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If you are an occupational therapist, OT student or support worker, then the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) is your professional body and trade union.

If you’re not already one of our 28,000+ members, discover here why you should be:

We’re a member-led organisation, and members enjoy many benefits. These include having your say in the future development of occupational therapy and participating in your professional community.

Build your professional network

BAOT supports networks at local, national and international levels enabling you to access your professional community to share best practice, build your knowledge base and develop your career. Joining your regional or local BAOT group is a great way to get support and advice from OTs in your area - there are over 100 groups across the UK. You’ll learn from others, get professional development updates, and make new friends. You can organise or join local study events that answer your CPD needs and recruit new members to spread the word. These ‘grass root’ groups are often inspirational.

Get together with fellow specialists

As a BAOT member, you are eligible to join any of the 11 Specialist Sections and take networking one stage further. Meet other BAOT members to share a common interest through these special interest groups. Experienced professionals and new colleagues meet regularly to develop expert practice in a particular clinical specialism. Part of the College, each Specialist Section has a regional structure, entries on the College website, and coverage in Occupational Therapy News on a rotating basis.

Play your part on the international stage

BAOT membership entitles you to join the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). You can access a global network of like-minded peers across every continent, eager to spread best practice worldwide. BAOT is also a member association of the Council for Occupational Therapists of the European Countries (COTEC), which provides in-depth information on practice in Europe.

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Join us on social media

You can be part of OT networks across the UK and around the world by participating in social media platforms:

 
 
 

News

NHS trade unions in England confirm second set of industrial action over pay row

Thu, 30/10/2014 - 16:48
Eleven trade unions representing NHS workers including nurses, midwives, cleaners, pharmacists, scientists, porters, secretaries, paramedics, occupational therapists, radiographers, dieticians, healthcare assistants, kitchen and maintenance staff will stage a four-hour stoppage in the morning on Monday 24 November 2014. ... Read more

Occupational therapists in Wales to strike on 10 November

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 15:24
Occupational therapists working in the NHS in Wales... Read more

Allied health professionals have key role to play in transforming health service

Mon, 27/10/2014 - 12:45
Health Minister Jim Wells has praised Allied Health... Read more

New Guidance for The Care Act in England must increase commissioning of occupational therapy services

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 15:00
New Statutory Guidance for the Care Act in England has... Read more

Occupational therapists in Wales set to follow strikes over NHS Pay

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 08:32
Following a week of industrial action in England,... Read more
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Events
  • Monday 21st September 2015 (All day)

     

    Facilitated by Thérèse Jackson, Consultant Occupational Therapist for Stroke in NHS Grampian, this Masterclass will provide an evidence based review of occupational therapy for the assessment and treatment of adults...

  • Monday 23rd March 2015

    The Master class will enable delegates to start or develop this area of their paediatric OT service by:

    • Increasing their knowledge on how to support children and young people with special needs who require access to digital...
  • Thursday 12th February 2015 (All day)

     

    This Masterclass gives delegates a greater understanding of how the term ‘bariatric’ is defined and measured as well as of the various body types and their clinical and functional implications. Delegates will learn about...

  • Thursday 20th November 2014 (All day)

     

    Disabled Living

    FREE exhibition for children, young adults with disabilities & special needs, their families, carers & the professionals who support them.135 exhibitors: update your knowledge on equipment products...

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Interview with an OT who has successfully been audited by the HCPC

Every two years, the Health and Care Professions Council randomly select a group of occupational therapists to submit evidence of their Continuing Professional Development. Find out more about the HCPC audit.

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