Emma Blake

BSc Occupational Therapy

Rotational Occupational Therapist in Acute and Emergency Medicine

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Tell us in more detail what your role entails, what challenges you currently face, and how you are finding ways to cope.

I help inpatients back to optimised function through meaningful occupation and I asist with discharges and discharge pathways for a variety of patients to enable optimal function and independence.

My challenges are currently facilitating discharges in these challenging circumstances and stepping out of my comfort zone to help support the NHS through these unpredictable times

Do you have a top tip for coping at a time of crisis? Or a few words of advice or support for fellow students and alumni on the front line?

I partake in regular video conversations with friends/family and meditation to help reduce stress. I also enjoy cooking and now working out in my garden to help cope, along with regular exercise - most of it taking place in my garden! Staying in a regular routine helps me cope massively.  

Top tip for coping in crisis: 

Speaking to friends/family regularly to lessen the risk of burn out/fatigue. Value yourself and understand everyone copes with stress differently and never underestimate the value of exercise. 

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