Occupational Therapy

OT - AppliancesOccupational Therapy is the assessment, treatment and evaluation of an individual’s needs, for the purpose of enabling the person to achieve their maximum level of function and independence in all aspect of life. The Occupational Therapist aims to restore and enhance function, maximise the skills, which are essential for daily living and also promote and maintain health.

Everyone coming into contact with the Occupational Therapy Service will be treated with consideration and respect.

Each patient will be assessed and treated by a qualified Occupational Therapist with the appropriate expertise and experience to meet the needs of the individual. The experience and expertise will be based upon recognised models of practise, which are research based and on current treatment trends.

The emphasis of Occupational therapy is to enable patients to be as independent as possible physically, psychologically and socially. The special skills and expertise of the Occupational Therapist are employed to maintain, regain or achieve the individual’s maximum potential.

The staff work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, dedicated to improve the quality of life for individuals and those who care for them.  A named Occupational Therapist is responsible for each individual’s therapeutic programme; however, some parts may be carried out by other members of staff, under the guidance and instruction of the named Occupational Therapist.

The problems and needs of the individual are carefully assessed taking into account their physical, emotional and social requirements.  The Occupational Therapist will involve the individual in planning a realistic therapeutic programme, when their needs will also be taken into consideration.


Range of Services

  • Problem identification using observation, assessment and evaluation procedures.
  • Activities of daily living assessment.
  • Home assessment.
  • Hand assessment.
  • Splinting
  • Wheelchair assessment.
  • Advice and education for both patients and carers.
  • Recommendation and provision of appropriate equipment and adaptations.
  • Individual treatment programmes.
  • Group treatment programmes.
  • Assessment, advice and information, treatment, reviews and reports for children referred to the department.
  • Discharge planning.


The Occupational Therapy service is provided to the following specialities:

  • Care of the Elderly/Cardiology
  • Medicine & Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rheumatology
  • Trauma & Orthopaedics
  • Paediatrics
  • Community Liaison Occupational Therapy and 24/7



Main Occupational Therapy Department is based in Chester Wing at Sunderland Royal Hospital. 

Paediatric Occupational Therapists  assess patients at the Children’s Centre, Durham Road, Sunderland.

There is also an element of community work, which services cardiology, rheumatology, neurology conditions and GP referrals.



Clinical Director Therapy Services
Mary Spearman – 0191 565 6256 ext 42611

Clinical Occupational Therapy Manager
Jill Graham – 0191 565 6256

Occupational Therapy Reception – 0191 565 6256 ext 42412 / 42114