Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Janet Massey: 19.01.1960 to 07.02.2008

Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Janet Massey: 19.01.1960 to 07.02.2008

Article excerpt

It is with great sadness that we learnt in February of the sudden death of Janet Massey.

Janet trained at the York School of Occupational Therapy and qualified in 1981. In the same year, she began work in addiction services in Nottingham, becoming the first occupational therapist in the Nottingham Alcohol and Drug Team. Her subsequent career blossomed and, in 1998, Janet became Lead Occupational Therapist within the addiction service that she had pioneered. It is to her great credit that occupational therapy plays a key role within the Nottingham Alcohol and Drug Service. Occupational therapists now work in the inpatient and day units and also in the community team, in what is one of only a few dedicated alcohol and drug occupational therapy teams.

Janet also played an important ambassador role, promoting addiction services to occupational therapy students. Through her influence, many newly qualified occupational therapists returned to work with Janet. This reflects Janet's deep commitment and professional skill in delivering a high quality learning and mentoring experience. She also provided unwavering support to occupational therapy students in the wider mental health field through her role as Student Placement Coordinator, which she carried out with great skill.

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Janet brought calmness and serenity to her professional work. …

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