Occupational Therapy Service To Be Piloted

The Council is to pilot an occupational therapy service for young people.

There has been criticism that demand for the service has not been met on the islands by the local Primary Care Trust.

In a public meeting in July, Tracey Smith who helps run the Islands’ Parent Carer group, highlighted the gap in occupational therapy for children, saying she’d been waiting five years for treatment for her son and she didn’t want anyone else to have to go through that.

The £10,000 cost of the one-year pilot will now be met by Children’s Services and will be funded from underspends in their budget.

As this is a specialist area, a therapist has already been identified with the necessary qualifications and expertise.

Occupational therapists assist children with physical and psychiatric conditions to build skills, enable them to participate in everyday life.


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