An Occupational Therapist engages with people to enable them to live as independently as possible. They work with a range of people including those who have physical, mental and/or social problems, either from birth or as the result of accident, illness or ageing and are aware of the impact that change in circumstances can have on individuals' independence and confidence. They work with children and young people helping them to develop despite physical, mental or social restrictions, to optimise their capabilities. They work with family and carers to assist with their comfort and safety.
An Occupational Therapist will work with a person to design a programme of treatment based on the individual's unique lifestyle and preferences, sometimes modifying the environment surrounding the person. Enhancing someone's ability to participate in everyday activities is a central part of occupational therapy.
Occupational Therapists work alongside a team of other health professionals including Speech and Language Therapists and Physiotherapists, Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers as well as Teachers.
Health based Occupational Therapy staff can be accessed via doctors or special schools. Social care based Occupational Therapists can be accessed via OT Direct 8:30AM -5:30PM on 0845 600 4555, or via email.
The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF)-for parents, carers and healthcare professionals