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  Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy department provide services in three broad areas of the profession
1. Paediatric: Children with cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, down syndrome e.t.c.
2. Psychiatric: Adult with mental health problems such as depression, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder e.t.c.
3. Physical dysfunction: spinal cord injured patients, head injured patients, stroke, amputees e.t.c

service objectives

Objectives and goals.
To provide a holistic rehabilitation services that will enhance functional independence in all the patients/clients in the hospital.

1. To obtain information through unobtrusive observation with self care. work/productivity and recreational stimulated activities
2. To provide treatment through purposefully selected activities which help prevent or reduce disability in the performance areas [activity of daily living. Work/productivity and recreational activities]
3. To offer opportunity for the rehabilitation of patients thereby enhancing the independent functioning in the pre-morbid performance within the limit of the disability
4. To help in eliminating barriers to independent functioning through home evaluation and structural adaptation
5. To aid the patients recovery, maintenance of residual function and providing splints and other rehabilitation aids (crushes, standing frames, special seats e.t.c.) to over come difficulties in performance
6. To offer concentrated activities for the development of musculoskeletal function in children (milestone facilitation)
7. To help overcome fear [phobias] through performance desensitization
8. To enhance normal development in children despite physical, emotional or intellectual handicap
9. Offering pre-vocational exploration and advising on the right vocation or a new form of livelihood when the former occupation has been challenge by a disease or injury
10. To increase patients’ and relatives’ understanding of the problem and through stimulation of social recreational and work activities enhance the integration of patients into the society
11. To provide printing services to the hospital.

Therapeutic unit in the department.

1. paediatric unit

i Milestone facilitation room.
ii Sensory integration room.

2. Psychiatric Unit

i Carpentry room.
ii Printing room.
iii Thematic room.
iv Psychosocial group room.
v Industrial rehabilitation room.
vi Living/ADL room..

3. Physical Dysfunction Unit.

i Activity room.
ii ADL simulated room.
iii Sensory integration room..

Working Days & Hours:

Monday to Friday (8:00am to 4:00pm)

Ongoing Research:


Other Information:

About the Profession.

Vision Statement
To be the foremost client-centered Occupational therapy facility in Africa with proficient professionals committed to evidence -based -practice.
Mission Statement:
To provide standard and efficient service delivery through consistent research, Teaching, advocacy and best practice in enhancing a holistic rehabilitation

Occupational therapy is a specialized profession and an integral part of medical services. It involves the assessment, treatment and/or rehabilitation of patients both on in-patient and outpatient basis .Since the inception in UBTH, the department has been playing a vital role in the over all service delivery of the hospital to all her categories of patients

Areas covered by occupational therapy include three main domains they are:
1. Work / productivity activities
2. Leisure / play activities
3. Self care / activities of daily living (ADL)

History of Occupational Therapy Department.

The Occupational therapy department UBTH, started operations in 1981. The establishment was necessitated by the dire need of the psychiatric patients to have a more holistic rehabilitation. The department was first headed by Mr. Guobadia who provided the services with the assistance of other aids. As years went by, other areas of O.T services were extended to other categories of patients such as pediatric & Medico – surgical cases especially under the headship of Mrs. G. Edegar, in the late 80s till 2006. On taking over of the technical headship of the department by Mr. Eleyinde S. Tayo in 2006, the department witnessed further growth especially in the area of O.T students’ clinical posting, Neurological / surgical condition rehabilitation services, Pediatrics, mental health and fabrication of Assistive devices (both on in/out patients basis). The headship of Mrs Victoria Amu (2008-2009) also added impetus to our service delivery. Meanwhile the department was as well headed by Psychiatrists – such as Dr. Uku R.G.A, Dr. K.O Akhigbe, Dr E. Uwadie in between these periods in the absence of full- fledge Occupational Therapists. and their impact is commendable as well.
The department which is now being headed by Mr. Eleyinde S. Tayo, has continued to under go transformation in every areas of service delivery, with the assistance of other 6 Occupational Therapy Technicians.
. Functions /Duties of the Department
Occupational therapy services are broadly categorized into clinical and non-clinical (but essential services) areas. The clinical areas includes: pediatrics unit, neurological rehabilitation unit, psychiatric, burns, and orthopedics. The non-clinical areas includes; printing unit, tailoring unit, shoemaking unit, splinting and assistive devices unit which also serve rehabilitative purposes
(a) Clinical Areas
- Daily treatment sessions for Paediatric patients
- Daily treatment session for Neurosurgical ward patients
- Assessment and Treatment planning for Paediatric, Mental health and Neurological Burns, Orthopaedic patients.
- Daily work habit training/ vocational Rehabilitation
- Therapeutic groups for psychiatric patients.
- Periodic clinical orientation /lecture of medical students on Community Health posting.
- Supervision of clinical posting, for occupational therapy students
- Out-patient clinical sessions for Adult physical/surgical patients
- Clinical Ward rounds
- Clinical meeting and presentations
- Pre-vocational Exploration and pre-discharge assessment
- Fabrication of Assistive Devices.
- Provision of pressure garment and compression Therapy
(b) Non-Clinical Areas
Printing Unit
- Rehabilitation of patients
- Production of hospital stationeries
- Production of UBTH Group of schools stationery
Carpentry Section
- Fabrication of Assistive aids (walking sticks, C.P chairs standing box etc)
- Supporting the maintenance of furniture, intra and inter departmentally
- Patients’ rehabilitation
iii. Number of patients seen/number of sessions.
In the year under review about 2096 and 1350 sessions were held, for Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Neuro-surgical ward patients respectively.

iv. Types of clinic and clinic days
The department operates out and in-patient Clinic from Monday to Friday.
i. Staff strength
19 (seven occupational therapy practitioners, two carpenters, six printing staff and six admin staff)
ii. Effort at Staff development
The periodic case presentation, Clinical discussion and staff meetings in the department afford the professionals the opportunity to develop professionally.
6. Achievements and Breakthrough
In the year under review, the numbers of patients have increased more than 100%. Besides the routine intervention to pediatric and mental health patients, the department has been able to reinstate.
- OT services to neurosurgical patients which was not so in the previous year.
- The clinical posting of the F.S.O.T students which was stopped in 2009.
- Increase in the number of clinical affiliation students from Obafemi Awolowo University students.
- Also there is more than 100% increase in the number of assistive aids fabricated in the Carpentry section
- The work in the printing unit as well is increased due to the overall expansion in the hospital services.
There is also Over 300% increase in the revenue generation of the department.

H.O.D: Mr. Eleyinde Sunday Tayo
Tel:+234 8089675731, 08100104018



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