OT's Across the Pond: What We Have in Common with Our British Colleagues

Occupational therapists have an important place in healthcare systems in the U.S. and around the globe.  The Guardian’s Public Services Editor, David Brindle, examined the importance of occupational therapists to Britain’s National Health Service in a January 2015 article.  
 
Like the United States, Britain is addressing challenges such as an aging population and a desire to keep individuals living independently at home for as long as possible. “They may be only a tiny percentage of the health care workforce, but they punch well above their weight in terms of impact on people’s lives,” said Richard Humphries, assistant director of the King’s Fund Health and Care Think Tank.
 
As in the U.S., OT’s in Britain participate in programs linked to federal laws, such as The New Care Act, while, unlike the U.S., most OT’s work for the National Health Service. Britain’s OT’s play an important role in supporting participation in daily life and engagement in meaningful occupations. Just like the U.S., Britain’s OT’s play a vital role in their country’s future.

Published on June 19, 2015