RCOT SS - Independent Practice

We support occupational therapists working in the independent sector

RCOT SS - Independent Practice represents occupational therapists who are self-employed or work for employers outside of the NHS and local authority sector - including private occupational therapy practices, housing associations, equipment manufacturers and retailers, private medical facilities and insurance companies. 

Joining RCOTSS-Independent Practice will offer you the following benefits:

  • The chance to attend one of our Start-up Training Workshops if you’re thinking about moving into independent practice or have already taken the first steps.
  • A unique opportunity to market your practice to potential customers with a listing in our popular online directory of independent occupational therapists
  • Discounts on a range of business services, including indemnity insurance.
  • Information, including our Start Up Pack for new members, our bi-monthly e-newsletter, briefing papers, email updates, our telephone helpline and our email enquiry service.
  • Opportunities to keep up-to-date with developments in the sector and meet other independent occupational therapists by attending our annual conference and/or joining one of our regional networks.
  • Ongoing training and professional development opportunities to help you constantly improve the quality of the services you provide to your clients.

We also have a Medico-legal Forum, which provides support and advice for members working as independent witnesses in the legal system.

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Become a member

Benefits of Membership include:

  • We organise an annual conference to keep you up-to-date with your professional practice and it's a great networking opportunity
  • An established 'look before you leap' programme to support new members entering into the world of independent practice
  • Regional meetings and study days as well as regional reps that are available to support you
  • Monthly e-updates to keep you up to date with the latest developments in our sector
  • Entry onto our new directory that will allow members of the public or commercial companies to search for you by geographical area or specialism
  • A dedicated helpline for the public to gain easy access to independent occupational therapists registered on our directory
  • A range of specially negotiated services for our members e.g. Access to the DLF index (75% reduction)
  • Reduction for members on conference attendance
  • We actively promote the benefits of independent occupational therapy at many national events.

Why do the public want to find and use RCOT SS - Independent Practice members?

  • Membership of a Specialist Section is considered best practice in your career as an occupational therapist
  • Our members are all RCOT members and HCPC registered
  • Our members have access to peer support and professional updates
  • We are affiliated to the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the professional body in the UK for all occupational therapists

How do I join?

We welcome membership from occupational therapists new to independent practice, those who are considering it in the future or those already established but looking for additional networking and support.