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Richardson Eating Disorder Service – Occupational Therapy

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  • What is Occupational Therapy?

    Our lives are comprised of hundreds of activities that occupy our waking hours. These "occupations" have a great impact on how we feel physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. They can provide a sense of satisfaction and well-being, or they can create stress, imbalance, and unhappiness.

    Occupational therapy helps to solve the problems that interfere with your ability to do the things that are important to you. It can also look at how problems arise and help prevent or minimize their effects.

    When an injury, illness, disability or other problem limits your ability to:
    • Take care of and look after yourself,
    • Participate in paid or unpaid work,
    • Continue with your education, or;
    • Balance the time you spend on yourself, e.g. hobbies, sports, spending time with family,then you may want to learn some new skills for the job of living from an occupational therapist.

  • What are the aims?

    • Develop your confidence and motivation to have interests and be able to maintain what you believe are useful every day activities.
    • Enable you to establish routines and coping strategies which help you take responsibility and be able to create a balance in life.
    • Help you to develop mobility, strength and co-ordination required to carry out activities of daily living safely and independently and to be able to pace yourself efficiently.
    • Offer the opportunity to experience life in a variety of environments that are important to you, with access to resources and support to help you remain independent.
    • Explore roles and activities that might help you enjoy life more and create a balance between work, leisure and self-care.

  • What do you do?

    Once you have discussed and agreed with your Occupational Therapist what life skills you might need to develop you may be offered:
    • Food management
    • Anxiety management/relaxation
    • Assertiveness/self awareness
    • Expressive arts
    • Eat Well ‘n’ Feel Well
    • Work/leisure/community activities
    • Activity management
    • Goal setting/problem solving
    • Life balance

  • What if I have a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint about the service?

    If you want to make a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint you can:
    • talk to the people directly involved in your care
    • ask a member of staff for a feedback form, or complete a form on the Trust website (click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab)
    • telephone the Complaints Department 0191 245 6672
    • email Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk
    • We are always looking at ways to improve services. Your feedback allows us to monitor the quality of our services and act upon issues that you bring to our attention.
    You can provide feedback in the following ways:
    - the quickest way for you to do this is to complete our short online survey at
    - complete a Points of You survey, available from staff.

  • Contact details

    Richardson Eating Disorder Service
    Richardson Unit
    Leazes Wing
    Royal Victoria Infirmary
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 4LP
    Tel: 0191 282 5724

    Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk.

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    2019 Copyright, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
    Ref, PIC/355/0119 January 2019 V5 Tel: 0191 246 7288
    Review date 2022