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) topics aim to point you towards some key information on particular subjects.

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
  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.  Informatics/Digital Technologies
  12.  Leadership and Influence
  13.  Learning Disabilities - UPDATED March 2017
  14.  Mental Health
  15.  Multiple Sclerosis
  16.  Occupational health and work
  17.  Outcomes
  18.  Parkinson's
  19.  Public Health
  20.  Reablement
  21.  Research and evidence-informed practice
  22.  Rheumatology
  23.  Sight loss
  24.  Social Care
  25.  Stroke 
  26.  Telecare
  27.  Traumatic Brain Injury
  28.  Vocational Rehabilitation

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