Practice Guidelines

Practice guidelines outline the nature and level of intervention that is considered best practice for specific conditions.


NICE has accredited the process used by the College of Occupational Therapists to produce its practice guidelines. Accreditation is valid for five years from January 2013 and is applicable to guidance produced using the processes described in the Practice guidelines development manual 2nd edition (2011).


The College of Occupational Therapists is the first allied health professional organisation to be awarded accreditation by NICE. The COT case study is available to view from the NICE website.
More information on accreditation can be viewed at


Our practice guidelines publications are systematically developed, evidence-based statements which assist occupational therapy staff and service users in making decisions about appropriate interventions for a specific condition or population, incorporating and abiding by the College's Professional Standards for Occupational Therapy Practice (2011). They also serve as a valuable tool for service commissioners to inform them of recommended occupational therapy best practice in the areas covered.


Evidence-based recommendations and practice guidelines are not intended to be taken in isolation and must be considered in conjunction with the contextual information provided in the full guidelines documents, together with the details on the strength and quality of the recommendations.


The guidelines are intended to be used alongside the therapist's clinical expertise, and as such the clinician is ultimately responsible for the interpretation of the evidence-based guidelines in the context of their specific circumstances and service users.


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