Influence service commissioners
Members have access to a range of resources and evidence to enable them to influence service commissioners
Service commissioners are the key budget holders who allocate health and social care spend. By influencing their decisions you can ensure service users have increased access to occupational therapy services. You can also ensure increased allocation of resources to occupational therapy and more job opportunities for the profession.
Influence service commissioners in your local area
You are best placed to influence service commissioners. BAOT/COT provides resources and support to help you shape service commissioning in your local area. We can help you respond to local needs and agendas in a way which will benefit the profession locally and ultimately nationally.
Saving money for service commissioners
Service commissioners are the budget holders who allocate funds for health and social care. It’s important to demonstrate the value for money of OT services in order to encourage commissioners to purchase OT services to ensure OT continues to play a vital role in health and social care delivery.
Materials available for targeting commissioners
Promoting your service to commissioners
This Back to health, back to life leaflet can be personalised for your service. Simply insert your organisation details and your own case studies in the spaces available and use this material when promoting your occupational therapy service to commissioners, influencers and your senior management.
Download customisable leaflet
Videos aimed at commissioners
There are four short films aimed at commissioners - each one features a service user, together with supporting information and evidence relating to:
The service users in each of these films explain how they have been able to carry on doing the things they need or want to do, despite their difficulties, thus providing live case studies that can be shown to your managers and board, and ultimately to commissioners of services, to promote the benefits of OT intervention.
Occupational therapy evidence fact sheets:
Dementia and Carers
Admissions to A&E Departments
Prevention of Falls
Long Term Conditions
Children and Young People with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Influencing supports your continuing professional development
Taking responsibility for the promotion of the profession is an excellent way to build evidence for your CPD portfolio.
Download Influence Service Commissioners Template Letter