Princess Anne has cut the ribbon on a new OT facility which she praised for its role in driving forward independent living solutions to help disabled people live more fulfilling lives.
Hampshire-based private provider, The OT Practice, hosted the Princess Royal to highlight the work of OT’s in the independent sector.
Nikki Thompson, executive director, who accompanied Princess Anne throughout the visit, said: “It is a fantastic opportunity to elevate the profile of our profession and the diversity of career opportunities open for occupational therapists in the independent sector.
“We are the first independent OT practice that has been afforded the honour of a visit from the Princess Royal, the Patron of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and are extremely proud to have been chosen.”
With the theme of entrepreneurialism as the focus of the visit, Princess Anne was met by representatives from The OT Practice’s therapy team, many of whom have had extensive backgrounds in statutory services before moving to work privately with The OT Practice.
She also met a range of commissioners who procure OT services via The OT Practice including representatives from military charities, The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and The Royal British Legion.
Local authority and NHS Trust commissioners explained the importance of collaboration between the statutory and independent sectors by showcasing waiting list reduction projects between themselves and The OT Practice.
From the case management community Chris Bartlett, communications director of CMSUK explained the relationship between case management and occupational therapy.