Join Our Communities

If you are an occupational therapist, OT student or support worker, then the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) is your professional body and trade union.

If you are not already one of our 31,000+ members, discover here why you should be

We're a member-led organisation, and members enjoy many benefits. These include having your say in the future development of occupational therapy and participating in your professional community.

Build your professional network

BAOT supports networks at local, national and international levels enabling you to access your professional community to share best practice, build your knowledge base and develop your career. Joining your regional or local BAOT group is a great way to get support and advice from OTs in your area - there are over 100 groups across the UK. You'll learn from others, get professional development updates, and make new friends. You can organise or join local study events that answer your CPD needs and recruit new members to spread the word. These 'grass root' groups are often inspirational.

Get together with fellow specialists

As a BAOT member, you are eligible to join any of the 11 Specialist Sections and take networking one stage further. Meet other BAOT members to share a common interest through these special interest groups. Experienced professionals and new colleagues meet regularly to develop expert practice in a particular clinical specialism. Part of the College, each Specialist Section has a regional structure, entries on the College website, and coverage in Occupational Therapy News on a rotating basis.

Play your part on the international stage

BAOT membership entitles you to join the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). You can access a global network of like-minded peers across every continent, eager to spread best practice worldwide. BAOT is also a member association of the Council for Occupational Therapists of the European Countries (COTEC), which provides in-depth information on practice in Europe.

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Royal College Status – Post-nominal letters

Mon, 24/04/2017 - 00:00
After the announcement last week of our official name change from College to Royal College we were asked about the use of post-nominal letters. We invite our members who wish to use post -nominal lettering to denote that they are a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists to use MRCOT. ... Read more

RCOT response to Scottish Government's announcement of extra £6.3m for Scottish Ambulance Service

Tue, 25/04/2017 - 00:00
The Scottish Government has announced an extra... Read more

College officially becomes Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Wed, 19/04/2017 - 00:00
The College of Occupational Therapists has officially... Read more

RCOT Strategic Intentions 2018-2023 - have your say!

Tue, 18/04/2017 - 00:00
A big thank you to all our members who have been... Read more

Student video blogger competition

Mon, 10/04/2017 - 00:00
Calling all occupational therapy students! We are... Read more