Occupational Therapy, often referred to as OT, is a registered healthcare profession that focuses on developing, recovering, or maintaining the daily living and working skills
(occupations) of people with physical, sensory, mental health, or cognitive (thinking and memory) difficulties. Rehabilitation and enablement is the cornerstone of
Occupational Therapy aims to enable people to participate in health promoting and sustaining activities that are that are personally meaningful, fulfilling and offer a reflection or expression of self-identity.
Occupational Therapists do this by working with an individual to find, reduce or remove environmental, social, psychological and physical barriers that maybe impacting on participation in activities. An Occupational Therapist may suggest and advise on aids and equipment, task adaptation, environmental change, education and skill building.
Cardiff and the Vale’s University Health Board Occupational Therapists work with a wide range of individuals, from children to older adults, and across many services that are hospital and community based. Such services include:
Occupational Therapists can work with patients within the Health Board’s hospitals, their homes and other places within their environment.
Further UK National information on Occupational Therapy can be found on the Royal College of Occupational Therapy’s website and social media pages: www.rcot.co.uk
If you feel you need or would benefit from Occupational Therapy, there is no direct self-referral process, a referral is normally through specific multi-disciplinary team or service referral pathways.
Access may be through a consultation with your Long Term Condition Team,
Clinical Team or GP.
There are also Occupational Therapists who work within the local Councils:
The role of the Occupational Therapists within these services is to complete assessments in your homes when you have a long term health condition that affects how you are able to manage at home.
Following the assessment they may be able to provide equipment or carry out adaptations to your home that would enable you to stay living there safely or to maintain your independence.
Adults Telephone: 02920234234
Paediatrics (Family Gateway) Telephone: 0300 133 133
First Contact: 01446700111
Independent Living Services
Adults telephone: 02920234234
Paediatrics (Family Gateway): 0300 133 133