Commissioning Occupational Therapy

A guide for commissioning, funding and planning services

Occupational therapy improves the health and wellbeing of people through enabling participation in daily life

Daily life is made up of many occupations (or activities)


Occupations can include:

  • Self-care (e.g. getting dressed, eating a meal, washing and toileting)
  • being productive (e.g. participating in school, going to work, doing chores); and
  • leisure (e.g. playing and socialising with friends, belonging to a group, participating in hobbies)
Disruption to occupation is experienced by many people due to illness, disability or circumstance. This will have an impact on health and wellbeing. Occupational therapy make a vital contribution to health, social care, education and other sectors to enable people to have a meaningful life.
There is no blue print for funding, commissioning or organising occupational therapy services in terms of workforce numbers and service models, as services must respond to local needs.
The documents below outline the added value that occupational therapy can bring and factors for consideration when determining quality, resourcing and organisation.