What is Occupational Therapy?


According to the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) the definition of OT is:


Occupational therapy provides practical support to people with physical and mental illness, disability, long term condition, or those experiencing the effects of ageing, to do the things they need or want to do. It enables people of all ages to carry out practical and purposeful activities (often referred to as 'occupation'). This could be essential day to day tasks - such as dressing, cooking, going shopping, to the things that make us who we are - our job, interests, hobbies and relationships.


Occupational therapy considers all our needs - e.g. physical, psychological, social and environmental - and helps to increase people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.


Why would I need an OT?


An OT can help in a huge range of things. These can be very simple, like enabling a person to put on a t-shirt, or very complex, such as enabling a person with complex physical disabilities to maintain the best posture using highly skilled assessments and equipment.


Where do OT’s work?


Most people come across OT’s either in hospital or within their own home. The vast majority of OT’s in Great Britain work in the public sector and are employed by the NHS or Social Services. We offer the services of independent OT’s who are self-employed. This means we are able to provide greater flexibility in the services we offer.


Why would I choose an Independent OT over an NHS or Social Services OT?


Generally, if there is a health or Social Services OT involved, people do not choose to fund a further OT themselves. However, with the current limitations in place on the public sector services, more and more people are employing their own OT to ensure they receive the level of service they want or to speed up the rate at which they are seen. There may also be an area that the public sector OT’s are unable to cover due to constraints placed on them by funding.


One of the main users of independent OT's are Case Managers involved with medico-legal cases. They use independent OT's to get a greater insight into the needs of the client and also to access more complex equipment, not generally available via statutory services. 


Other people may wish to have a more intense intervention than they can get elsewhere so they self-fund and OT.


If a private company require an OT assessment, e.g. a charity, they will turn to independent OT’s for this.


What does In Fine Fettle mean?


Fettle is a noun meaning condition (especially physical) or trim. It can be interchanged with words such as condition, state or shape. Therefore In Fine Fettle means in good shape.

How soon can I be seen for assessment?


Following you contacting In Fine Fettle, by phone, e-mail, contact page or Facebook, you will be phoned by the appropriate therapist and basic information will be gathered. This will take place within one working week. At this point a decision will be made, in conjunction with yourself, about whether In Fine Fettle is the best choice for you.

If it is then an appointment will be made over the phone to see you within 2 weeks (with the exception of holiday periods etc.)


What is Mickel Therapy?


Mickel Therapy is a method of treatment that provides clients with the skills to enable them to make the link between their suppressed emotions and physical symptoms. They are then able to learn how to manage their emotions more effectively to lead a symptom free life.


How much does it cost to be treated?


Our rates are reasonable considering the expert level at which we work. For specific costings relating to your requirements please conact us via our contact form, at enquiries@infinefettle.co.uk or by phone on 07860 776988.