COT SS - Mental Health

We advocate a holistic approach towards clients with mental health problems

Mental Health
COT Specialist Section - Mental Health has a well-established network of members who support each other’s professional development, and work cooperatively to shape and influence mental health and well-being national policy.

Find out more about becoming a member and the membership benefits involved.

March 2015: COT Specialist Section - Mental Health Annual Conference

Date: 19th and 20th March 2015
Location: Liverpool

Recovering Ordinary Lives survey

Following a review of "Recovering ordinary lives: the strategy for occupational therapy in mental health services 2007 to 2017", the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) and its Specialist Section- Mental Health wish to map research capacity in mental health to promote research partnerships. 
This survey seeks to address this aim and is for occupational therapists and occupational therapy students who work or study in the UK and who have completed any primary or secondary research in mental health or have an interest in this area. 

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This survey is open from the 17th March 2015 until the 13th May 2015.

Mental Health Clinical Forums

Clinical Forums of COT Specialist Section - Mental Health facilitate debate, networking, innovation and news in a specific domain of practice. Clinical Forums have annual national study days that influence practice and support the Specialist Section. These study days also support CPD activity and the development of OT in mental health. Outcomes of the study day form part of the Specialist Section annual report.


Find out more about the Special interest Group for Eating Disorders and the Forensic Forum, which is concerned with those who have a history or risk of offending.


Regional subgroups

We currently have an active Regional Subgroup for Scotland, with groups for England, Northern Ireland and Wales in development.

Tips for students:

Find the: 10 Top tips for students who are about to undertake a practice placement with people with mental health problems



Recovering Ordinary Lives: COT wants your views about Impact, Progress and Next steps

Fri, 09/08/2013 - 15:18
Due to feedback from members, COT would like to produce an Interim Report about member’s views of the impact, progress and next steps for Recovering Ordinary Lives; the strategy for occupational therapy in mental health services 2007-2017. To collect views we are reconvening the steering group for a meeting in September, will hold four free networks events, one in each of the four countries for BAOT members to attend and will use email networks including those of the Specialist Sections.... Read more

OT AMHPs face ‘catalogue of prejudice and misunderstanding’, says COT

Tue, 30/04/2013 - 12:02
Occupational therapists who wish to be approved mental... Read more

New mental health SPEaR topic page

Fri, 12/04/2013 - 15:10
January and February 2013 has seen the release of a new... Read more

Contribute to our HCPC consultation response on AMHP programmes in England

Thu, 24/01/2013 - 16:25
The HCPC has recently taken over the statutory... Read more

New COT guideline on the use of occupation in secure settings published

Tue, 27/11/2012 - 16:19
New guidelines published today by the College of... Read more