Northern and Yorkshire region

The Northern and Yorkshire region of RCOT needs your help to ensure the region continues to flourish.

By joining us you will gain skills to nurture your personal development and future career aspirations as well as meeting other members and expanding your professional and social networks.

Committee members:

  • Chairman: Brett Lambert
  • Secretary: Sonia Rooney
  • Treasurer: Mary Booth
  • Careers Promotion Lead: Keith Norman
  • UK RCOT Regional Forum Lead: Sarah-Jayne Berry
  • Regional Communications and Social Media Lead: Mandy Graham and Vikki Barry
  • Membership Networks Lead: Vacant
  • Unison: Sushil Munakhya

Committee meeting dates:

  • Wednesday 2nd  Aug 2017

Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: West Park Hospital, Edward Pease Way, Darlington, DL2 2TS.
For further details please email:


Royal College of Occupational Therapist (RCOT) Strategic Intentions 2018-2023 - Have Your Say!
Wednesday August 2nd 2017 10:00-12:00hrs
West Park Hospital, Edward Pease Way, Darlington, DL2 2TS

Julia Scott, CEO of RCOT, will be facilitating a discussion to seek your views on the next five year strategic plan for RCOT. This is an opportunity for members and non-members to express their views and connect with the national team.

Think about the following questions and make sure your views are heard:

  1. What is likely to impact of the profession in the next 5-10 years?
  2. ​What should the professional body focus on going forward?

Following Julia’s facilitated discussion, the Regional Committee would like to invite you to remain with us and share your views on networking, CPD and other opportunities offered within the region over the coming year. Non-members are welcome to engage and express their views on RCOT and discuss what the national and regional group could do to support their future engagement.

Help your regional committee shape RCOT’s work plan for the next five years and play an important role in determining the College’s activities and direction.

Due to limited capacity of the venue please reserve a free ticket via Eventbrite.

If you cannot attend the event but would still like to give your feedback on the two questions please email: RCOT Northern and Yorkshire region

RCOT Northern and Yorkshire regional roadshow
Date: Thursday 28th September 2017
Time: 12:30-16:00hrs
Theme: Championing Occupational Therapy
Venue: Flatts Lane Centre, Flatts Lane, Middlesborough, Cleveland, TS6 0SZ
Open to RCOT members and non-members.

RCOT Roadshows are annual events hosted by RCOT regions for all occupational therapists, occupational therapy staff and occupational therapy students and is designed to ensure attendees are confident and equipped to engage with the Occupational Therapy Improving Lives, Saving Money Campaign and to sign post our members to available RCOT resources to evidence the value of their service. 

The roadshow will cover the key recommendations from the College's report Reducing the Pressure on Hospitals – the Value of Occupational Therapy and next steps for the campaign. Members will be asked to identify who they need to talk to and discuss ways of influencing locally, messages they can tailor locally and outcomes they want to achieve.

In the session we will explore how to:

  • Promote the value of occupational therapy to managers and commissioners and service users.
  • Identify key messages about their service
  • Write a patient story
  • Engage with local and social media

By the close of the roadshow participants will:

  • Have knowledge of RCOT resources to evidence the value of their services
  • Be able to use the RCOT campaign materials for local influencing with the commissioners, managers and service users
  • Understand how to contact and work with local media

Book a place today! Booking closes on 21/9/17 and places will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Tea and coffee are provided throughout the afternoon.


Find out more

Northern and Yorkshire regional e-Newsletter

The Northern and Yorkshire region produces an e-Newsletter which is circulated by email to all members with the region.

Latest issue

July 2017

Previous issues:

RCOT E-Bulletin

The Northern and Yorkshire region produces a regular E-Bulletin which is circulated in-between e-Newsletters by email to all members within the region.

All members in the Northern and Yorkshire region should receive E-Bulletins. If you have not, please log onto your RCOT account to check your email preferences, that your correspondence email is correct and check the spam folder in your mailbox.

Get Involved

Contacting UNISON

RCOT members can access UNISON services via local staff stewards. If you do not have a UNISON staff steward then contact your UNISON Branch Secretary by telephoning 0800 0857 857.

Lifelong Learning Grants

Looking for alternative funding option for CPD? Consider applying for a Lifelong Learning Grant (LLG). The grants are not used to fund pre-registration training (i.e. Degrees, MSc. courses), but provide financial support to enable members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) to participate in short courses, workshops, conferences or other activities related to their continuous professional development and the promotion of the profession.

Funding can be used to contribute to or cover the fees for the course/activity/event but does not cover the cost of travel and subsistence. Individuals will be able to claim up to a maximum of £200 and successful applicants will be required to submit a report/article (minimum 500 words) within one month of the end of the event, giving feedback on the activity and how it benefited their practice. 

Applications will be approved twice a year and the closing date for applications are:

  • Friday 28th July 2017

Lifelong Learning Grant Application form

Please send applications and enquiries to: