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Changing lives, changing practice: occupational therapy in social work, enabling independent living in Scotland

This report aims to explore the contribution that occupational therapy makes to social work services and the profession’s potential contribution to the government’s vision for Scotland. It identifies best practice and opportunities to improve the provision and quality of occupational therapy within social work services.

The report draws together evidence from a 2006 survey of occupational therapists working in social work services in Scotland (COT 2006a), commissioned by the College of Occupational Therapists (the College) through its Scottish Board, and from a range of other documents, reports and relevant literature. It is informed by a project reference group and steering group who have identified, in consultation with the college, the next steps required to ensure that occupational therapy can fully contribute to the transformation of social work services in Scotland.

Dr Jill Riley
College of Occupational Therapists