Community Occupational Therapy, Moving & Handling and Sensory Service (COTHS)

This service includes the following three teams:
  • Community Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • Moving and Handling
  • Sensory.

The COTHS services will support service users and carers through the use of equipment and adaptation, with the focus on sustaining and promoting independence and wellbeing.

Community Occupational Therapy Team

The team provides support to people whose health prevents them doing the activities that matter to them.

A care and support assessment will determine the most appropriate support needed which will include a range of options usually around equipment and adaptations.

The team supports people to live as safe as possible within their own homes. 

Moving & Handling service

The moving and handling advisor and specially trained staff work with formal care staff to ensure a person is cared for at home safely.  

Moving and Handling Risk Assessments are created to enable paid staff to have continuity of techniques as at times various staff may visit the person therefore this facilitates continuity of care and a safe system of work.

Following specific policies and procedures, specialist assessments are completed for moving and handling equipment such as hoists/slings/bed systems ahead of a person returning home from a care home for example or when there is a change of circumstance.

The Moving and Handling team encourage all paid staff to maintain their core skills training and essential training requirements of their role through the promotion of reflective practice and recording of evidence within a care plan.  This is essential as a person needs changes and/or deteriorates.

Sensory Impairment team

The sensory team staff work with those who have a:
  • Visual impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Dual sensory
  • Deafblind impairment.

The sensory team completes a specialist sensory assessment of needs to identify any specific areas of support.  A support plan is created to help people at risk from harm or becoming dependent on others due to their sight loss, hearing loss or dual sensory loss.  This may include the issue of basic equipment such as:
  • Grab rails
  • Liquid level indicator
  • Room loop system
They also deliver and evaluate professional rehabilitation interventions for visually impaired people to enhance their skills and confidence to maximise their independence around the home and whilst out in the community through use of a white cane.

The sensory team holds a weekly drop in every Friday morning for advice and support service at Riverside for those whose main communication is British Sign Language to support and assist with formal issues such as ;
  • Finance
  • Legal issues
  • Benefits

More recently additional groups which each run every four weeks have been developed. These are on a rota over a month on a Wednesday afternoon at Riverside.
  • The first Wednesday of the month is a Braille class
  • The second Wednesday of the month is a joint Eye Clinic Liaison support group
  • The third Wednesday of the month is the audio book club group
  • The fourth Wednesday of the month  is an assistive technology group specifically aimed at those with sensory needs to test and explore new technologies and Apps.

All groups are held on the ground floor of Number On Riverside, room G11