton for nearly a year. Before that she worked at a low secure unit for three years – after qualifying as an occupational therapist (OT). Here she reflects on her year at Oak Lodge.

“As an OT I am passionate about providing opportunities for people to engage in a range of meaningful activities which support their mental and physical health. I want everyone at Oak Lodge to increase their independence and build a life for themselves outside of hospital which is purposeful and meaningful to them.

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Outcome diaries prove a big hit with service users

Outcome diaries prove a big hit with service users

What do visiting a cinema, a trip to Cadbury’s World, a weekly shop, making a curry or watching Manchester City play have in common? They have all been the subject of service user’s personal stories with pictures that are helping to transform and record their lives.

St Ann’s House Support Worker Gary Taylor who produces the ‘outcomes’ or diary stories explained:

“I came up with the idea of writing these narratives of key moments in our service user lives when I worked for a local council so when I moved to AFG at St Ann’s House I suggested doing a similar thing.”

Now, Gary has produced nearly 100 of these outcome records for residents of St Ann’s, a transition service for young people developed to assist as a pathway to independent living.

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New service already making a positive difference

New service already making a positive difference

AFG’s new supported independent living service within the community at Retford Road, Kirkby, has got off to a positive start – thanks to careful planning and highly skilled staff able to deal with the complex physical and mental health needs of its residents.

The service is providing support to a group of people who have limited experiences of community support services having come from family homes or long stay residential placements. Everyone has had an occupational therapy assessment with each bungalow adapted to suit their needs.

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A moving Mobee Gambia tribute to Neil Campbell

A moving Mobee Gambia tribute to Neil Campbell

A celebration has been held by Mobee Gambia to mark the life and contribution made by former Alternative Futures Group CEO Neil Campbell to Mobee. He sadly died last September.

Mobee Gambia was a long-held passion of Neil’s and so it was fitting that his wife Debbie and daughter Louise should attend a celebration of his life in the Gambia. Neil had wished to share his passion for the project for some time with his family.

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