Ireland National OT News Archive

News from Ireland,November 2015.

March 2015 saw a new Council elected at the AOTI Annual General Meeting. Our new chairperson is Ms. Pauline Burke and the new Vice Chair is Ms Mary O’Kelly. Both can be contacted at

Eleven of the twelve Council positions were filled and currently AOTI Council have invited members to consider co-option onto Council for the remainder of the year.

We continue to have four Directors of AOTI which are required as AOTI is a limited company.

Council have a number of Committee’s and Advisory Groups that all carry out various responsibilities and roles on behalf of the Association. They are too numerous to mention but can be viewed on the AOTI website –

On March 31st 2015, CORU the regulatory body for Health and Social Care Professions in Ireland, opened its registration for OT’s. Current practising OT’s in Ireland have a two year period in which to register, up to March 31st 2017, and then it will be mandatory to be registered in order to practice.

For therapists with qualifications from outside of Ireland, as and from March 31st 2015, therapists have to apply to CORU directly in order to have their qualification recognised to allow them to practice here. Contact details for CORU are

We are looking forward to the 1st COTEC/ENOTHE Congress in Galway in June 2016!

News from Ireland, August 2011

New AOTI Council
AOTI have recently appointed its new Council with a new Chairperson, Mr. Odhrán Allen and Vice Chairperson, Ms. Phil Dunne. They can be contacted at

Continuing Professional Development
AOTI have a number of OT specific and interprofessional CPD workshops planned for the coming year. These include:
– a two day interdisciplinary workshop on Basic Research Skills
– a multi day course on Practice Based Research for OTs
– specialised lymphoedema training for OTs and Physiotherapists
– interdisciplinary workshops in Pain management
– a workshop for OT and Speech and Language Therapy managers in Leadership Supervision
– a Team Working in Early Intervention workshop for managers
– a phased complex seating workshop available to OTs and Physiotherapists.

Planning for these workshops is currently underway and more details regarding registration will become available on

The CPD committee of AOTI has been very active in reviewing and adapting the current CPD system used in the Association. We have been working to develop a more concrete system for recording CPD and developing procedures regarding audit of CPD engagement.

Professional Supervision
Our National Occupational Therapy Manager’s Advisory Group has developed a document on Professional Supervision for Occupational Therapists. This has been converted to an e-learning module and is now available on under the Learning Programmes section.

Restrictive Practices and People with Intellectual Disabilities
The Intellectual Disabilities Advisory Group for AOTI have recently published a set of best practice guidelines for Occupational Therapists regarding Restrictive Practices and People with Intellectual Disabilities. This can be sourced on our website