Informatics and digital technologies

Informatics is an integral part of professional practice, and there is an ongoing challenge for occupational therapists to keep up to date with the rapid pace of change in information and communication technologies and the management of information. 

Occupational therapy informatics – a strategic vision

RCOT has a strategic vision and implementation plan for occupational therapy informatics (2015-2025) which was developed in collaboration with members.

The strategic vision sets out the key areas of informatics that are important to occupational therapy practice, commissioning occupational therapy services, occupational therapy research and education.
The key areas in relation to occupational therapists are:

  • Using digital care records
  • Understanding established and new information technologies
  • Having a professional level of digital literacy

Occupational therapists should familiarise themselves with the Strategy, and the recommendations within the implementation plan, to ensure that informatics is an integral part of their professional practice. Download the Strategic Vision and Implementation Plan:

Occupational therapy terminology - supporting professional practice

The routine use of occupational therapy terminology in record keeping is one of the essential information building blocks that can support the profession to measure, evaluate and demonstrate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions with service users and carers. Details about the national sets of terms for use by occupational therapists and information about (SNOMED CT) can be found at:

Involvement in national activities

The College is represented on the National AHP Informatics Strategy Team (NAHPIST) whose purpose is to provide strategic leadership to promote the use of information technologies, the collection of high quality data, and the use of information to enable Allied Health Professionals to improve person-centred care and service user experience across health and social care sectors in the UK.