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Alison Hargreaves

Alison-HargreavesNeighbourhood Clinical Practitioner (Occupational Therapist)

Armley and Pudsey Neighbourhood Team

What’s your role?

I work clinically as a senior member of the team. I have my own Occupational Therapy caseload, and work mostly with complex patients. I complete Occupational Therapy assessments and regularly assess new patients referred into Neighbourhood Teams. I use my health coaching skills on a daily basis. One day a week I work at Richmond House on the Community Integrated Care beds. This has given me a better understanding of patients’ transition back into the neighbourhoods.

What’s the best part of your role?
Working with patients in the community is the best part, and the variety. I have enjoyed working through the development of an NT from the beginning. There’s still a lot to do with the Therapy model but I look forward to helping to progress this soon.

What do you find most challenging?
The process for patients who had an Intermediate Care Team is quite different now. But, it’s all about letting go of old ways of working and embracing change. We’re definitely getting there. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s certainly improving.

Developing into my role and the change to Electronic Patient Records (EPR) has also been difficult at times.

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