There is a need for more occupational therapists (OTs) to be in the public and private system.
Speaking to The Barbados Advocate on the sidelines of the 14th Biennial conference of the Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists, President of the Barbados Occupational Therapy Association, Melanie Buge stressed that there was a need for more OTs in the medical system.
“Just to put things into perspective, I am the only OT working on the short rehabilitation unit and I am contracted to work for 12 hours per week to service the inpatients at the QEH,” she said.
She highlighted that sometimes it was “physically impossible” for her to service so many patients alone, as she also assesses every patient that comes in to the ward, as well as pay home visits.
“There are no OTs in schools either, all of my colleagues that practice in paediatrics practice privately and if the family does not have the resources to get to these therapists then children are lost in the system,” she said.