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Gillian Walker

Gillian Walker, an Occupational Therapist at Northern Ireland Hospice, Belfast, won the first Cosyfeet OT Award in 2017. The £1000 award helped her fund a pioneering project to increase falls awareness among Day Hospice patients, and among staff, volunteers and families who assist them.

The award money was used by the OT team to create and promote interactive sessions of benefit to day patients with life limiting conditions such as cancer, COPD and MND, many of whom were at great and increasing risk of falls. Such patients are often referred to Day Hospice having received no falls prevention education.

The sessions covered key areas including home safety, foot care, footwear, safe mobilisation, eye sight, equipment and adaptations within the home, how to get up from a fall, exercise and community services. An information pack was also provided to consolidate learning and to facilitate sharing of information with family and carers.

A full report on this project will be available here soon.


NI Hospice OTs (left to right) Patricia Hutchinson, Gillian Walker & Anne Adams

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