Standards & ethics

The College defines and promotes standards of conduct for the profession.

The Code of Ethics and professional conduct is a statement of the values and principles set by the College.

The Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct is produced to promote and maintain good and safe professional behaviour and practice in occupational therapy. It applies to all occupational therapists, associate members and OT students and is available for reference by service users, employers, and commissioners.

Review of the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct - BAOT Member consultation

                                                   Code of Ethics revision
To access the consulation and review, please click here. (member-only access)

14 November until 5 December 2014

Don't miss your opportunity to participate in this important consultation and help shape the 2015 version of the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Consultation with BAOT Members is a key element of this process and is now underway.
The Code is meant as a practical, user-friendly guide for all members of the occupational therapy profession. It should also be useful to members of the public and others who wish to know the expectations of the professional body in terms of ethics and professional conduct.
To assist with the consultation process, the draft Code has been annotated and significant changes from the existing version highlighted. Along with the Consultation draft of the Code, there is also a feedback form, which includes specific questions and space for you to record your comments. The feedback form is a simple Word document that will expand as you type. Where possible, please reference the section and page number of any particular points in the draft that you are commenting on. When complete, save the feedback form to your own pc system, then return the form file by attaching it to an email and send to: by 5 December 2014.

College of Occupational Therapists Code of Continuing Professional Development

The College has devised this Code of Continuing Professional Development to support the occupational therapy workforce by setting out clear expectations for all BAOT members' professional development.
pdf imageDownload the College of Occupational Therapists Code of Continuing Professional Development

Professional standards defined by the College raise the quality, safety and effectiveness of occupational therapy

Professional Standards for Occupational Therapy Practice will enable all occupational therapy staff to monitor and improve their practice and demonstrate to others the quality of service that can be expected from occupational therapists. The standards are underpinned by legislation and regulatory and monitoring bodies.
The Professional Standards for Occupational Therapy Practice (2011) are those expected by the professional body and have been written to be attainable, with practice improvements if necessary.
They have been produced in alignment, and should be read in conjunction, with the pdf imageCode of Ethics and Professional Conduct.

NICE Quality Standards define what quality care in England should look like across a particular clinical area or pathway.

They are sets of specific, concise statements derived from the best available evidence and their purpose is to act as benchmarks of high-quality health and social care.
COT is an active stakeholder in the NICE Quality Standards work programme and shares a commitment to drive up the quality of care for service users. As a Publications Partner with NICE, COT has agreed to support the implementation and raise awareness of the following quality standards:
NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence