Clare Hutchinson, one of our Community Occupational Therapists, was this year’s deserved winner of the Responsible Award in our PROUD Awards 2015.
‘Responsible’ is about being conscious of our impact on the environment, on the economy and on society and embracing opportunities to make a positive impact on our community and Clare has been highlighted as demonstrating these attributes through her valued work.
As part of her role with the Community Occupational Therapy Team, based within Adult Services, Clare assesses clients with a range of disabilities, of all ages, for aids and adaptations to maintain their independence within their own homes. Over recent years the role of the team has changed and evolved as more clients are remaining in their own homes for longer, and more are needing moving and handling assessments and more complex adaptations.
Clare takes responsibility for those she cares for and also in supporting her colleagues with solving complex moving and handling problems that, if they weren’t addressed, could have led to a hospital admission or to a client having to take up emergency respite care. Clare has great knowledge of moving and handling which helps her provide excellent care to clients in the community and this advice is essential for the prevention of pressure ulcers, for example. Clare makes herself available to provide the necessary support to colleagues, which enables clients to continue to remain living safely at home. She does this on top of her own day-to-day role as a Community Occupational Therapist (OT) and this makes a great deal of difference to the team and clients.
Sarah Jackson, Occupational Therapy Specialist Practitioner, nominated Clare for her ‘Responsible’ award. To Clare, she said: “Congratulations on winning this award, it is really well deserved. I have learnt loads from you in the last few years about moving and handling and the team as a whole really appreciate the support you have given us, particularly in complex moving and handling situations.
“We always try to prevent clients from getting admitted to hospital or emergency respite and to keep them at home, safe and sound. You do a really good job in supporting us to achieve this. Well done!”
Clare said: “I am very proud to be part of the Community Occupational Therapy Team. When faced with changes and challenges within the service, we work closely to adapt to these changes and maintain a high standard of work for our clients.
“I could not believe I had been nominated for an award, however I was very touched on hearing Sarah’s explanation of why she had nominated me. Being a responsible practitioner goes without saying. This is part of what makes you who you are and how you relate to your colleagues and clients. It is part of providing a good service.”
Clare’s commitment and support for moving and handling has now secured her a secondment with the Moving and Handling Team at the Trust and we wish her all the best as she moves into her new role! #TRFTProud