Celebrating Occupational Therapy Week 2023

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 6th November, 2023

Graphic showing people doing different things. Raising awareness of Occupational Therapy.This week, we celebrate the exceptional contribution of our Occupational Therapists (OTs), Occupational Therapy Assistants (OTA), and Technical Instructors. Our aim is to raise awareness of this occupation and their vital role within healthcare.

Occupational Therapy is one of fourteen allied health professions that, when taken together, make up a significant part of the NHS and social care workforce. OTs undergo extensive training, consisting of physical health, mental health (including neurodiversity), and social wellbeing. Their approach to health and wellbeing can be considered as biopsychosocial.

At the heart of their practice lies the principle of engaging individuals through meaningful activities (occupations). They are incredibly diverse, taking in leisure, self-care, work, productivity, and everything in-between.

Ed Gillam, Head of Profession for Occupational Therapy, said: “Everything that we do, whatever our health needs, can be considered an occupation. Occupation is so intrinsic to our humanity and day-to-day world that it seems to 'hide in plain sight,' being taken for granted until our health impacts on our ability to do those things that we enjoy, need, and want to achieve each day.

"To celebrate OT Week and the unique profession of occupational therapy, we're welcoming colleagues to join a range of online sessions throughout the week to learn more about our work. It is a great honour to lead the OT service for DPT, and I am pleased to be able to celebrate the work of our colleagues during the week.”​

You can find out more about Allied Health Professionals on the NHS England website. For more information about OT Week and OTs, please visit the Royal College of Occupational Therapists website: