Tag: occupational therapy

Becoming an occupational therapist

Ever considered a career in occupational therapy? In this blog, we share insight into everything you need to know, including educational requirements, routes to entry and registration protocols.   1. Educational requirements   Typically, you need a degree in occupational therapy approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). This is usually a three …

AHP principles of practice updated for occupational therapists

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has launched its AHP principles of practice-based learning: working together to support our future workforce.   Created in collaboration with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), the principles exist to ‘support the development of quality, sustainable placement opportunities for pre-registration physiotherapy occupational therapy learners.’    These principles are evidence-based, practical …

The vital role of occupational therapy in social care

Did you know that occupational therapists are responsible for 35– 45% of local authority referrals despite only comprising of 2% of the workforce? In this blog, we take time to recognise and celebrate the significant role occupational therapists play in social care settings.  Enhancing independence Occupational therapists help individuals regain and maintain their ability to …

Staffing shortages in occupational therapy continue to burden frontline staff

Staffing shortages in occupational therapists continues to burden frontline staff, with 11.3% of council occupational therapist posts vacant since September 2022.    This marks a 8.9% increase from the year before, according to data from Skills For Care.   Turnover rate also rose to 14.4% in the year to September 2022, which is 12% higher …

A conversation about mental health in occupational therapy with Jess Pinson

If you google ‘mental health for occupational therapists’, you will find endless results on the work occupational therapists do to promote mental wellbeing.    But what services are available for occupational therapists in need of support? How can you prioritise your own mental health, when your entire professional existence is caring for other people? Is it …

Rehabilitation services to receive government funding

The UK government shared plans to provide additional funding to rehabilitation, in a statement last week.    More than £200m will be spent on healthcare services in each local area to speed up hospital discharge and free up NHS beds.    Currently, an estimated 13,000 patients are unable to leave hospital each day due to …

3 tips for your first occupational therapy rotation

Congratulations! You’ve finished what felt like an eternity of studying and you’re gearing up to start your first role as a qualified occupational therapist. As the big day draws closer and closer; you’re starting to panic – what should you expect? Are you prepared for the first week? In this blog, Amaré Health discusses 3 …

How occupational therapists help support those with sensory processing disorders

From children to adults, occupational therapists help support a range of people with varying conditions to lead more independent and enjoyable lives. But what does this look like? And could occupational therapy be the next step in your career? Today we discuss how occupational therapists help those with sensory processing disorders to better respond to …

RCOT Membership – Everything Occupational Therapists should know

Did you know if you’re an occupational therapist you can get a Royal College of Occupational Therapists Membership? It is an easy joining process and has many benefits for your career and personal development. Keep reading to find out more information about it.

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