Departments > Occupational Therapy, Podiatry

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) is the use of assessment and treatment to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with physical, mental, or cognitive disorders.

Our team of occupational therapists and therapy assistants provides individualised therapy programmes to optimise patients’ levels of independence and ultimately lead to discharging patients back to living within their local community.

Occupational Therapists focus on identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities by adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching new skills and educating the patient/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities

The Action Van service facilitates environmental adaptations to patients’ homes to improve independence and reduce the risk of falls. This collaborative project between The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital and St. Columcille’s Hospital continues to facilitate timely discharges from hospital relieving bed pressure in all four hospitals.

For further information, contact Jo Cannon, Occupational Therapy Manager on 01 4066 607 or [email protected]

The Royal Hospital Donnybrook – A Teaching Hospital

The Occupational Therapy Department is a teaching site for Trinity College Dublin. A 0.5WTE Practice Tutor is based on site to assist with the clinical placements for up to 12 occupational therapy students per year. Speech and Language Therapy student placements are also offered at the hospital.


Podiatry is a healthcare profession that is involved with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the lower limb and foot, providing advice and education with appropriate treatment, thus helping the patient to rehabilitate faster.

Podiatry also plays a significant role in preventing minor lesions progressing to more serious systemic conditions, promoting and maintaining mobility, providing comfort – all greatly enhancing the quality of life for the patients and residents in the hospital.

For further information, contact Jo Cannon, Designated Line Manager for Podiatry on
01 4066 607 or [email protected]