Royal College of Occupational Therapists

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Ensure we’re funding the research that will improve outcomes for all - RCOT 09/01/2024

We need your help to make sure we fund research that matters to people who access occupational therapy services. 💚

Join our Research Foundation Advisory Group and help us select the future of OT research.

Learn more and apply today, or share with someone who you think would be perfect for this role! 🤩

Ensure we’re funding the research that will improve outcomes for all - RCOT

EDB vision, strategic priorities and aims - RCOT 08/01/2024

Accountability and commitment is about understanding that equity, diversity and belonging (EDB) is all our responsibility and that words and good intentions are not enough.

Over the next six weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at each of our EDB strategic priorities, their aims and some of the actions we will take.

Find out more about how these will drive the work we do. ⬇️

EDB vision, strategic priorities and aims - RCOT Our equity, diversity and belonging vision This is what we’re working towards: By 2027, RCOT will be recognised as a bold, progressive advocate of equity and social justice. We put equity, diversity and belonging at the heart of everything we do. We actively oppose discrimination, demonstrate ef...

Supporting pre-registration learners - RCOT 05/01/2024

Join us at the first Placement Café of the year on Wednesday 10 January!☕

We'll be joined by Jennie Money, Cheshire & Merseyside AHP Workforce Lead, to talk about their Occupational Therapy Podcast and Practice Education Toolkit, with a focus on supporting long arm supervision.

Supporting pre-registration learners - RCOT

Morning Live - Series 5: 04/01/2024 05/01/2024

Fantastic to see one of our members Jen on BBC Morning Live sharing some great advice to avoid falls in the home.

Watch the segment here ➡️ https://loom.ly/yYSC8YY from 17 minutes 30 seconds.

Is there any other advice you would add?

Morning Live - Series 5: 04/01/2024 Gethin Jones and Rav Wilding talk about The Traitors series 2 with Wilfred Webster

Occupational Therapy and Play Practice Guideline - RCOT 05/01/2024

Did you join us at when we launched our Occupational Therapy and Play Practice Guideline? 🤩

If you're an OT working with children, the guideline will support you with the use of play in assessment and intervention and evaluate play participation as a meaningful occupational therapy goal or outcome for the child or young person.

Occupational Therapy and Play Practice Guideline - RCOT Play is a fundamental occupation for children and young people. That is why we have produced an evidence-based practice guideline on play for occupational therapists.

04/01/2024

Meet the Professional Advisory Service. 👋🏾

More than an enquiry service, they are on hand for support, advice and information on our profession.

You can contact them on:
☎️ 020 3141 4630
📧 [email protected]

03/01/2024

You can now find a British Sign Language version of our Equity, Diversity and Belonging (EDB) Strategy on our website: https://loom.ly/EoTsi0M

You can also find the strategy in Welsh, easy read, large print, text only and audio.

Local Service Champions | Campaigns | UNISON National 03/01/2024

Who are the in your team? Nominate them today! 🎖️

Local Service Champions | Campaigns | UNISON National A huge network of people work together to keep our local communities going. Yet very few of us probably recognise the vital local services that we come into contact with everyday. It's time to give our local service champions the recognition they deserve.

03/01/2024

A huge congratulations to Tracey Elder, winner of The Constance Owens Early Researcher Award 2023. 🤩

We loved hearing about how you're putting the grant into action by helping people with multiple sclerosis.

[Video description: Tracey stands on the left with RCOT Chief Executive, Steve Ford on the right, they both hold onto a certificate in a frame. The audio is of Tracey speaking about the work they're doing after receiving the grant.]

03/01/2024

Is your New Year's resolution to stay up to date with your continuing professional development (CPD) recording? 📋

As an RCOT member, use your CPD Portfolio to record your evidence and ensure you meet the HCPC standards. Learn more: https://loom.ly/Nrz72-U

Help us strengthen our governance - RCOT 02/01/2024

📢 Don't miss your chance to shape the way we communicate, engage and consult with our members by supporting the Council's review of our governance.

Help us to become a more responsive, focused and efficient organisation able to deliver the greatest impact for our members and the wider profession.

🗓️ Complete the form by Wednesday 31 January.

Help us strengthen our governance - RCOT

02/01/2024

Huge congratulations to 2022 RCOT Fellow Dee Christie for receiving an OBE for services to occupational therapy on the King's New Year Honour list. 🏅

02/01/2024

'Together, we’ll create an organisation and profession that we can all be proud of.'

Last year, we released our Equity, Diversity, and Belonging Strategy. Our vision is that by 2027, we'll be recognised as a bold, progressive advocate of equity and social justice.

Read the full strategy here: https://loom.ly/uD2Cj-c

Thank you to Steve Ford, RCOT Chief Executive, for sharing this introduction to the strategy.

02/01/2024

Change the profession in 2024. Apply for our Research Foundation Grant. 🤩

➡️ Don't miss your opportunity to submit your peer-reviewed research proposal to us! Find out more: https://loom.ly/UyDPa9Q
🗓️ You've got until 5pm, Wednesday 14 February to apply.

02/01/2024

✨ Happy New Year from everyone at RCOT. ✨

25/12/2023

A very merry Christmas to all who are celebrating. 🎄

[Video description: Presents under a tree; there's a sparkling effect.]

