Occupational therapy

Occupational therapists (OTs) work with adults and older people. OTs can help if you are having difficulty with day-to-day tasks or if you might be at risk of harm, or at risk of losing your independence.

Occupational therapists are regulated by the Health Professions Council, who hold a register of all those people who are eligible to practice.


Occupational therapy services for children and young people are provided by your local health service through the Children’s Integrated Occupational Therapy Service.

Help and benefits

We will talk to you to get full information about your needs. This may result in:

  • referring you to a more appropriate service;
  • giving you advice over the telephone;
  • arranging to visit you at home; or
  • a combination of these actions.

We will work with you to agree a plan of action that meets your needs. This may be through:

  • suggesting alternative ways of completing a task;
  • loaning specialist equipment;
  • recommending minor building adaptations such as grab rails; or
  • recommending grant support for major adaptations to make your home more suitable for independent living.

You can access occupational therapy if your care and support plan shows that this would help you.