Professional standards for occupational therapy practice (2017)

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

The Professional standards for occupational therapy practice are produced by the College in consultation and collaboration with its members. They are developed in line with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) standards, in order to support members in meeting their requirements.

Professional Standards for Occupational Therapy Practice (2017)

Reviewed every five years, the standards are an essential and practical guide for all members of the occupational therapy profession. They should be read alongside the Code of ethics and professional conduct (COT 2015).

Together they describe a level of practice and a set of professional values and behaviours that the College expects its members to abide by, and believes all occupational therapy practitioners should follow. Equally, they provide a useful reference point for members of the public, employing organisations and others who need to be aware of the expectations of the professional body.