Therapists, practitioners, support workers and service users from across Sirona care & health have pitched the right note with a light-hearted film promoting their community services.
Emma Richards, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, Heather Donald, Assistant Locality Manager and Naomi Carter, Senior Physiotherapist, wanted to highlight Allied Health Professional roles in an entertaining way to mark AHP Day today – 14 October.
Naomi wrote lyrics linked to each job and matched them to the world famous Friends TV Programme theme tune which Heather says “guarantees lots of people know it and it is memorable”. Naomi said: “The tune was very apt as it was a light hearted way of getting our message across about how all AHPs care; it is a privilege to help people get back to being as independent as possible and we also have a lot of fun in the process.”
Emma, Heather and Naomi enlisted the support of colleagues across the not-for-profit organisation along with people attending Sirona’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Falls Service clinics to feature in the parody with Bristol A Cappella choir singing Naomi’s words.
The three-minute film is already attracting attention on Social Media and Emma said: “The aim of the film is to demonstrate the varied roles in Sirona but also that we love our jobs and don’t take ourselves too seriously; we also know some people find it difficult to discuss some of the problems they may be experiencing so we hope this video will raise awareness that there is help available.
“Importantly we wanted to show how we work with colleagues across the organisation to provide a holistic approach for people. We offer a range of rehabilitation programmes to maximise a person’s potential to live a full and active life. Sirona’s ethos is about Taking it Personally and looking after people the way we would want our loved ones cared for and this is very much what we do; we help people achieve their goals rather than fitting people to services.”
Heather added: “We wanted to show our work in the community is exciting and fun and everyone was so keen to give up their own time to get involved; it was brilliant.
“We filmed staff from across the organisation in our community teams, specialist services such as respiratory and learning disabilities, outpatients and inpatient teams. We had representatives from Art Therapy, Dietiticians, Music Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Paramedics, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Speech and Language Therapy.”
You can watch the video here https://youtu.be/v-cYiYBhf0M