Occupational therapists can be the ‘missing link’ between health and social care

College of Occupational TherapistsOccupational Therapy across both health and social care services will be showcased in Glasgow on 18 – 20 June as the Scottish Government moves forward with plans for integrated care.

Experts at the UK’s College of Occupational Therapists’ Conference at the SECC will share innovative examples of occupational therapy best practice spanning housing, vocational rehabilitation, mental health and older people’s services.   Headline speakers include advisors from the Scottish Government Judy Gibson, Health and Work Advisor and Jacqui Lunday Chief Health Professions Officer, herself a qualified occupational therapist.  Buddy Beat, a local award winning drumming group for people with mental health difficulties will also perform.

Occupational Therapists’ skills will be key to strategic plans for integration as set out in the Government’s Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill   Occupational Therapy helps people to mange day to day living including addressing their physical as well as mental health social and occupational needs.  It helps reduce pressure on hospital and overstretched NHS resources by facilitating discharge, identifying longer term needs and providing holistic person-centred care in the community.

Gaby Stewart, the College of Occupational Therapists’ Policy Officer in Scotland said:

“This is a critical time to put Occupational Therapy forward as a solution to preventative, cost effective care that doesn’t just focus on health needs but recognises that people have a wider range of needs that are interlinked, whether that’s getting back to work, caring for children or continuing the activities they enjoy. Occupational therapists are already trained in integrated, person-centred care and can be the missing link between health and social care delivery.”

The College of Occupational Therapists is the professional body for occupational therapists and support workers and is the voice of occupational therapy in the UK. We champion the unique and vital work of occupational therapy staff, promoting value, excellence and innovation across the profession. For more info visit www.cot.co.uk

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