OT AMHPs face ‘catalogue of prejudice and misunderstanding’, says COT
Occupational therapists who wish to be approved mental health practitioners (AMHPs) face a ‘catalogue of prejudice and misunderstanding’, according to a COT submission on AMHP training programmes.
New COT guideline on the use of occupation in secure settings published
New guidelines published today by the College of Occupational Therapists highlights occupational therapy's unique roles in improving the outlook for mentally disordered offenders and patients in secure units.
Sept/Oct update from COT
September and October 2012 involved COT responding to a request from the British Association of Social Workers about whether occupational therapists are aware if social workers are being withdrawn from community teams.
Stroke and mental health lead September’s BJOT
September’s edition of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy is on its way to members, with two articles apiece on stroke and mental health.
A piece of research on OT predischarge home visits for patients with a stroke looks at what the state of national practice is, while a critical review is conducted into measures to evaluate participation outcomes post-stroke.
OTs and animators come together for ground-breaking event
A co-founder of Wallace and Gromit creators Aardman and an OT who worked on Cbeebies hit Tree Fu Tom are among the speakers at a one-day training event later this month.
Hippotherapy, the Casson lecture and more in August’s BJOT
Two articles with an animal slant to OT are in August’s issue of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy.
A study of hippotherapy – which is based on the characteristic movements of a horse – examines the effect the therapy had on a 6-year-old child with cerebral palsy.
July and August Mental Health update
July and August can feel like slow Summer months when we recover from the successes of the COT annual conference and hopefully have a summer holiday! Despite that, work has continued to contribute to the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) project about the impact of debt and mental health.
Work makes agenda for AHPs in Scotland
The consultation on the plan did not mention work or vocational rehabilitation, despite key reports on the topic being published for the Scottish Government in recent months (OTnews, June).
COT responded to the consultation that it was an oversight to leave it out of the crucial planning document.
Occupational therapy changing lives for local people with mental health problems
Visitors to the UK’s Occupational Therapy Conference on 12–14 June will hear how occupational therapy is improving lives for local people with mental health problems. Mental health is a major priority in Scotland with the recent launch of a 4-year strategy to improve mental health outcomes and the launch of 100 new dementia champions to help drive up standards of care.