What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health and social care profession, regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Occupational Therapy takes a “holistic” (whole person) approach to both mental and physical health and enables individuals to achieve their full potential.
It provides practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. This support increases people’s independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.
“Occupation” as a term refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be essential or voluntary day-to-day tasks within self-care, work or leisure.
What do Occupational Therapists do?
Occupational Therapists play a critical role in helping people of all ages overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, ageing or accident so that they can carry out everyday tasks or occupations.
An Occupational Therapist will consider all of the individual’s needs – physical, psychological, social and environmental. This support can make a real difference giving people a renewed sense of purpose, opening up new horizons and changing the way they feel about themselves and the future.