Occupational Therapy - Cotehele Unit

Who do we work with?

The Occupational Therapy (OT) service is for people who are admitted to the Cotehele Unit. The Cotehele Unit is an inpatient facility based at the Mount Gould Hospital site for people predominantly over the age of 65, who are suffering from functional mental health issues and are in the most acute and vulnerable stages of their illness. Illnesses may include anxiety, depression, schizophrenia or bipolar affective disorder.


Who works in the OT service?

There is an Occupational Therapist and an Occupational Therapy Technical Instructor working at the Unit.


How does OT support people in their recovery at the Cotehele Unit?

Our specific job is to support people to achieve or maintain as much independence in doing things they want or need to be able to do in their lives. This includes all areas of everyday life including things like getting washed and dressed, cooking and shopping.

Every person admitted to the Unit has access to the therapeutic group program provided by Occupational Therapy and other mental health professionals on the ward. Groups to support people in their recovery include: 

  • Skills-based groups (e.g. cooking, gardening and relaxation);
  • Educational and reflective groups (e.g. Coping Skills, Compassionate Mind, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, and Mental Health Awareness);
  • Leisure groups based on current inpatients' interests (e.g. walking, arts and crafts, reading);
  • Art Therapy, Music Therapy, Psychology, Chaplaincy and a Pets as Therapy Dog are just a few examples of other services that are provided on the ward or via referral.


Some people may also require specialist one-to-one Occupational Therapy assessment and support. The need for one-to-one OT is explored on and throughout admission to the Unit and involves discussion with the person (and family if appropriate), the OT, and the rest of the team at the Unit to see if this could be helpful. OT assessment and treatment is then planned with and tailored to the individual needs of the person and may take place on the Unit, in the community or in the person's own home.

If people need further OT support when they are discharged from hospital we are able to refer to our Older Peoples' Mental Health Community OT colleagues.