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Verity Longley

PhD student and Occupational Therapist

I’m Verity and currently a PhD student, Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, University of Manchester; I’m also an Occupational Therapist (OT)

What does that mean?

I’m currently doing research into what Occupational Therapists do in hospitals and how we can improve what we do. Within my role of an Occupational Therapist, I help people to overcome illness or disability that might be stopping them from being independent by using equipment, or teaching them different ways of doing activities.

What has been their proudest moment so far?

It’s very rare for Occupational Therapists to go into research, as most enjoy doing practical work, so getting accepted to do my PhD was my proudest moment.

Is their job stressful? How do they cope with stress?

When I worked in the hospital it was stressful at times when it was busy but I worked in a great team and we would always help each other. We’d always have time for tea and cake!

What’s the best thing about their role?

I like meeting lots of interesting people and helping them to do what they want. There’s also a lot of variety in the job and it doesn’t involve too many body fluids!

Where can I go from here?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Health & Social Care Careers Hub in partnership with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. If you’d like to find out more about career opportunities and working in the Health & Social Care then email us: careers.hub@mft.nhs.uk or visit our website www.cmft.nhs.uk/GMCareersHub