Annual Conference

Share your experience; share your passion

College of Occupational Therapists

39th Annual Conference and Exhibition 


The only UK peer reviewed conference for the profession

30 June -2 July 2015 

Brighton Centre, Brighton, Sussex 


Plans for the 2015 Annual Conference are well underway. 


319 abstracts have been received. The submitted abstracts cover a wide range of subjects including: social services; older care/physical; dementia; mental health and emerging roles.  

The Specialist Section - Work annual conference will be running alongside the College's conference programme  and will focus on the latest research and best practice on supporting people to remain in, return to, or obtain employment.

The social care stream will run again, with topics including; Integration, the Care Act and Developing skills for social care sector.

As 2015 is a general election year. Find out what the new political leaders are considering for health and social care. 


Confirmed speakers include:


Suzanne Rastrick, Chief Allied Health Profession Officer, NHS England, Suzanne will predict the future direction of occupational therapy following the 2015 General Election. 

Dr Maud Graff, Assistant Professor, Senior researcher, Health Scientist and Occupational Therapist, Redbud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen, The Netherlands for the Department of Rehabilitation & the Scientific Institute for Quality of Healthcare & Radboud Alzheimer Centre

Dr Jennifer Wenborn, VALID Programme Manager, University College London, c/o Dementia Research Centre, Research & Development Department, North East London NHS Foundation Trust

Professor John Bolton, Independent consultant, JRFB Ltd and visiting Professor, Institute of Public Care, Oxford Brookes University

Professor Stephen Bevan, Director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at The Work Foundation and an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University.


Highlights from The College of Occupational Therapists 2014 Annual Conference 


The College of Occupational Therapists 38th Annual Conference took place in Brighton. Feedback confirmed that Conference was a fantastic opportunity to engage with the breadth and the resourcefulness of the occupational therapy profession. Delegates were able to hear national leaders challenge the profession and share their vision for the future direction of occupational therapy.

Occupational therapists working in social care benefited from a dedicated stream that had a combination of key national policy makers and practicing occupational therapists sharing their experiences and successes. Below are some presentations that were delivered at conference, and more will be added in due course. You can also review the conference app for more details of all the sessions. And if want an insight of what the delegates were enjoying at conference visit the #COT2014 twitter feed.

For more information about the annual conference visit the conference microsite.



Linda Hindle

AHPs an integral part of the public health workforce

Linda Hindle, Allied Health Professions Lead, Public Health England





Iain Carpenter

Health Informatics 2014: A Clinical View

Professor Iain Carpenter, Royal College of Physicians




Candace ImisonFuture trends in health and social care
Implications for Occupational Therapy

Candace Imison, Deputy Director of Policy, The Kings Fund




Jeremy Taylor

People shaping services

Jeremy Taylor, CEO, National Voices




Emily Wallace

Get ready for the 2015 general election
achieving impact and influence

Emily Wallace, Director, Connect Communications



Paul BurstowThe pursuit of ‘happiness’. From care home to my home

Paul Burstow, MP and Chair of The Commission on Residential Care




Rachael Dodgson

Our priorities for adult social care

Rachael Dodgson, Head of Adult Social Care Policy Care Quality Commission




Dr Glen Mason

The occupational therapy role in delivering social care in the next five years

Glen Mason, Director of People, Communities and Local Government Department of Health



Julia Skelton

The Care Act: Reforming care and support - Part 1

The Care Act: Assessment and eligibility - Part 2

Julia Skelton, Director of Professional Operations, College of Occupational Tharapists




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