6 October University, provided by Sue Hartshorne:
Update: El Agouza Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Centre
The last two months has seen the departure of two of our three professional members of the Occupational Therapy staff.
Pip Dow, occupational therapist, returned to New Zealand with her family. Pip established occupational therapy services for people with spinal cord injuries at the centre as well as extending her skills to provide services for people with upper limb amputation and providing scar management for those with traumatic injuries including burns. Pip also collaborated with Sue on developing a Back School Program which is now being implemented at the Centre.
Takako Miya, art therapist, returned to Japan. Miya has been a valuable member of staff, assisting to establish a handskills program, play gym and gait and balance clinic in the Children's Unit as well as initiating therapeutic craft groups and individual treatments for adult outpatient and inpatients.
Both Pip and Miya also contributed to staff training in the areas of manual handling, spinal cord injury (Pip) and toy making (Miya).
Update: October 6 University
There is still no further information from the university about their plan for an occupational therapy programme.