Whilst Occupational Therapy has been established in the UK since the Second World War some of its principles are rooted in the medical practices of ancient times.

  • Occupational Therapy principles and theories are linked to the medical, psychological and social/cultural sciences as well as the philosophical and spiritual sciences.
  • An Occupational Therapist assesses the physical, psychological and social function of the individual and identifies areas of ability, difficulty and need.
  • All interventions involve working with the person using a structured programme of activities to overcome any dysfunction, enabling them to engage in their desired or required occupations.
  • Activities selected will reflect the individual's personal, social, cultural, spiritual, economic and environmental circumstances.
  • An Occupational Therapist works in collaboration with members from statutory and non-statutory organisations to facilitate the individual's independence and quality of life.

What is occupational therapy?

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