Award for Phyllis Tuckwell Occupational Therapist

Award for Phyllis Tuckwell Occupational Therapist

Caption: Lisi Pilgrem, an Occupational Therapist at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, was presented with a Merit Award from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Lisi Pilgrem, an Occupational Therapist at local charity Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice Care, has recently been presented with a Merit Award from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, for her work in establishing a new therapy at Phyllis Tuckwell, Therapies through Nature.

Therapies through Nature sessions, also known as Social & Therapeutic Horticulture, enable patients to take part in gardening and nature-based activities, making a pot of flowers for example, or a small planter, which they can then take home or give to a loved one. Research shows that gardening and being around nature can help reduce stress levels and improve wellbeing, and through these therapeutic sessions patients can find a restoration of skills and experience, with improved confidence and self-esteem which comes from creating something themselves.

Merit Awards are presented by the Royal College of Occupational Therapy annually, to those nominated by colleagues for their outstanding contribution to the profession. Lisi’s award celebrates her efforts in introducing Therapies through Nature to Phyllis Tuckwell, and her continued work to develop it within Phyllis Tuckwell as well as promoting it to other Hospice Care charities across the UK.

“I am thrilled to have received this award,” said Lisi, “and so pleased that these Therapies through Nature sessions have been such a success. It is wonderful to see the difference they make to our patients and their carers.”

To find out more about the care which Phyllis Tuckwell offers, visit www.pth.org.uk.

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