Occupational therapists are needed at Amrita Foundation Nepal, a Nepalese mental health rehabilitation hospital based in Boudha, Kathmandu. Amrita Foundation Nepal is a non-governmental organisation that provides residential rehabilitation and treatment for adults with mental health needs and learning disabilities. The team consists of mental health nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists and students of psychology on placement.

 In 2015 occupational therapy was introduced by two occupational therapists from the UK. Work/ volunteer placements are very much 'role emerging' as the profession is not yet established in mental health services in Nepal. Amrita Foundation is extremely supportive and enthusiastic to develop their treatment to include occupational therapy and the hospital  team is keen to lead the way in innovating mental health in Nepal and have links with a range of useful networks and organisations specialising in mental health rehabilitation.

The first volunteer OT placement focussed on staff training in the concepts of OT in mental health, introducing therapeutic groups, enhancing occupational opportunities within the hospital and in the community, developing in-house activity resources and supporting patients in achieving meaningful roles and routines that are goal focussed and person-centred.

The treatment team have agreed that future occupational therapy placements should continue to support the introduction of OT carried out on the first placement. The hospital’s priorities for future placements include: discharge planning, community outreach, developing post-discharge support and family education.

Recently qualified occupational therapists as well as those with post-registration experience are welcome to apply. Therapists with previous experience of working overseas and managing the challenges of working in a different culture are preferred. Experience of a role-emerging placement or of working in non-traditional roles beneficial. Minimum 4 week placement term.

Please contact both carlawhite34@gmail.com and info@theablespace.com for discussion of the role and recruitment.

Please visit http://www.amritafoundationnepal.org/ for information on the hospital.