22/12/2023

We’re closed from 5pm Friday 22 December until Tuesday 2 January 2024 at 9am for our festive break.❄️

During this time, we won’t be monitoring social media. If you send us a DM or question, we’ll get back to you in the new year.

Photos from Royal College of Occupational Therapists's post 22/12/2023

Thank you to everyone who's shared their photos and videos with us this year. 🤩

We love hearing about and seeing the incredible work from occupational therapy teams across the country and can't wait to see what you all do in 2024!

1) In-patient Orthopaedic Occupational Therapy Team at Leicester's Hospitals.
2) Johra and Ariane from from the Elders Therapy team at Homerton Hospital.
3) Third Year BSc Occupational Therapy students at University of East Anglia (UEA).
4) Occupational Therapy Apprentices at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Photos from Royal College of Occupational Therapists's post 21/12/2023

Amazing festive work from the occupational therapy team at St Luke's - Sheffield's Hospice.🎄🌿❤️

As part of their nature prescribing activities, the people they work with have been making Christmas wreaths using materials found in their gardens.

21/12/2023

The last OTnews of 2023 is here and it's an exciting one! Here's what to expect! 👇🏼👇🏾👇🏻

🌟 We hear from those involved in the consultation and development process for our Equity, Diversity and Belonging Strategy.
🌟 A look at the University of Southampton’s developing action on allyship within its occupational therapy programme.
🌟 We hear from Melissa Chieza, Clare Copley and Josie Holding about their experiences with student mental health and the role of occupational therapy in university student support services.

👉🏿 Find out more: https://loom.ly/wn7FG10

Let #RCOT2024's discussions begin - RCOT 21/12/2023

Have you got something you'd like to share at our 2024 Annual Conference? 🤩

You've got one month to submit your abstract or session proposal and start building with us!

👇🏾 Learn more about our themes.
🗓️ Submissions are open until 11.59pm, Sunday 21 January 2024.

Let #RCOT2024's discussions begin - RCOT

21/12/2023

📧 Stay up to date with our equity, diversity and belonging work. Sign up to our mailing list: https://loom.ly/ZCsGfeY

You'll be first to know when we update on resources and hear more about what we're doing to deliver our strategy.

20/12/2023

A huge congratulations to Janice McClymont on receiving a 2023 Merit Award. 🏅

Our Merit Awards recognise a significant achievement someone has made in their sphere of work. It’s a recognition by peers of excellence and their special contribution to the profession.

[Video description: Janice is on the left and RCOT Chair of Council Odeth Richardson on the right, they both hold onto a certificate in a frame. The audio is of Janice speaking about their work as an occupational therapist.]

Help us strengthen our governance - RCOT 20/12/2023

Work with us in shaping the way we communicate, engage and consult with members. 🔎

Council is leading a review of our governance so that we can be a more responsive, focused and efficient organisation, able to deliver the greatest impact for our members and the wider profession.

Learn more and complete the form by Monday 8 January. ⬇️

Help us strengthen our governance - RCOT

Launch event: your new CPD portfolio! - RCOT 19/12/2023

Have you set up your CPD portfolio yet? 🙋🏿

Your RCOT membership now includes access to your very own CPD portfolio, provided by CPDme - CPD Portfolio Building Made Simple.

Learn more at our launch event on Tuesday 9 January 2024.

Launch event: your new CPD portfolio! - RCOT

19/12/2023

'I think it's a great step forward.' Thank you Rachel Booth-Gardiner for sharing this.

Have you read our new Equity, Diversity and Belonging Strategy yet? Find it here: https://loom.ly/wZfypIo

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Our Story

RCOT is the professional membership body for occupational therapy staff in the UK.

We also run the #RCOT2019 Annual Conference, which is the premier CPD experience where cutting-edge research findings are delivered and practice excellence is shared. It celebrates the successes of occupational therapy and addresses the health and social care developments that will impact on the profession. Book today at www.rcotannualconference.co.uk

Videos (show all)

Meet the Professional Advisory Service. 👋🏾More than an enquiry service, they are on hand for support, advice and informa...
You can now find a British Sign Language version of our Equity, Diversity and Belonging (EDB) Strategy on our website: h...
A huge congratulations to Tracey Elder, winner of The Constance Owens Early Researcher Award 2023. 🤩We loved hearing abo...
Is your New Year's resolution to stay up to date with your continuing professional development (CPD) recording? 📋As an R...
'Together, we’ll create an organisation and profession that we can all be proud of.' Last year, we released our Equity, ...
Change the profession in 2024. Apply for our Research Foundation Grant. 🤩➡️ Don't miss your opportunity to submit your p...
A very merry Christmas to all who are celebrating. 🎄[Video description: Presents under a tree; there's a sparkling effec...
A huge congratulations to Janice McClymont on receiving a 2023 Merit Award. 🏅Our Merit Awards recognise a significant ac...
'I think it's a great step forward.' Thank you Rachel Booth-Gardiner for sharing this. Have you read our new Equity, Div...
Are you a final year occupational therapy student or a recent graduate? 🧑🏽‍🎓 Then this is the opportunity for you! 🤩Deve...
🎄❄️ The festive season is almost upon us.Our offices will be closed from Friday 22 December at 5pm until Tuesday 2 Janua...
A huge congratulations to Jo Vallom-Smith on receiving a 2023 Merit Award. 🏅Our Merit Awards recognise a significant ach...

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