The British Association and College of Occupational Therapists is committed to promoting the unique value and benefits of occupational therapy to the public, service commissioners and political representatives.
The British Association of Occupational Therapists is the professional body representing a diverse and thriving community of occupational therapy staff across the UK.
The College is a registered charity and wholly owned subsidiary of the Association, which acts on behalf of all members of the Association. The College sets the professional and educational standards for the occupational therapy profession and represents the profession at the national and international levels. COT plays a crucial role in promoting the profession and meeting the professional needs of occupational therapy staff in the UK.
The different departments of the College work together on strategic and operational objectives. COT's activities include:
- Accreditation of pre-registration training courses
- Endorsement of training opportunities
- Supporting research into the cost benefits of occupational therapy
- Responding to Government consultations in England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland
- Providing specialist resources for BAOT members' Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- Influencing the commissioners of health and social services
- Supporting member activity in regional and local groups
- The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, the only monthly peer-reviewed occupational therapy journal
- OTnews, a monthly news magazine for BAOT members
- Producing key publications on areas of practice