Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - HUP

Trip Start Nov 03, 2012
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Trip End Dec 21, 2012


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I had a fantastic second day at HUP. They are such a great team of therapists! Very rehabilitation focused; as we should be; our unique selling point as Occupational Therapists (OT) and Physiotherapists / Physical Therapists (PT) is complex rehabilitation. We should be using our skills to improve people's function rather than often relying on adaptations and equipment provision. These don't assist in the rehabilitation process they just result on reliance and dependence. I know in many cases we need to use equipment but it feels as though we, as OTs at times have become solely equipment providers and this does not showcase the fact that we are highly skilled rehabilitionists! HUP has really supported my argument that we need to be doing rehabilitation at the earliest possible time and continue this to keep people independent and prevent hospital admissions. It's a big ask but the rehabilitation infrastructure in the UK needs a real overhaul, there are very limited options for people who can't manage at home and need further intense inpatient rehabilitation (unless they also have a brain injury). Especially those of working age and these are the people that are statistically more likely to succumb to major trauma. This means they are unable to work, support their families and contribute to wider society. The past couple of days have given me a lot to think about and I am so so greatful to those at HUP for their willingness and support with my visit and project. They are the kind of people that you can't help but love! They are funny, kind, cheerful and professional, their patients and colleagues are very lucky!

Therapy Thanksgiving at HUP was fantastic as you can see from the pictures there was so much food! The deep fried turkey was awesome! Thanks for a great first Thanksgiving, I'm looking forward to the next on Thursday. Laura and I are planning a Scholars Thanksgiving next November so we are getting lots of tips!
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