Occupational Therapist and founding member, AbleOTUK
Ms Rachel Booth-Gardiner, is an Occupational Therapist, with 17 years experience working within Acute, Rehabilitation, and Forensic mental health settings. Her current role is Lead Occupational Therapist for Adult Mental Health Acute In-Patients and Rehabilitation services within TEWV NHS Foundation trust. Alongside this Rachel is active within the wider Occupational Therapy community, with voluntary roles including; Treasurer of The RCOT Northern and Yorkshire Committee. She is an OTalk team member helping to run a weekly twitter chat about occupational therapy now in its 11th year. Rachel is also a founding member of AbleOTUK a network and advocacy group for occupational therapy staff and students with lived experiences of disabilities and or long term health conditions. Rachel describes herself as neurodivergent, born with cerebral palsy (right hemiplegia) she has dyslexia, has experienced episodes of depression, and now lives with long covid after an extensive hospital admission and recovery journey, from covid 19. She has written a blog ‘Exploring the Art of Occupation’ since 2013 which focuses on her thoughts and journey as an occupational therapist with lived experience of disability.