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Cosyfeet OT Award 2020

Could you win the £1000 Cosyfeet OT Award?

The Cosyfeet Occupational Therapy Award 2020 is now open for entries. This £1000 award will be presented to an OT student or qualified OT planning a special project that will develop their professional knowledge and skills while benefitting others.

Applications are invited for projects including voluntary work, placements, research or other initiatives. The winning entry will demonstrate how the entrant’s chosen project is of value to their clients whilst advancing their own professional development. This award is designed to assist with costs associated with the applicant’s selected project, which could include expenses for equipment, travel or living. Projects may take place in the UK or abroad.

Details of the previous winners and their projects can be found below.

If you would like to apply for the award please complete our application form. The closing date to apply for the award is 24th April 2020.


Cosyfeet OT Award 2019

2019 Winner - Ann Drea

Ann Drea, a band 6 locum occupational therapist working for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) in a Pilot Front of House (FOH) team, is the proud winner of the Cosyfeet OT Award 2019. Her £1000 award money will be used to purchase assessment equipment to facilitate a safe and speedy return home for clients referred by Hinchingbrooke Hospital’s A&E Department and Acute Assessment Unit. The goal of the FOH team, led up by Nicola Tatham, is admission avoidance, whereby clients are enabled to return home with all necessary support swiftly actioned.

The FOH is a pilot service with a special interest in frailty, forming part of the Intermediate Care Tier of CPFT, which instigated the service at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. The team works with a multidisciplinary approach across A&E and AAU to assess therapy and discharge needs and make necessary arrangements.

The majority of persons assessed are elderly falls patients who require equipment such as mobility aids, toileting and/or bed equipment to facilitate a smooth and safe transition from hospital to home. The award money will pay for a stock of these aids to remain with FOH, to be used to 1) help assess client needs and 2) help inform caregivers.

“In January to March this year, FOH received 401 referrals, resulting in 143 safer discharges and 116 instances of admission avoidance,” says Ann. “Having a stock of assessment equipment for clients to try out with instruction will help us work more effectively. We can more readily involve clients and their support network in their safe return to self-management.”

The Cosyfeet OT Award assists OTs and OT students to develop their professional knowledge and skills while benefitting others. The award is open to those who are planning voluntary work, a work placement, a client-focused project or research, whether in the UK or abroad.

“We’re delighted to support the dynamic Front of House team at Hinchingbrooke Hospital,” says Cosyfeet Managing Director, Andrew Peirce. “The supply of dedicated assessment equipment for the team means that assessments can be carried out faster, helping people to return home as quickly and safely as possible, and keeping hospital beds available for unavoidable admissions.”


Previous Winners

2018 Award Winner


2017 Award Winner


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