Occupational Therapy Week

Promoting occupational therapy to the public

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Occupational Therapy Week is everyone’s opportunity to promote the ways in which our profession improves the lives of patients and service users, and helps to make the health and care system more efficient. The great news is that we are here to support you with everything you need to promote the #ValueOfOT in your organisation, your community or beyond.

OTWeek Packs

Please note the deadline for Occupational Therapy Week pack orders has now passed and we cannot fulfil any orders placed after the deadline. Please feel free to use the number of digital as well as print-ready resources further down this page that can be downloaded and used by all for Occupational Therapy Week promotional activities.

Find out more and get involved

The theme for this year

The theme this year is “I Am An Occupational Therapist”. There are lots of things that you can do within the theme – from inviting your senior management to a meeting to find out more about what you and your colleagues do or contacting the the local paper about the key challenges you face and the value you deliver,  to visiting schools to talk about careers, or holding a bake sale – any activity to promote the profession is encouraged. But Tte one thing we want everyone to do is to make sure that throughout the week and beyond you introduce yourself to all of your service users and patients as being an occupational therapist. Be loud and be proud!

Downloadable resources

We have also produced a range of content which you can both download (below) and print locally or use digitally or via social media channels.

We have a huge range of videos on our YouTube Channel including our recent film to promote the value of occupational therapy in Social Care, a film promoting occupational therapy as a career and a simple guide to how occupational therapy can help people.

You can also visit our dedicated Improving Lives, Saving Money campaign microsite to download an influencing toolkit which will help you to promote the value of your work to elected officials, commissioners and colleagues in your area.

Those working in children’s services can also download Miffy’s guide to occupational therapy. Do keep checking back to this page as we will be adding new content up until and throughout Occupational Therapy week.

How do I get involved?

If you are unsure about what to do to get involved with occupational therapy week, here are some ideas:

  • Speak to your organisation’s communication’s department about providing a blog or other content explaining what the occupational therapists in your organisation do.
  • Arrange for a table top space within your organisation’s buildings to explain to colleagues and service users about the value of occupational therapy and how it might help them or their patients or service users. The pens and balloons in the supporters pack will help you to hook people in! Many members bake up a storm and encourage people with tasty treats.
  • Think about holding your own tweet day, like we did back in March. Be sure to check out the HCPC’s new social media guidelines and if you work for an organisation speak to your communications department beforehand, they may be able to help you deliver the day or amplify tweets using corporate channels.
  • Many members go out into schools to promote occupational therapy as a fantastic career option and we have materials on our website to help you.
  • Request a slot to talk about our Improving Lives, Saving Money reports at team meetings using the PowerPoint templates we have created.
  • Write to your local elected official and ask them to recognise the value of occupational therapy. One member did this recently and was name checked by her local MP during a parliamentary debate. We have created letter templates to help.
  • Talk about your role and why you love being an occupational therapist across your social media channels using #ValueOfOT we will retweet and share the best from our accounts.
  • Whatever you do: DO SOMETHING!
Don’t forget, getting involved with Occupational Therapy Week will provide evidence for your CPD portfolio.

Advertise your OTWeek event on our website

Please fill out the form below and return it to Web.Team@rcot.co.uk to have your OTWeek event listed on the RCOT website.

Adaptable press release

Use our press release template to let your local press know what you are doing this OTWeek.

Please note that unless you are an independent practitioner you should not issue a press release without first having discussed it with your press office, communications department or senior leaders.