Monday 7th November 2022
This OT week, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists will be launching a campaign to raise the profile of Occupational Therapy, called ‘Lift Up Your Everyday’. This campaign aims to give people the knowledge to make changes that will have a positive impact on their lives – it’s always easier with a little help from an expert.
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy helps you live your best life at home, at work – and everywhere else. It’s about being able to do the things you want and have to do. That could mean helping you overcome challenges learning at school, going to work, playing sport or simply doing the dishes. Everything is focused on your wellbeing and your ability to participate in activities.
It’s also a science-based, health and social care profession that’s regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council.
What does an Occupational Therapist do?
An occupational therapist helps people of all ages overcome challenges completing everyday tasks or activities – what we call ‘occupations’.
Occupational therapists see beyond diagnoses and limitations to hopes and aspirations. They look at relationships between the activities you do every day – your occupations – alongside the challenges you face and your environment.
Then, they create a plan of goals and adjustments targeted at achieving a specific set of activities. The plan is practical, realistic and personal to you as an individual, to help you achieve the breakthroughs you need to elevate your everyday life.
This support can give people a renewed sense of purpose. It can also open up new opportunities and change the way people feel about the future.
Who do Occupational Therapists work with?
Occupational therapists work with adults and children of all ages who have a wide range of conditions.
Most commonly, they help those living with mental health conditions, or physical or learning disabilities. And you’ll find them helping people live their best life in health organisations, social care services, housing, education and voluntary organisations”.
Find out more about Occupational Therapy here - https://www.rcot.co.uk/about-occupational-therapy/what-is-occupational-therapy