Occupational therapy briefing produced to mark Advanced Practice Week

The second ever Advanced Practice Week in the UK has been taking place the week of November 11th-17th, and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) has marked the occasion with the introduction of a new advanced clinical practice briefing.

It has been produced to provide occupational therapists with an overview across the whole of the UK of the various challenges faced by staff in the sector, as well as including guidance on how to tackle them.

The guide is part of a week in which RCOT members have been providing an array of information in various ways, including live tweeting from the Showcasing AHP Advanced Practice and Innovation across London event and the 2018 Shaping the Future conference on the topic of the future of consultant and advanced practice.

Advanced Practice Week follows on from Occupational Therapy Week 2018, which took place earlier this month (November 5th-11th) and helped raise the profile of the profession across different parts of the UK.

In Wales, the week included an event at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff, which was attended by cabinet secretary for health and social care services Vaughan Gething, as well as health and social care spokesperson for Plaid Cymru Helen Mary Jones, member for lifelong learning and Welsh Eluned Morgan and cabinet secretary for education Kirsty Williams.

RCOT policy officer for Wales Dai Davies added: “It was [a] fantastic opportunity for occupational therapists from all over Wales to tell Assembly members about the great work that we do.”

The week also saw a similar event at Stormont, attended by members of the Northern Ireland Assembly. It was sponsored by Paula Bradshaw MLA, who expressed delight at the “great turn out” of political representatives.

Both events were part of further attempts to promote occupational therapy across the UK by raising awareness of the role and importance of the profession to healthcare.

Written by Alex Franklin Stortford