The gift of music

Posted on: 23rd October 2015

Our new OT Becky wins NHS award for outstanding work with a musical patient

We’re pleased to welcome Rebecca Brookes to our occupational therapy team in Sheffield. Becky, a specialist occupational therapist, joins us from the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust.

“Becky is a real catch for the team,” says Denise Slack, occupational therapy manager. “She has years of experience working with adults and children; she’s a fountain of knowledge when it comes to legislation and best practice.”

“She’s really enthusiastic and is going to be working with Melanie Carson, one of our specialist OTs in the North East, to develop a dedicated paediatric OT service.”

Becky finished her job in the NHS on a high note when she received one of their coveted annual Celebrating Success awards. She was awarded the ‘unsung hero’ award, along with her NHS colleague Ryan Newton, for going above and beyond for an elderly patient.

They learned that their patient, who had suffered a stroke, was a musician and orchestra conductor; the stroke had left him unable to play his beloved clarinet. As Rebecca is a musician herself, she was able to include working on the necessary skills during rehab and successfully taught him to play again.

How amazing to give someone back the gift of music that was so important to him. Congratulations to Rebecca on this fabulous achievement!