Patsy Fung, Head of Profession for Occupational Therapy
Occupational Therapists are dual trained in physical and mental health conditions and can work in a range of health, social care, school and private settings across the whole life span from birth to end of life care. An Occupational Therapist helps people to continue their work, studies, leisure activities and everyday tasks during illnesses, injuries, disabilities or ageing. They can help people to use assistive technology, help adapt their home or workplace to meet their needs, and work with people to find new ways to approach tasks. Occupational Therapists can provide practical support to help children and adults of all ages with mental, physical, social or learning disabilities to carry out everyday tasks or occupations with more confidence and independence. In 2017 the Occupational Therapy profession celebrated its 100th anniversary as a profession. Occupational Therapists are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the professional body is the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.