How we are run

The British Association and Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) are committed to promoting the unique value and benefits of occupational therapy to the public, service commissioners and political representatives.

We work to ensure the profession's rightful place in health and social care delivery and encourage our members to play an active role as ambassadors for the profession.

The British Association of Occupational Therapists is the professional body representing the diverse and thriving community of occupational therapy staff across the UK.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) is a registered charity and wholly owned subsidiary of the Association, which acts on behalf of all members of the Association. We set the professional and educational standards for the occupational therapy profession and represent the profession at national and international levels. RCOT plays a crucial role in promoting the profession and meeting the professional needs of occupational therapy staff in the UK.

RCOT's activities include:

  • Accrediting pre-registration training courses
  • Endorsing  training opportunities
  • Supporting research into the cost benefits of occupational therapy
  • Responding to Government consultations in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Providing specialist resources for RCOT members' Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Influencing the commissioners of health and social services
  • Supporting member activity in regional and local groups
  • Publishing the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, the only monthly peer-reviewed occupational therapy journal
  • Producing OTnews, our monthly news magazine for RCOT members
  • Producing key publications on areas of practice

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Annual Reviews and Strategic Intentions

Download our annual accounts and a copy of our 5-year strategic plan, entitled Strategic Intentions (covering the period from October 2013 up to and including September 2018.)