NICE has accredited the process used by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists to produce its practice guidelines. Accreditation is valid for five years from January 2013 and is applicable to guidance produced using the processes described in the Practice guideline development manual 3rd edition (2017).
More information on accreditation can be viewed on the NICE website.
RCOT Practice Guidelines are supported by an implementation toolkit consisting of a Quick Reference Guide and an Audit Form together with a Continuing Professional Development Session to assist occupational therapists and services in implementing the guidelines into practice.
Practice Guidelines currently available:
- Occupational therapy in neonatal services and early intervention
- Hand and wrist orthoses for adults with rheumatological conditions: practice guideline for occupational therapists (2015)
- Splinting for the prevention and correction of contractures in adults with neurological dysfunction: practice guideline for occupational therapists and physiotherapists (2015)
- Occupational Therapy in the prevention and management of falls in adults (2015)
- Occupational Therapists' Use of Occupation Focused Practice in Secure Hospitals (2017)
- Occupational Therapy for Adults Undergoing Total Hip Replacement (2012)
Practice Guidelines development process
The RCOT has a rigorous process for the development of practice guidelines for which governance is provided by the RCOT Practice Publications Group (PPG).
Practice Guidelines Development Manual
Full details of the guideline development process is available from:
- Practice Guideline Development Manual (3rd edition 2017)
- Getting involved in guideline development information (2015)
RCOT Practice Publications Group (PPG)
The PPG provide a quality assurance role in reviewing proposals and drafts produced by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists' Specialist Sections, Regional groups and other groups of members who wish to publish practice documents in collaboration with the RCOT.