Occupational therapy, or occupational health therapy, is the term used by occupational therapists to refer to the therapeutic treatment of patients in parklands.
It’s usually carried out by licensed healthcare professionals who treat the patient in a parkland setting, but can also be done by a visitor or visitor carer.
A parkland occupational therapist would also refer to a specialist.
The Occupational Health and Safety Agency has guidelines on the use of occupational therapy in parks and can be found here.
It advises that occupational therapy should be carried out within the scope of a patient’s normal health care, and not in the isolation of the parkland environment.
The parkland is a highly regulated environment, meaning it has its own health and safety regulations.
The guidelines also advise parkland health and carers to follow their own health, safety and environmental guidelines.
The Park and Wildlife Service has a comprehensive list of parkland safety guidelines.
A Park and Recreation Authority guidance on the safe use of recreational equipment is also available.
The health and wellbeing of park animals is also important to parkland carers.
These are important to ensure the safety of all visitors and visitors carers, particularly in the event of an emergency.
The advice to parkers is to always carry a safe bag, carry a safety blanket or a safety jacket with you at all times, and never use any tool, including a pickaxe, that can injure wildlife.
The guidance also says: When working in parks, parkcarers are encouraged to be as physically active as possible.
This is especially true in areas where people can be easily spotted, or where there are large crowds.
A well-maintained outdoor space, including grassy areas, can be an ideal place to work.
In areas where you have to work indoors, you should be wearing safety equipment.
If you are in an area where people are not likely to be visible, it is advisable to be aware of their movements and to wear appropriate protective gear such as a mask and a hat.
You should also wear ear protection and a wristwatch if you are wearing a mask.
Park carers should also be aware that many parks have a closed-in, non-smoking area.
These areas can be very hot, and you should wear protective clothing and goggles.
You are not allowed to enter the park if you have any type of medical condition, or if you may be exposed to toxic chemicals.
The rules around the use and disposal of personal protective equipment are also laid down in the Park and Rec website.
The most important things to remember are that park carers are always responsible for their own safety, and that they should never put their own or others’ health at risk.
In the event that an occupational therapist is required to treat a visitor, the occupational therapist will be provided with a safe place to perform the treatment.
A patient’s medical history will be collected, as well as information about the patient and their symptoms and the types of medical treatment that they require.
It is also normal to ask the visitor if they are comfortable using an equipment.
The visitor will be required to provide their own personal medical history, and will be given an appointment with the occupational therapy practitioner.
It will be up to the occupational therapists discretion whether or not the patient will be able to use the equipment that they have provided.
Parkland health carers and park visitors should always wear safety gear including protective gloves, a mask, and a safety-belt when in park.
The occupational therapy guidelines also state that: Parkland carer is the only person who has a responsibility to protect the health and welfare of the visitor.
When caring for a patient who is in the park, you are not the one who is responsible for the health, welfare or safety of the patient.
If a parkcarer sees a problem, such as an illness or injury, they must report the incident to the park service.
The parks health and social care team will be available to provide assistance to parkcare staff if necessary.
If there are concerns about your care of a visitor with an injury or illness, you must always use the best care you can.
This includes checking the patient’s symptoms and taking appropriate steps to minimise any potential adverse effects.
For more information on the health risks associated with parkland, see our Parkland Safety Guide.
Occupational therapists can also provide a referral for a medical condition to a park doctor, or the patient may be referred to a health visitor.
In this situation, a park carer will be referred by park doctor to a Park Health visitor care provider.
The medical conditions referred for can include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, respiratory illness, diabetes and heart failure.
The doctor will make a decision on whether or in what circumstances a visitor can be treated in the visitor’s own home.
The visiting doctor will advise the visitor on the appropriate treatment, and the visitor will then be able, if they wish, to choose the appropriate treatments for themselves or for the visitor