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.  Learning Disabilities
  12.  Mental Health
  13.  Multiple Sclerosis
  14.  Occupational health and work
  15.  Outcomes
  16.  Parkinson's
  17.  Public Health
  18.  Reablement
  19.  Rheumatology
  20.  Service delivery and workforce planning
  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