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Diverse roles for Occupational Therapists


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ISBN: 9781910451069

November 2016 • M&K Publishing


Edited by:

Jane Clewes MClinRes, MA, PgDip, CertMHS, DipCOT, FHEA Practiced as an Occupational Therapist for over 30 years, working in a variety of mental health clinical settings, different roles and organisations. She edited Mental Health Occupational Therapy for some years, has worked as a lecturer, and is a Valued Friend of the College of Occupational Therapists. She recently worked as a ‘Mental Health Professional’, a generic post, in liaison psychiatry, and currently is employed full-time as a Best Interests Assessor.


Rob Kirkwood D.OccT, MSc, PgDipOT, BA(Hons) Worked in the NHS since qualifying as an Occupational Therapist in 2002. Rob worked initially in adult mental health before moving to Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) where he has worked as both a clinical specialist occupational therapist and a Primary Mental Health Worker (PMHW) for the past eight years. During this time, Rob has also completed a professional doctorate in occupational therapy at the University of Brighton; utilising participatory action research methods to develop cooperative inquiries with young people with hearing impairment.

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Occupational therapists get everywhere it would seem and this book is testament to the breadth of roles being undertaken by occupational therapists in the UK today. The diversity of practice settings that appear to be available to occupational therapists is certainly a strong factor that draws people in to the profession. It will undoubtedly be a key reason why you are reading this book as well.



The reader may wish to turn straight to a specific chapter describing an area they themselves work in or have thought about, or browse the chapters to find practical guidance that may fuel their inspiration for future career prospects.  This book offer a rich context from which to reflect upon your own experience, broaden your understanding and triangulate your knowledge.


Contents include:


  • Occupational therapists as care coordinators
  • Occupational therapists and assertive outreach
  • Occupational therapists working in a Crisis Home Treatment Team
  • Occupational therapy on a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Prison inreach: the occupational therapist role
  • Social groups within an intensive mental health team, and creative methods for evaluating the service
  • Occupational therapists delivering Recovery
  • Occupational therapists delivering rehabilitation
  • Roles in vocational rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapists delivering assistive technology
  • The child and adolescent primary mental health work role
  • Enabling young people’s participation in their mental health service
  • Working with families
  • Early intervention with psychosis: the occupational therapist’s role
  • Working with people with personality disorder
  • Working with people with eating disorders
  • Occupational therapists as cognitive behaviour therapists
  • Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
  • The Approved Mental Health Professional role
  • Roles associated with the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • The occupational therapist as an advanced practitioner
  • Research roles for occupational therapists


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