Helen Parmenter

Helen Parmenter

Helen Parmenter, Bsc (Hons), is an occupational therapist who has worked within medium and low secure forensic services for 9 years. Helen was introduced to the VdT Model of Creative Ability within her first-year post qualification and was involved in helping to embed the model within the services she worked in after finding the model an inspiring and practical approach to occupational therapy service delivery. Helen has recently joined the foundation team and is motivated to help support other occupational therapists using the model to increase their confidence and implementation of the VdT Model of Creative Ability and develop CPD opportunities. Helen has recently moved job roles to a post within Specialist CAMHS and is looking forward to exploring the use of the VdT Model of Creative Ability within this new setting.

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  • Feb 09, 2020 by Tori

    Opportunities for networking

    In terms of ideas for the new website, does anyone have any ideas around creating opportunities for networking - particularly around interacting with clinicians working within a similar field of practice. We have opportunities for those within forensic services through the Special Interest Group (SIG) - however, I am just mindful of clinicians working other areas, or perhaps those working in isolation. 

    How could we create opportunities to interact remotely? 

    Look forward to hearing your thoughts. 

    Tori. 
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  • Mar 25, 2020 by Tori

    Covid-19

     Hi Lou, 
     
    Thank you for creating this discussion. Within the high/medium/low secure hospitals I work in, we have at present ceased all off ward activity and stopped all Section 17 Leave – which I imagine will cause frustration for those who have progressed to lengthy periods of either escorted/unescorted period of leave from the service. We have developed programmes that can be delivered at ward level, whilst still maintaining the principles of social distancing. I think the focus across all services at the moment is supporting the ward staff and maintaining some consistency for the service users.  We have circulated "easy read" documents for service users around information on COVID-19, detailing information on how to keep themselves safe and well, hygiene procedures and information to reduced anxiety. The staff have also distributed resources to promote ideas around self directed activities and visual materials around keeping occupied and engaged in meaningful activity whilst self isolating. In the MSU, the Therapy Staff have developed resources to be used on the wards to support service users in keeping busy and have completed a revised interest checklist document. 

     We have also circulated easy read letters to the patients to notify them of any treatment groups that have had to be postponed to help manage their expectations and reduce anxiety. 

     At the moment, everything seems to be changing frequently and there is a lot of uncertainty. However, it has been positive to see how supportive, creative, flexible and committed staff have been during this time. 
     
    Thanks, 

     Tori 
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