Occupational Therapist

Name: Razina Patel

Job title: Occupational Therapist

Age: 25

Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Why did you decide to become an AHP? I decided to become an AHP after completing work experience abroad with children from underprivileged backgrounds. This experience highlighted the rewarding and fulfilling roles available as an AHP, particularly Occupational Therapy, which facilitates recovery and improves quality-of-life through function.  I chose to specialise as a Community Occupational Therapist as it provides a holistic approach to treatment and management, addressing physical, psychological and social factors.

How did you train for your role? I completed my A-levels and then went onto study Occupational Therapy at The University of Huddersfield

Length of time in role: Four years

Length of time at BTHFT: 18 months

What do you do? As a Community Occupational Therapist, I treat patients with long-term health conditions who most often have complex co-morbidities in the city of Bradford. My role involves assessing patients in their own environment to enable independence within daily living. This includes assessing functional tasks, completing transfer assessments, and providing aids and adaptations to promote rehabilitation. Therapy input focuses on identifying and setting individualised goals to allow patients to achieve their potential. Treating patients with complex health conditions involves educating family members and encouraging self-management to prevent hospital admissions and deconditioning.

Occupational Therapist Razina Patel
Occupational Therapist Razina Patel

What do you enjoy most about your job? The most enjoyable part of my job is working collaboratively within an MDT (multi-disciplinary team) setting. This holistic approach is fundamental to promote rehabilitation and support vulnerable patients to reduce risk in the long term.

What professional achievement are you most proud of? We recently reduced waiting list times from four months to seeing a patient within two weeks. This was achieved by working closely with physiotherapy staff to triage regularly and offering patients an appointment at time of triage. This has been an achievement as it prevents deconditioning and patients are seen earlier in the referral process.

Which other teams do you work with? I also work with the Living with Pain Team.

What are your future career plans? I would like to stay with the Trust and explore further opportunities available in the organisation.