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Occupational Therapy

This page was last updated: January 27th, 2023

The occupational therapy service helps patients develop, recover and maintain the functional skills needed in their daily life and work.
Our aim is to help our patients lead full and satisfying lives as independently as possible. Our team play an important role in helping patients prepare to leave hospital and return home. We also run an outpatient service and limited specialist paediatric services at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Occupational therapists carry out assessments and rehabilitation to help our patients with activities such as:

  • Washing and dressing
  • Getting into and out of furniture
  • Kitchen activities (cooking, cleaning etc)
  • Feeding
  • Mobility while carrying out functional activities

We may also identify equipment that allows a patient to be safe and as independent as possible at home.

Referrals to Occupational Therapy

Your consultant or GP can refer you to our service.

Splinting and Bracing Team at the Royal Cornwall Hospital

For referrals to the Occupational Therapy Splinting and Bracing Team, please use the Outpatient Splinting and Bracing Referral form (Link will download a Word Document).

Professional Careers in Occupational Therapy

To find out more about a professional career in occupational therapy, please visit the Royal College of Occupational Therapists website.

We now offer an apprenticeship pathway for our therapy professions.

All qualified therapy and dietetic staff are required to be registered members of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) who are responsible for regulating us. You can find out more about registration on the HCPC website.

Work Experience in the Occupational Therapy Department

If you are interested in work experience within the occupational therapy department, you can find out more on Get In Cornwall.

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