Technical instructor Rachel McCoy explains how she helps patients in the community to develop their independence
My name is Rachel and I am a technical instructor in the community for the short-term support service at Alnwick. I work closely with patients by following rehab programmes set out by our physiotherapists to help them regain strength, balance, confidence and independence.
I also work closely with occupational therapists in the community by providing equipment that helps to keep our patients safe and independent in their own homes. This can prevent hospital admissions and also facilitate hospital discharges.
I chose to do this role because I think it is important to keep people safe and as independent as possible in their own homes, where they feel the most comfortable and can continue with their daily routines.
One of the things I absolutely love about my job is seeing patients improve in their own home and achieve goals that we help work towards. When we provide equipment, we can really see how it improves their quality of life.
Day to day you’ll find me driving around Northumberland completing rehab programmes with patients and also completing mobility and bathing assessments.
As with most healthcare professionals, Covid-19 has impacted my role. Unfortunately, we are seeing more patients become deconditioned due to spending time in isolation, but we are working very hard to help them through this.
Our short-term support team at Alnwick is a brilliant team to work with. Everyone goes above and beyond to put the patient’s needs first. Despite spending less time together due to Covid-19, we always make sure and we support each other and remain in contact virtually.