Occupational therapists could deliver both
health and social care in future under proposals from the College
of Occupational Therapists.
In a consultation document launched this week
the College suggests a community-based “general” practitioner model
whereby occupational therapists can cross the divide and deliver
both health and social care services.
Occupational therapists are the only health
care profession to be employed within both the NHS and local
authority social services, and the college has been working to
guide the commissioners and service managers who are trying to
integrate occupational therapy services.
– To comment on the Strategy for
Modernising Occupational Therapy Services go to www.cot.org.uk