Celebrating Occupational Therapy Week

Occupational Therapy Week (5 to 11 November) is an annual celebration of the profession and how it can make a difference to people’s lives.

Occupational therapy provides practical support to help people recover and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities (or occupations) that matter to them.

To show our support for the week, we’re shining a spotlight on some of our occupational therapists and why occupational therapy is so important:

Alis CowardAlis Coward – occupational therapist based at Sale Waterside

“Being an occupational therapist in the NHS has enabled me to work all over the country, in the field mental health and physical health. 

“For the last 12 years or so I have been working in the community with adults who have a neurological condition.

“The job is so varied – from the provision of daily living activity equipment to vocational rehabilitation. Every day is different and I often feel very privileged to work with people in their own home.” 

Sally TownendSally Townend - children’s occupational therapist in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale

“The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of daily living with maximal independence.

“This is the only profession that helps people to do the things they like to do.

“Play is seen as a child’s main occupation and we help children develop skills in areas of self-care, school and social interaction through play.

“Over the years I have been a leader for the profession sharing my knowledge at national and international conferences.

“I love my profession because it enables a child to live life to their full potential.

Lisa McEvoyLisa McEvoy - senior practitioner based in Trafford

“I work for Trafford neuro rehabilitation team. I love working within stroke and rehabilitation as the patients are so varied. We might be looking at posture one day, kitchen tasks the next day, and return to work the next.

“To increase independence in daily living activities we may be assessing and treating cognition, physical ability, vision, praxis, mood or fatigue. It makes each day interesting.”


Celine Donaghey

Celine Donaghey - senior practitioner based at Partington Health Centre

“I feel so lucky to be an occupational therapist, it’s a fabulous holistic profession!

“Working in community rehabilitation is fantastic as we can make a real difference to people’s quality of life by working in people’s homes.”



Sophie Goodwin

Sophie Goodwin – occupational therapist based in Trafford

“I've been qualified for one year and currently work in a rotational post which includes an equipment and adaptations service, community rehabilitation, paediatrics, intermediate care in-patient services and out-patient rehabilitation.

“I am currently in neuro rehabilitation working with patients who have parkinsons disease, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, traumatic brain injury.

“I am moving to a new job in learning disabilities soon. Occupational therapy is interesting as it gives you the opportunity to work with a huge range of different conditions.”

Suzanne YatesSuzanne Yatessenior clinician based at Sale Waterside

“I chose occupational therapy due to the variety of the role and the opportunity to work in both physical and mental health.

“The most rewarding thing is working with people to achieve their goals, whether that is to return to work or maximise their quality of life, when they are living with a life-limiting condition.”


Sally Weaving

Sally Weaving – occupational therapist based at Partington Health Centre

“I studied at Salford University and qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2004. I’ve worked in Trafford my entire career within various teams.

“I currently work in the community rehab team and the most rewarding part of the job is building a rapport with patients and being able to make a difference.”

Louise Cooper


 Louise Cooper - children's occupational therapist based in Rochdale

"As part of the NHS cadet scheme which allowed me to observe various roles, I spent time with the occupational therapists and decided that this was the career I would like to pursue

"I am proud to be making a difference to children who have additional needs to enable them to access and participate in daily activities."