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Meet the occupational therapist: Niamh O’Flaherty

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 02 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4890
  1. Gloria Onwuneme, foundation year one doctor
  1. United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
  1. gn.onwuneme{at}

“Shadow me to see how the medical condition affects the whole person”

Niamh O’Flaherty has been an occupational therapist for two years. After completing a BSc in biochemistry and immunology, she decided to train as an occupational therapist because she had seen how the profession had helped her aunt, who had motor neurone disease. In her early years, Niamh had placements in community mental health, inpatient care, and acute medicine. Most recently, she has worked in care of the older adult and in stroke units. Here, we find out what medical students can do to work with and learn from occupational …

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