Every day occupational therapists like James Cummings, featured in our video below, help people with a physical or learning disability and those aged over 65 who need support.
“Helping someone to smile again or enabling them in the face of significant adversity to live not simply exist is what I love about my job,”says James, who works as a Community and Enablement Occupational Therapist at Hertfordshire County Council.
He came late to his chosen career after working in finance in the City of London for several years. However, James decided to retrain after he cared for a friend with a progressive neurological illness.
“I really wanted to make a meaningful and positive difference in the lives of people who have had a setback,” he said. “It’s really rewarding being able to help them get their confidence back.”
Everyday our occupational therapists work throughout Hertfordshire to support people with a physical or learning disability and older people aged over 65 who need help.
There are a total of 44 occupational therapists working at the council including nine in management positions and five in specialist roles.
James explains that he derives great satisfaction from working with an enthusiastic team dedicated to improving the quality of the lives of Hertfordshire residents.
“I feel lucky to be part of a county-wide support structure made up of experienced, knowledgeable and motivated professionals, support services and volunteers who make lasting, and sometimes even immediate change a reality for the people we support,” he said.
Watch a video of James talking about his job.
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