Scotland

Key areas of activity for RCOT in Scotland

As services across health and social care in Scotland are being reshaped and redesigned we want to:

  • make the best use of occupational therapy resources
  • deliver real occupationally based and person centred outcomes for people
  • enable the people who urgently need our services to access them in a timely manner
  • improve public health by promoting healthier lifestyles

See the Allied Health Professionals National Delivery Plan for more information.

Promoting the benefits of occupational therapy

We promote the benefits of occupational therapy in:

  • financial savings by preventing unnecessary hospital admissions for older people and reducing the cost of care in the home
  • better outcomes for people by supporting their independence and recovery from illness through person centred care
  • supporting national health and care strategies like the Dementia Strategy, Reshaping Care for Older People and the Intermediate Care Framework
  • the contribution occupational therapists make to addressing health inequalities in community care, public health, housing and community justice

Maintaining an occupational therapy workforce

We support an occupational therapy workforce that is fit for purpose:

  • enough occupational therapists to meet the needs of the community
  • professional and strategic leadership
  • the right mix of grades and skills in occupational therapy services
  • working with other professionals in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams

View all our policy responses.

Supporting you to engage with policy and legislation affecting occupational therapy in Scotland

  • Sign up for the BAOT/RCOT Scotland e-news with information on RCOTs influencing and profile raising activities. You will also find information on what the RCOT Community in Scotland is doing
  • If you are representing occupational therapy on any Government groups, please get in touch with PolicyOfficer.Scotland@rcot.co.uk to link you to appropriate advisers and experts in RCOT
  • People's stories are very compelling in influencing opinion as to the value of occupational therapy to the public, or to employers when budgets are tight. Contact PolicyOfficer.Scotland@rcot.co.uk if you have a story you would like to share.