Our journey started in…
TRP was founded by Becky Hey and her husband whilst sat around their kitchen table.
Jeremy asked,” What is it you want to achieve?”
Becky replied, “That the client comes first and is at the centre of everything we do, and to be the best”.
These are the values we have held dear on every step of our journey.
Within a week of setting up we had a full caseload and have continued to do so ever since.
The company logo is based on the “Koru” which is the Maori name given to an unfurling fern frond, it signifies reaching towards the light, encouraging new positive beginnings and hope for the future. Becky was given a jade necklace of the Koru by the Maori community in New Zealand when she left her post as a Neuro-Developmental Therapist for the area to continue her travels.
Second employee for TRP
Third employee for TRP
- Arrival of the second bundle of joy for Becky & Jeremy
Moved from the kitchen table to “The Shed” in the garden.
- Fund raising to train Duffy the Support Dog
Year long fundraising for the training of Support Dog, Duffy in memory of a client. This included a school disco, attendance at a Wolverhampton Wanderers Match and Charity Gig by the Roving Crows. Duffy went on to be the first dog to operate the “woof to wash” washing machine.
- Fourth Employee for TRP
- Fifth Employee for TRP
- Purchased office premises and started renovations.
Before…… the crumbling grade II listed building.
- Moved into No 15, The Square our fabulous yet vintage quirky offices and out of the shed.
- Charity Coffee Morning in aid of Wythall Animal Sanctuary
- First charity vintage tea party raising £400 for Headway, West Midlands
- TRP turned 10 and celebrated with an Anniversary Party for clients and colleagues in the tearoom at Birmingham Art Gallery. The film Kingsman II was being filmed outside at the same time which added to the excitment.
- Silverlining West Midlands Group founded – The Rehabilitation Partnership assisted in setting up and volunteering at the Silverlining West Midlands Group. For more information please go to www.thesilverlining.org.uk/
- Charity Vintage Tea Party
Second charity vintage tea party in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance and The Silverlining. £758 raised and split equally between the charities.
- Award Winners Insurance Post Awards.
At the Insurance Post Claims Awards in London TRP was awarded Highly Commended for Rehabilitation Initiative of the Year, & Becky Hey shortlisted for Case Manager of the year.
- Award Winners CMSUK Awards
CMSUK Awards. Winners of the Partnership Case of the Year. Becky Hey awarded Catastrophic Case Manager of Year and Donna Salmon Finalist of Case Manager Supporter of the Year.
- Sixth Employee for TRP.
- TRP went paper light.
- TRP Award Celebration Party for clients and colleagues.
- Started working with the Worcester University OT programme.
- Nelson, “The Legend” office dog went to the angels.
- The three puppies joined the TRP team
- TRP team completed the velocity zip wire challenge
The Velocity Zip Wire is the longest and fastest zip wire in the world. The TRP Team of Laura, Donna, Amanda and Catherine completed it in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance and raised £1522.
- Presentation at CMSUK Conference in Leeds on the Awards Case by Becky Hey
- The year of the global pandemic….where we kept everyone safe and sane, continued with “business as unusual” and learnt how to truly dance in the rain. From garden away days, team quizzes, smiling through the PPE, team walks, drawing out the ever changing restrictions in understandable ways, managing risk, designing a new website and learning how to creatively use telehealth platforms. We learnt how much we need human contact, a hug and the power of human kindness and resilience.
- After 18 months of working behind the scenes, the Sixth Edition of “Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy” was published in June 2020. Catherine felt privileged to be asked to update Chapter 11: The Person-Centred Frame of Reference with Dr Davina M Parker. Client/Person Centred Practice is at the heart of what we do in TRP.
- We had our first OT student placement from Worcester University.
- The clients, Support teams, Rehabilitation teams and TRP all had their vaccines thanks to the wonders of science and our world leading NHS. We became very familiar with Lateral Flow Tests and can put on PPE in our sleep.
- We stayed hopeful and continued with our usual antics of Migrateful cooking sessions, Junior Ready Steady Cook and a Virtual afternoon tea. Counting the days until we can all be back in the office together and properly in the room with our clients ……..let’s just say that will be emotional…..
- Well, getting back into the room was emotional and totally brilliant despite the new variant, the restrictions and the robust measures in place to minimise the risk. It bought total joy to the heart to hear the in-person laughter and creativity in the TRP office …. to feel genuinely human again. Our clients have gone from strength to strength with residential college placements for September, passes on driving theory tests and getting out to do the things that matter to us all …..living.
- This year is proving to be an action and adventure filled year with a 10km fundraising walk for SSAFA by an ex-service personnel, clients moving into newly adapted homes, clubbing, festivals, holidays abroad, spectacular specialist college transitions, smashed GCSE mock results and a marriage (we are dusting off the Saris).
- Also inspiring the next generation of Occupational Therapists with practice educating and lecturing. How much can we squeeze into 2023 ? Limits only exist in your mind…….
What is in store for 2024?….So far, a lot of head scratching on how to do statistics and graphs for the write up of the Marvellous Vintage Tea Party Pre-Vocational Project which we are hoping will be award winning,
We are planning lots more adventures with clients completing the Cotswolds Way Challenge with the support of TRP and their therapy teams.
Clients are agitating for further canal boat trips with cheese cobs and laughter.
Together with the fruition of a long-held dream for a client to move to a new life by the sea, to a fabulously adapted property where she can independently bake cakes for and with her Grandchildren. How wonderful and special is that?
The journey continues for us all…. We are renowned for our unique approach. We are a small firm who are driven, expert, and professional. Yet we recognise we are a team & family of individuals with a purpose. That is to put our clients at the centre of everything we do, to strive to be the best, to have fun, to be hopeful and part of the things that matter in life whether that is a sports day, a child being unwell, laughter, tears…. or to put our hands up, clap, jump, dance and celebrate the amazing achievements of our clients.
“I have worked with TRP for many years now and they have successfully case managed many of my clients. Their work has most often been with clients (adults and children) who have sustained traumatic brain injuries, though they have also supported clients with multiple orthopaedic injuries and amputations. The quality and experience of the TRP team is first rate and they adopt a progressive, flexible and innovative approach that ensures the rehabilitation potential of clients is realised, no matter how complex their circumstances may be.”
– Stephen Nye, Partner, Irwin Mitchell LLP