Occupational therapists

OT-page-thumbnail(250x250)We work in partnership with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists - the professional body for occupational therapists, collaborating on areas such as professional development. As well as providing resources and information focussed on the social care sector, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists also supports specialisms within the profession.

NEW: Virtual workshops about the role of strategic leadership in occupational therapy

Skills for Care and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists are pleased to bring you four virtual workshops which will take place during September and October. The overarching theme is ‘Impact, innovation and action: how strategic leadership in occupational therapy can make a difference in social care delivery.’ 

These events will feature speakers from across the sector and will aim to:

  • share pioneering practice in leadership, service delivery and rehabilitation in social care including the impact of innovations
  • promote the impact of the principal occupational therapist role (and equivalent) at service and strategic levels
  • showcase new and innovative ways of working
  • devise short, medium and long term action plan to progress identified areas of work.

Each of the workshops will focus on a specific theme:

  • Tuesday 15 September 2020 - Leadership/advancing practice
  • Wednesday 23 September 2020 - Innovation and service delivery
  • Wednesday 30 September 2020 - Rehabilitation and social care
  • Tuesday 13 October 2020 - Turning the learning into action

Find out more and book.

New: Learning and development framework for occupational therapists (new or returning to social care)

In partnership with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, we've developed a new framework based on the four pillars of practice, whch are widely used to guide career, learning and development for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs), including occupational therapists. 

Occupational therapists can use this framework to provide evidence of their learning and development for induction, employment, retention and appraisal processes. 

View the framework below and some guidance on how to use it.


Occupational therapist degree apprenticeship

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists have announced that the apprenticeship standard and assessment plan has been approved and published by the Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA). You can read the standard and assessment plan here.

Key points

  • The apprentice will complete a BSc (Hons) degree in occupational therapy or level 7 qualification approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) where the apprentice already holds a level 6 degree.
  • A minimum of 20% of the apprentices paid working hours must be spent on off-the-job training.
  • The training will typically take 48 months.
  • Levy paying organisations will be able to use their apprenticeship levy to fund the occupational therapist degree apprenticeship training and end-point assessment cost.
  • Non-levy organisations will pay 10% of the agreed cost, with the Government paying the rest (as long as the total cost is no more than the government-assigned cap).
  • The apprentice will be assessed at the end of their training. The end-point tests will form the final point of their degree.