Share information, network and promote good practice
The Specialist Sections’ main aims are to:
- raise awareness and promote the development of knowledge and skills
- promote and enable continuing professional development (CPD)
- promote research and support the use of evidence to inform practice
- disseminate information and provide communication networks
- support members new to the practice area
- function as a resource to provide expertise at national and local levels
- act as advisors and influencers for and on behalf of the profession and the College
Why join a Specialist Section?
- access to a UK wide network of occupational therapists working in your specialist area and opportunities to meet like minded people
- expert professional knowledge and resources to support you in practice
- receive up to date news, via newsletters, bulletins, social media, website and journals
- professional development and opportunities to attend conferences, learning events and study days
- reduced Specialist Section membership rates for learning events
- most Specialist Sections offer grants for research, professional development and events
- information and advice from free publications dedicated to your area of practice, including briefings, evidence based guidelines, advice, best practice information, research
- Clinical Forums which are dedicated, speciality sub groups providing support, networking, clinical leadership and lobbying
- opportunities to get involved in policy, practice, strategy, briefings, to develop practice guidelines and leadership skills
Members can find out more about the benefits of joining a specialist section by reading our briefing: Information for Specialist Sections, along with the Specialist Sections Annual Report 2011-2012.
Who can join a Specialist Section?
All British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) members can be members of the Specialist Sections.
How much does it cost?
There is an annual fee to join a Specialist Section, but they do vary by Specialist Section. You can claim tax relief on 75% of your BAOT and Specialist Sections’ fees if you are a UK tax payer.
Can I belong to more than one Specialist Section?
Yes, you can belong to as many Specialist Sections as you want.
How do I join?
Complete a membership form for the relevant Specialist Section which can be downloaded from the individual Specialist Sections pages.
- Children, Young People & Families
- HIV AIDS, Oncology & Palliative Care
- Independent Practice
- Mental Health
- Neurological Practice
- Older People
- People with Learning Disabilities
- Trauma & Orthopeadic
Get involved Join a Specialist Section to support your CPD
- Increase your knowledge
- Share and develop your Practice
- Download the leaflet which offers more information.
Benefits of joining
- Access to a national network of Occupational Therapists working in a specialist area of practice.
- Information, newsletters, email bulletins, website
- Access to study events and conferences.
- Funding opportunities.
- Opportunities to contribute to UK policy, practice guidelines and practice development.