Supporting Practice - Evidence and Resources (SPEaR)

Occupational therapy staff need to maintain an awareness of current policy, guidelines, research and best available evidence.

Keeping up-to-date on policy and guidelines is part of the COT Professional Standards for Occupational Therapy Practice, but searching for relevant occupational therapy specific information can be complicated and time consuming.
These Supporting Practice - Evidence and Resources (SPEaR) pages aim to point you towards some key information on particular topics.

Each topic focuses on three areas:

  • Policy and context
  • COT resources
  • Evidence
Items listed have an electronic link to either the source document or relevant web site. Access to some individual journal articles may depend on local database subscriptions.
The topic lists are not intended to be all inclusive but draw together some core resources to assist your practice. Members retain the responsibility for reviewing and interpreting the information in the context of their individual competency and specific circumstances of practice.

SPEaR topics


The following SPEaR topics are currently available to members:

  1.    Age Friendly Environments - NEW
  2.    Avoiding unplanned hospital admissions
  3.    Care Homes
  4.    Children, Young People and Families
  5.    Dementia
  6.    Driving and Mobility Assessments
  7.    End of Life Care
  8.    Falls Management
  9.    Homelessness
  10.  Housing
  11.  Leadership and Influence - NEW
  12.  Learning Disabilities
  13.  Mental Health
  14.  Multiple Sclerosis
  15.  Occupational health and work
  16.  Outcomes
  17.  Parkinson's
  18.  Public Health
  19.  Reablement
  20.  Rheumatology
  21.  Sight loss
  22.  Social Care
  23.  Stroke
  24.  Telecare
  25.  Traumatic Brain Injury
  26.  Vocational Rehabilitation


If you think that you could contribute to an existing or new SPEaR topic, please contact