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News from the United Kingdom, 2018

New publication: Occupational therapy and complexity: defining and describing practice

Launched at RCOT Annual Conference 2018, Occupational therapy and complexity: defining and describing practice is an essential reference point for all occupational therapists and students, and provides useful guidance for all working in partnership with occupational therapy.

This new publication is a product of extensive research carried out by the research team at Queen Margaret University and led by Dr Duncan Pentland. The publication describes and defines contemporary occupational therapy, and explores, expands and illustrates the unique complexity of the profession. It is clearly based upon, but goes beyond, previous work in this area and sets this within contemporary health and social care contexts.

Occupational therapy and complexity: defining and describing practice is available at


News from the United Kingdom, 2017

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) is the trading name and a subsidiary of the British Association of Occupational Therapists

British Journal of Occupational Therapy

The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, RCOT’s international academic research journal, has its 80th anniversary next year. Celebrations in 2018 include the launch of the BJOT Article Excellence Award and an online collection of articles to recognize this important milestone. The journal will be looking for additional Editorial Board members and advertising for a new Editor-in-Chief next year. International researchers are welcome to apply. For news, please follow @BJOTeditor or contact BJOTeditorial@rcot.co.uk

Improving Lives, Saving Money campaign

The College’s public affairs campaign to promote the value of the profession continues. It focuses on the value of occupational therapy with the aim of highlighting to commissioners and providers how occupational therapists can improve lives and save money for the public purse.

Two reports have been published:

Reducing the pressure in hospitals: the value of occupational therapy, which looks at how changing where occupational therapists are positioned in acute care can decrease emergencies admissions and aid speedier discharge. This is better for patients and can also give significant savings. The second report, Living not existing: putting prevention at the heart of care for older people demonstrates the effectiveness of occupational therapy with older people can enable people to remain independent at home for longer and be able to take part in the occupations that matter to them. This report is supported by a film aimed at members of the public and stakeholders, which is available here http://cotimprovinglives.com/improving- lives-saving-money-putting-prevention-heart-care-older-people/

Please find more information at www.cotimprovinglives.com The campaign is supported by social media activity using the #ValueofOT hashtag. Visitors can sign up to the campaign newsletter to receive news and updates.

Launch of the Career Development Framework: guiding principles for occupational therapy

The Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) Career Development Framework offers a set of guiding principles for planning careers and focusing learning and development. It is for all occupational therapy professionals including support workers, students and registered professionals. It is structured around four interacting Pillars of Practice (Professional Practice; Facilitation of Learning; Leadership; and Evidence, Research and Development), each with nine Career Levels.

Available to everyone as an interactive pdf, the RCOT Career Development Framework can be located at www.rcot.co.uk/careerdevelopmentframework. It is accompanied by an implementation guide offering advice on ways to use it from some of the hundreds of people who co-created it. RCOT members also benefit from exclusive access to related tools, templates and resources.

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