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Eleanor Davis

Job title: Occupational Therapist

Area of work: Preparing for Adulthood Team

My name is Eleanor Davis and I’m an Occupational Therapist. I work in a team called the Preparing for Adulthood Team.

When did you start at Devon County Council (DCC)?

I started working for Devon County Council in December 2020.

What made you choose to work for DCC?

I chose to work for Devon County Council as my background is normally hospitals and medical. I’d never worked for social care before. I’d never worked for Devon County Council before. So, when I saw the role came up, I thought it would be a brilliant opportunity to see how social work, works. To learn about the kind of care act and eligibility. I thought that would be a really good way to get into Adult Social Care.

Can you give an overview of your role?

Now, the Preparing for Adulthood team that I work in supports young people who are likely to have care and support needs in their adulthood. So, we tend to transition young people who are eligible for Adult Social Care from Children Services into Adult Services.

How have you progressed through your role?

I’ve definitely progressed through my role, particularly as this area of work, in the Preparing for Adulthood team, is a brand-new way of working for Occupational Therapists. It’s quite a new idea that Occupational Therapists work in transitions, and this is an area that I wasn’t sure if any other OTs worked in, in the country. So, myself and my OT colleague, in the Preparing for Adulthood team, contacted the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and actually asked:
‘Are there other OTs in the country who are doing this role, are there other OTs who work in Adults Social Care Transition teams or Preparing for Adulthood teams?’

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists actually didn’t know of any other OTs in the country who work in an Adult Social Care Transitions, Preparing for Adulthood team.

So, they along with myself and my OT colleague were quite excited by the prospect of this, developing this role, and what we could do for Devon and Devon County Council in terms of this area of practice that is so clearly specialist.

The college actually asked us to develop something called a National Clinical Forum. So, myself and my colleague developed a National Clinical Forum and it’s called ‘Preparing for Adulthood’ and I’m the chair. A National Clinical Forum is something that supports Occupational Therapists, nationally, to offer continuing professional development. Whether or not that’s running events, networking opportunities and different opportunities to talk about areas of practice and what they’re doing in their different areas.

Obviously, this has been absolutely brilliant. We have learnt about what is out there, what other OTs are doing and how we can apply these areas of practice, that are working in other areas of the country. To our practice here in Devon.

What’s your favourite part of what you do?

I’ve got lots of different things that I love about my role. I particularly love having the freedom and the ability to be creative, and present new ideas to my managers. Ideas about how we can improve the lives of these young people and their care givers, and people who are important to them.

What do you enjoy about living and working in Devon?

I think Devon is just absolutely beautiful. We’re close to stunning beaches, beautiful countryside, lakes and waterfalls. I just love Devon for how peaceful it is. The laid-back nature of living and working in Devon is definitely perfect for me.