Occupational therapy students receive vital care equipment training from mobility company
Sheffield Hallam University occupational therapy students have recently received some free training on the latest care equipment available from Yorkshire Care Equipment, in an effort to prepare them for their healthcare futures beyond graduation.
Occupational therapists (OTs) work with people who are living with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, and/or mental health issues. Occupational therapy is the practice of enabling someone to recover and maintain their independence and a good quality of life.
With OTs requiring up-to-date knowledge on care equipment and how it can benefit their clients, free training is invaluable for students.
Four different healthcare equipment suppliers took part to train students on their items so that they could understand how each piece worked and could improve the client’s quality of life.
Steve Ellis, Raizer Specialist at Yorkshire Care Equipment, delivered training at the event: “Working with the students was incredibly rewarding because you’re getting to meet the next generation of occupational therapists (OTs) who are going to go on and shape the NHS!
“One of the big things facing OTs today is how to help their clients who are prone to falls. So we trained the students on the Raizer which helps people get back to their feet after a tumble.
“The students were particularly keen on it and tested it out on each to really get their heads around it how it will help their future clients.”
The Yorkshire Care team also visited Teesside University last year to educate students on the latest practices in moving and handling patients.
Yorkshire Care’s managing director, Tristan Hulbert, added: “We love providing this kind of training to students because we see how it benefits both them (as future professionals) and their clients.
“Care equipment changes and evolves so rapidly, so being able to get your hands on the latest items gives you the edge you might need to help improve your client’s quality of life most efficiently.”