Services at ACCORD

Day Therapy Unit

The Day Therapy Unit is an active, therapeutic environment where staff aim to meet your physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.

Aims of the Service

At Day Therapy we use activity as a treatment medium. Activity is very important to:

  • improve self-esteem and self-confidence
  • provide a distraction from symptoms
  • encourage socialisation and communication
  • maintain and improve mobility and co-ordination

This approach is to assist our patients with independence, empowerment and the ability to make their own choices. Our aim is to maximise an individual’s potential, whatever that potential may be.

What You Can Expect

You will be helped to develop and agree a programme and plan of care which will enable you to control your symptoms rather than the symptoms controlling you. Your condition will be assessed regularly and realistic goals will be agreed and reviewed with the team.

Living With Cancer – Kathleen’s Story

For the last nine weeks Emma, an Occupational Therapy Student on placement at ACCORD has been working with Kathleen, one of our service users in Day Therapy Unit. Kathleen and Emma have been working together to produce a pamphlet which chronicles Kathleen’s journey living with Cancer.

Last Friday saw the launch of this heartfelt and inspirational account of one ladies life ‘living with (not dying of) cancer.’ Fellow service users, family, friends and staff came together in Day Therapy to celebrate and congratulate Kathleen (and Emma!) for all of their hard work.

Kathleen’s pamphlet is an honest and practical account of being diagnosed with a life limiting illness and how she chooses to cope with this every day. It even contains advice and tips for people who may be in the same situation and it is hoped that it can be as much help to others as it was to Kathleen.

You can view and download Kathleen’s pamphlet here.

Download our Leaflet here

Meet the Team

Joyce McNaught

Joyce McNaught - DTU Team Leader

Joyce obtained her Diploma in Occupation Therapy in 1981 and has been practicing as a Senior Occupational Therapist for over 30 years. Her vast knowledge and skills in various community and hospice settings has supported her to undertake the role of Team Lead within our Day therapy Unit. Such experience has been widely utilised within ACCORD, managing the DTU Team, service development and supporting her Allied Health Professional colleagues.

Elaine Blair

Elaine Blair - DTU Staff Nurse

Elaine qualified as a nurse in 1990 and has developed a wide experience within the acute sector and palliative care over the past 26 years. She completed a Degree in Palliative Care, progressing to a Post-Graduate in Nursing. Elaine has cemented herself as the Senior Nurse in DTU and a valuable member of our multi-disciplinary team.

Mairi-Ann Higgins

Mairi-Ann Higgins - DTU Support Worker

Mairi-Ann has been a welcome addition to DTU joining the team in 2012. She obtained her experience in healthcare and diversional activities within the family/childcare settings. Since joining ACCORD she has transformed our activity programme, recognising activities as a therapy medium. Recently she enhanced her knowledge and skills by achieving a HNC qualification in Occupational Therapy.


Support Team

  • Hairdresser
  • Complementary Therapists
  • Hospice Drivers
  • Volunteer Drivers
  • Unit Volunteers
  • Pastoral and Spiritual Care Team

Hours and Availability

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10.00am – 3.00pm

We try to be as flexible as possible to meet individual needs and requirements.

How to get in Contact

  • Day Therapy Unit –  0141 581 2007 (Tue – Thu, 8.30am – 3.00pm)