For all Welsh COT members who want to be kept up-to-date with the latest activities in Wales
BAOT Wales Regional Committee supports and co-ordinates member activity around Wales
It will link with BAOT local groups to encourage and widen member participation in BAOT activities, for example, CPD events, meetings or improved communication. Every BAOT member is automatically allocated to a region of the BAOT with a regional committee.
The committee members are currently seeking ideas from members about what they want to see happen (see flier in delegate pack). It includes the web co-ordinator who manages the Welsh web pages and puts relevant information on the web and Career advisors who lead and co-ordinate the careers advice sessions in their area.
Calling all NHS Band 5 and 6 OTs & Local Authority OTs in clinical hands-on roles.
A leadership event just for you: 'Clinical Leadership in Action'
Tuesday 2nd July 2013
The Media Resource Centre, Llandrindod Wells
9.30am – 3.30pm
Study Day Rate: £15 per delegate to include refreshments and lunch
Non BAOT members - £50 / Students - £15
For more information, click here.
You can download the booking form here.
See COT response to consultation concerning Wales 'Communities, Equality and Local Government Committee Inquiry into Home Adaptations'.
Occupational Therapists are crucial to helping people with MS stay in work, says new report
A major report from the MS Society has called for occupational therapists to be more involved in caring for people with Multiple Sclerosis. Amongst its key recommendations it asks Health Boards in Wales to review the number of occupational therapists they employ to guarantee people living with MS are supported to stay in work.
It also calls on the Government to ensure occupational therapist are included in multi-disciplinary health and social care teams. The full article can be seen in our news feed and you can read the press release.
Mental Health Regulations 2012
On 8 May 2012 the National Assembly for Wales approved the Mental Health (Regional Provisions) (Wales) Regulations 2012.
These Regulations are made in support of Parts 1 and 3 of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2012.
The Regulations enable mental health service providers in Wales - Local Health Boards and local authorities - to develop and deliver local primary mental health support services under Part 1 of the Measure on an LHB-wide basis in Wales (rather than separately for each local authority area).
The Regulations also enable LHBs and local authorities to agree arrangements for dealing with requests for assessment under Part 3 of the Measure on an LHB-wide basis (again, rather than separately for each local authority area).
The Regulations and Explanatory Memorandum can be accessed here:
The Consultation Response Report published in relation to the Regulations is here:
And the National Assembly's Record of Proceedings form the plenary debate on the Regulations on 8 May can be accessed here:
Vice Chair: Sara Ryan
Secretary: Alison Ravenscroft
Treasurer: Sara Thelwell
Regional Communications Lead: Stuart Barrow
Careers Promotion Lead: Vicky James
Membership Networks Lead: Sandra Naughton
Education: Helen Carey
Student Rep: Ami Dumbleton
BAOT local groups offer members the opportunity to join an already existing group or any member can set a new group
BAOT local groups are supported financially by the Regional Committee and offer the opportunity to gain valuable continuing professional development, share experiences, develop, expertise and competence.
Ceredigion: Jo Campbell
Mid Wales: Vic Deakins
North East Wales: Vicky James
Pembrokeshire & Derwen: Dean Campbell
Community Occupational Therapy Advisory Group (COTAG): Neil Abraham
Student Group: Andy Green
COT Specialist Sections are member organisations, run by a board of volunteer occupational therapists
COT Specialist Sections work in partnership with the College, setting high standards and promoting good practice within their clinical speciality, representing the interest(s) of their members across the UK. There purpose is to encourage, promote, facilitate and support OT practice within the speciality and for their members. There are Wales Representatives for each of the 11 Specialist Sections. They work with the Welsh Board in Wales for their specialist area. For example, the Specialist Section -Housing representatives have given evidence to Assembly committees and represented the College in Governmental working groups on adaptations and housing.
Specialist Sections Manager
The Specialist Sections Manager supports all the COT Specialist Sections across the UK and advises guides and ensures compliance from the Specialist Sections on the Governance Framework, including business and clinical activities.
BAOT is an independent trade union but has a contract with Unison to provide industrial relations support to BAOT members. Every BAOT member is automatically allocated to a branch based on their employer. Now more than ever BAOT stewards are needed for each branch and training is given to take on this role, though members can approach direct unison stewards in their absence. Unison branches share a lot of information and offer a range of activities to support members.
Welsh Regional BAOT Stewards
The Regional Steward for Health and the Regional Steward for Local Government are elected by BAOT stewards in Wales. They chair and co-ordinate the Regional BAOT Stewards Forum. They also sit on the Welsh Board and National OT Panel and are in constant contact with other Unison officials to support BAOT members. The Local Government (Social Services) position is currently vacant and we are very keen to appoint to this important role.
UNISON Steward: Peter Hewin
BAOT/COT members can access UNISON services via local staff stewards. If you do not have a UNISON staff steward then contact your UNISON Branch Secretary by telephoning 0845 355 0845.