October is Occupational Therapy Month!
For Jeanette, Regional Practice Leader for Occupational Therapy, this month is valuable to raise awareness about occupational therapy and recognize the occupational therapists (OTs) who work across Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).
OTs contribute to the health and well-being of clients in so many ways. They are trained to look at the physical and psychosocial factors that affect the function and help solve problems that interfere with a person's ability to do the things that are important to them.
In Jeanette's role, she supports occupational therapy practice across VCH, including acute, community, rehabilitation, long-term care and primary care.
“As a practice leader, I ensure OT practice is standardized, evidence-based and adheres to legislative and regulatory standards. I also promote access to safe and effective OT services with the support of the regional professional practice team and in collaboration with operational partners," she explains.
What's Jeanette's favourite part of her role? Connecting with the OTs and rehabilitation assistants to help navigate a practice change or support their professional development, she says. “This reinforces why I chose this leadership role."
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all health care workers and OTs have worked together within evolving infection prevention and control (IPAC) guidelines while embracing virtual care opportunities. Jeanette explains that OTs across the organization have persevered with resiliency and have shown care for their clients and each other.
“I am so grateful for OTs agility and compassion in response to two significant crises, COVID-19 and a poisoned drug supply. These have created significant pressures within a much-taxed health system and OTs have worked alongside their teams to meet new and changing demands," says Jeanette.