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Health care professionals with seen and unseen impairments

Lynsey McLean

Lynsey McClean, Occupational Therapist from the Oncology Orthopaedic Team (pictured), is looking to raise awareness of the benefits - and dispel the myths - around employing health care professionals with seen and unseen impairments:

"As part of my MSc in Occupational Therapy, I conducted my own research entitled ‘Occupational Therapy practitioners’ views and perspectives of occupational therapy employees with seen and unseen disabilities'.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapy bestowed the ‘International Travel Award’ to me for this research. This in turn enabled me to present on my research at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) conference in Philadelphia, PA. I was able to learn about barriers and enablers OTs with impairments and disabilities currently have in the US, whilst attending Network of Occupational Therapy Practitioners with Disabilities and their supports (NOTPD) where I met some inspirational OTs who are conducting similar research.

Due to the positive reaction to my research, there is now a plan in place to submit a joint abstract to the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) conference 2018 and to jointly run a seminar on the US and UK experiences of occupational therapists with disabilities.

An Open Evening Forum will be held at the RNOH on Thursday 6 July from 6:30pm on ‘Raising awareness of the benefits and dispelling myths around employing health care professionals with seen and unseen impairments’. If any health care professionals with a seen or unseen impairment, disability or difficulty (this includes hearing impairment, arthritis, vision impairment, fatigue, mental health issues, dyslexia etc.) would like to participate at the event and talk about their experiences (good and bad) at the RNOH or other Trusts, contact me on lynsey.mcclean@rnoh.nhs.uk.

Should you be interested in attending the Open Evening Forum, it is a ticketed free event with tickets available on Eventbrite:

Raising awareness of the benefits & dispelling myths around employing HCPs. Food will be provided on the night.

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