Last week saw the annual Health and Wellbeing at work conference held at the NEC. The conference is aimed at people working within the vocational sphere of returning vulnerable people to work, fitness to work and absence management.
Now OT’s are key in this area of work but we were very sparse at the event…both as exhibitors and delegates!!
I was supporting Access Independent on their stand, aiming to increase the profile of OT within this area and guess what…we were the only exhibitor that had an OT focus!!
OT’s that were at the conference were pleased to see an OT presence but we were all surprised to see the profession was not pushing forward our skills in this area.
The stands that were there were promoting their business as……activity breakdown, grading activity, supporting work practices……..err don’t we do all that??
The term Occupational Therapist seemed to get very muddled with Occupational Health advisor and many visitors to our stand did not often see the value of OT at all! I’m sure there are OT’s who are truly valued within their workplaces but it seems we are being lost as a profession as we aren’t pushing our skills as a group.
This is a huge area of growing opportunity and we need to ensure that as a profession we promote our skills in this area to become a valued resource that is seen as key. So let’s stop being shy and get out there, show what we can do and prove that they need us!!