Wales (Cymru)

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. 


Welsh Regional e-Newsletter

Wales Regional e-Newsletter 02 2015
Issue 2, February 2015


NEW Workforce Briefing from NHS Confederation

This new briefing provides an outline of the current workforce as well as issues for consideration in the future. It is part of a series of briefings which can be found on the NHS confederation Wales website.
The key points that are highlighted within the briefing are:

  • The current workforce is designed to deliver services to historic models and patterns of care. The way we deliver care has evolved, and so must the workforce.
  • There is expected to be a workforce shortfall in the future, especially for some positions and in some regions of Wales.
  • The service needs to focus on skills; “what people do, rather than who people are”. The skill set of the current workforce must be made best use of and build upon.

A summary of policy, legislation and current influencing activity in Wales from June 2014 to October 2014:


Improving Quality Together


Devolution, Democracy and Delivery White Paper

  • Reforming Local Government Deadline for comments: 22.9.14
  • Closing date for submission: 01/10/2014

The White Paper ‘Reforming Local Government' is the Welsh Government's statement of intent about the future of Local Government.
The White Paper also responds to the Local Government aspects of the report of the Commission on Public Service Governance and Delivery (The Williams Commission). The White Paper is concerned with improving accountability and democracy in local government; improving service delivery, in particular in respect of collaboration and includes a focus on proposals for merging local authorities,. This is a vitally important white paper for all BAOT members to consider and send comments to inform the COT response.
Please send comments to by 22 September 2014.


Trusted to care

NHS Wales responses to Trusted to Care 


Online survey

Dear All Please see below information about the Review of the role and functions of the Children's Commissioner.
As the Current Commissioner's term comes to an end this is an opportunity to reflect and develop.

You can complete the survey as an individual and of course you can respond to the consultation yourself or as a service group.
I do not currently see this as a key priority, however, I will be guided by you and if you wish COT to make a formal consultation response please contact myself and Karina, Professional Affairs Officer for Children and young People and we will collate any comments you send us. The deadline for responses is 3rd October. If you require a COT response I would need your comments by 3rd September. Please circulate this as widely to interested colleagues as possible Thanks Ruth and Karina

Complete the Call for Evidence Online Survey





Integrated assessment, planning and review arrangements for older people - 
Streamlined guidance for assessing and planning care and support for people aged 65 and over has been published by the Welsh Government.
It introduces a more responsive assessment and care planning process. People will be asked what support they need to remain independent and confident, and they will play an equal part in the decisions made about their care in order to maintain their wellbeing.
The guidance can be found here:


Consultation response

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.

Regional Committee  

  • Chair: Kate Pierce
  • 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
  • Unison: Vacant
  • Student Rep: Ami Dumbleton
    Committee Members :
  • Neil Ford
  • Neil Roberts 


BAOT local groups

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.


COT Specialist Sections

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.

Louise Cusack:

Unison Branches

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

Contacting UNISON

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.