Occupational therapists (OTs) work with people who have difficulty completing the activities of everyday life (occupations) because of an illness or a disability. We help them find ways to do the things that are meaningful to them again. 

At the Mater Hospital, we provide assessment and treatment to inpatients and outpatients with a range of different conditions. We have a team of 15 occupational therapists working in the areas listed below.

Inpatient services

  • Acute/general medicine
  • Emergency Department
  • Care of the older person
  • Stroke – acute inpatient service
  • Neurology
  • Vascular and surgery
  • Orthopaedics
  • Spinal injuries

Outpatient services

Education and research

The Occupational Therapy Department is very committed to education and research.

  • All therapists regularly attend education and training events.
  • In recent years, two therapists have completed master’s degrees related to their clinical work.
  • Our therapists provide regular clinical placements to OT students from Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Galway and University of Limerick.
  • We are actively involved in research projects. Some examples of current projects and previous publications involving the department are listed below.
    • “A preliminary investigation into the psychometric properties of the Dublin Extrapersonal Neglect Assessment (DENA)”
    • “The relationship between performance on cognitive screening tools and functional abilities in older adults with mild cognitive impairment”
    • “Audit of carer satisfaction survey feedback for early supported discharge for stroke in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital”

Related services

Referral information

Our service is dedicated primarily to inpatients of the Mater Hospital. We also provide a limited service to outpatients within specific specialties. 

All patients must be under the care of a Mater Hospital consultant and must be referred by a member of that medical team. 

Your appointment

Outpatients will receive their appointment directly from the Occupational Therapy Department, either by phone or by letter.

If you can’t make this appointment for any reason, it is important to contact us as soon as possible to let us know. This will allow us to offer the appointment to another patient on our waiting list.