HRH The Princess Royal visits Cygnet Hospital Beckton

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Cygnet Hospital Beckton was honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to the hospital in a visit designed to highlight the important role occupational therapy plays in supporting health, well-being and life-satisfaction for people who use the service.

The East London-based hospital welcomed HRH The Princess Royal as Patron of The College of Occupational Therapists, along with distinguished guests from the local community. The hospital is one of more than 20 services operated by Cygnet Health Care across the UK. Cygnet Hospital Beckton offers specialist services for women with complex mental health needs.

The Princess Royal being introduced to Debra K Osteen, President Behavioral Division, UHS
The Princess Royal being introduced to Debra K Osteen, President Behavioral Division, UHS

During her visit The Princess Royal met with members of Cygnet’s Occupational Therapy and wider multi-disciplinary team as well as people who use the services provided at the hospital and their families and carers.

Her Royal Highness visited the hospital’s Recovery Academy as well as viewing displays on patient empowerment, involving carers, promoting education and vocational opportunities. She also enjoyed a presentation by service users on how they view and describe occupational therapy.

Activities Co-ordinator Mowshomi Begum demonstrating some of the work being carried out by the hospital
Activities Co-ordinator Mowshomi Begum demonstrating some of the work being carried out by the hospital

Her visit also included demonstrations by occupational therapists on interventions and activities available at the hospital to support people’s recovery including smoking cessation and sports instruction.

HRH The Princess Royal addressing staff and guests
HRH The Princess Royal addressing staff and guests

In her address, HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of the College of Occupational Therapists, told visitors at Cygnet Hospital Beckton that the role occupational therapists play in preparing people for recovery and returning to their communities was a vital one. “It is always a pleasure to see where occupational therapists are working in preparing people for their lives outside of hospital, improving their confidence and maintaining that confidence. That support can influence where they go in their lives.”

“Occupational therapists should feel a real sense of achievement for their role in supporting individuals in finding and engaging with those activities and pursuits – many of which they may not have experienced or taken part in before their time at the hospital – which can influence what they do next and in their lives outside of the hospital environment” she told the hospital’s patients, staff and those joining her for the visit.”

“The occupational therapists at Cygnet Hospital Beckton, are clearly a very important part of the package in the care provided.”HRH The Princess Royal

The role of occupational therapists in supporting carers also had a huge impact, she said. “The occupational therapists at Cygnet Hospital Beckton, understand the impact they can have to make the best possible future for the individual people here is an exceptional one.

“The occupational therapists at Cygnet Hospital Beckton, are clearly a very important part of the package in the care provided”, she added.

The Princess Royal talking to Julia Scott and Dr Patricia McClure of the College of Occupational Therapists
The Princess Royal talking to Julia Scott and Dr Patricia McClure of the College of Occupational Therapists

Cygnet Health Care Chief Operating Officer Nicky McLeod said: “We have been delighted and honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to Cygnet Hospital Beckton. As an organisation we invest in and greatly value the immensely positive contribution occupational therapy makes to those who use our services.”

The event was organised by Jennifer Beal, Head of Occupational Therapy at Cygnet Hospital Beckton. She said: “Occupational therapy at Cygnet Hospital Beckton strives to empower patients on their journey to recovery, to offer meaningful activities to enable people to achieve their hopes and goals and to provide opportunities for change.

“We’ve been honoured to be able to share with The Princess Royal examples of how we work in partnership and collaboratively to make sure meaningful activity is delivered in the least restrictive way.

“We’re proud that our occupational therapy provision here at Cygnet Hospital Beckton ensures practical support to help recovery and overcome barriers that might be stopping people from doing the activities or occupations that matter to them, and we’ve been delighted to share these with our most distinguished guest.”

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