Urgent care: the value of occupational therapy (England)

Royal College of Occupational Therapists
Royal College of Occupational Therapists
Publication date:
01 November 2015


Contained within this report are key facts that demonstrate how occupational therapists improve lives and save the NHS and local government money. Many of the College of Occupational Therapists’ 30,000 plus members work in the NHS, and all occupational therapy students will have placements in NHS settings. Increasingly, occupational therapists are moving to the forefront of healthcare services, supporting people to stay well, to remain at home and, if they have to come to hospital, to be swiftly assessed, treated and discharged home. This significant report delivers key information regarding the valuable contribution occupational therapists make to primary care, accident and emergency departments, critical care and other specialist settings and agencies such as housing and reablement teams. Alongside information regarding the specialist skills occupational therapists offer, there are also service user stories and costed service examples.