Vikki Thompson - Senior Occupational Therapist
Helping stroke patients to regain their independence
Vikki Thompson knew from a young age that she wanted to work in the health sector to help people. She explained, “My Mum works for Rochdale Boroughwide Housing and works with Occupational Therapists to re-home people with special needs. Having heard about the OT role and how it helps people to regain their independence it sounded like just the role for me. The predictable and regular ‘office type’ hours was also a real draw as it suits my family life.”
Vikki trained at Salford University, graduating with a BSc in Occupational Therapy in 2011. All but one of her placements were with Pennine Acute and her positive experiences during these placements were a big factor in choosing where to work once she qualified. In addition, Vikki felt that she had built good relationships with the friendly teams during her placements and had a good knowledge of the services provided by the Trust, and the Trust sites were local and convenient for commuting.
Vikki currently works as a Band 6 Senior Occupational Therapist on the award winning Acute Stroke Ward at Fairfield General Hospital, which is the Primary Stroke Unit for adults in Greater Manchester. Vikki ‘s role is also a rotational post which gives her access to experience in different locations across the Trust.
On her experiences as an employee of Pennine Acute, Vikki explains, “I’ve been encouraged by my senior managers to progress and I’ve been given lots of opportunities. After my first OT post in Oldham I took a 2 year sabbatical to travel the world, then was lucky to be assigned to Fairfield as a Locum on my return. I was really happy to gain a substantive Band 5 post and was then encouraged to apply for a Band 6 role after just 12 months. I was really well supported in the new Band 6 role, which involves complex case loads and supervising Band 5s.”
Vikki is proud to be part of the Stroke Team at Fairfield, “It’s a big achievement to be part of an award winning team in one of the best performing stroke units in the country. I’ve been really well supported by the Trust and encouraged to progress. The different disciplines really work well together with OT, Physio, Speech Therapy Psychology, Nurses and Doctors all supporting each other. Working here really feels like being part of a family.”