Meet Divina: Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor

As part of our NHS 70 celebrations this week we will be proudly sharing a staff story each day to showcase our exceptional colleagues and the lifetime of care we offer!

For Day 5 we are introducing you to Divina Davidson. She is an Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor based in the West 1 Neighbourhood Team – Armley and Pudsey.

Divina Davidson1) Who do you care for?

I see a range of patients aged 16 + who often have a number of health and social care needs and require therapeutic intervention to maximise their independence. This may be due to a hospital stay or a change in their health needs.

2) Describe what you do.

I work with people in their own homes on the goals that matter to them. Often these goals are about activities they want, or need to do, to help them get their independence back.

I could be working with someone in the kitchen and helping them to prepare their own meals or similar with personal care and bathing. There is also mobility practice to help patients engage with social activities again, like day centres or other social groups.

Sometimes patients need support to build confidence, or learn to do things in a different way. Sometimes equipment is needed to help give them independence or to ensure safety and I help with that too.

3) How long have you worked for the NHS?

19 years! I have been here for nine years and then prior to that when I moved to Leeds I was a Communications Administrator, then I was an Executive Assistant and then I was a Business Administrator.

4) What do you enjoy most about working for the NHS.

I like making a difference to people from all walks of life. I like that the NHS doesn’t pick and choose who they help. You don’t have to have money, you could be from any social class, whatever - it’s about the care that is provided for everybody. That’s what I like to a be a part of.

5) Describe your proudest moment.

I don’t have one in particular. It might seem silly but I’m proud of the smaller things. When a patient has a goal - it could be as simple as being able to step into a bath again - we are able to work with them on a daily and weekly basis to get there. The smile they have on their face when they can actually say: ‘I can do it now, I can actually do it by myself’ – they’re my proudest moments.