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Rheumatology Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy can help people live a more independent and productive lifestyle. An occupational therapist will assist you to increase your level of independence through meaningful activities, helping you to adapt to your condition.

We will do this in a number of ways, including:

  • assessment of function:
    • daily personal activities such as getting washed, dressing, going to the toilet and feeding
    • daily domestic activities such as housework, shopping and kitchen activities
    • leisure and work-related activities
  • education on your condition, joint protection and energy conservation
  • exploring coping skills within your environment

To be assessed by an occupational therapist, a member of the Rheumatology team will initially need to refer you.

The following services are available:

  • hand assessment, hand exercises and splinting
  • informal psychological support
  • referrals to other agencies (e.g. the Wheelchair Service)
  • education regarding resources and facilities available to assist in achieving and maintaining your independence



Last reviewed: 17 April 2023