Bracton Centre welcomes royalty on official visit

Oxleas NHS was delighted to welcome royalty today when HRH The Princess Royal visited the Bracton Centre in Dartford.

The Princess Royal received a warm welcome from Chief Executive, Ben Travis and our Chair, Andy Trotter, before enjoying a tour of our occupational therapy services for service users in our medium secure service, led by Patsy Fung, Head of Profession for Occupational Therapy.

As patron of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, she has a particular interest in occupational therapy and was introduced to a number of our therapists to talk with them about the care they provide.

The Princess Royal was told about the many and varied therapies programme we provide via a busy daily schedule of daytime, evening and weekend pro-social activities. These include spiritual care, design and technology, Black and Minority Ethnic Group Drop-in and the Forensic Recovery College.

She was also able to see some of the therapies programme in action during the visit including our unique judo project, run in conjunction with Kent Police. It offers instruction and physical activity to service users and is hugely popular.

The Princess Royal was also presented with an oil cloth iPad cover, made by service users in the design and technology session, as a gift.

Following the tour, The Princess Royal visited Henri’s – a joint catering project with Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency, which serves food made with ingredients grown and harvested by service users in the Focal Point Horticulture Project.

Unveiling a plaque to commemorate her visit, HRH The Princess Royal, said: “Thank you for the opportunity to learn about the work that you do at the Bracton Centre. It has been a pleasure to meet so many staff and service users and I was really impressed to see so much support on offer here through occupational therapy. The centre is the perfect platform to help people along the stepping stones of their recovery journey.”

Chair, Andy Trotter, said: “I would like to thank your Royal Highness for your patronage and support to the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Your visit has been a wonderful boost for staff and service users and we hope, that during your tour, we were able to demonstrate the real sense of pride we all feel towards our occupational therapy services.”

View more pictures from the day on Flickr.

Published on 1st December 2017