CHOOSING AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
What do I need to look for in an occupational therapist?
Firstly, that they specialise in a relevant area like occupational therapy for neurological conditions. Secondly, that you are comfortable with their method of working. We tailor every one of our neuro occupational therapy programmes around the individual patient. As a result, our treatment plans are less formal and rigid than those that may be provided by other professionals in neurological occupational therapy.
What qualifications does a neuro occupational therapist need?
It’s a good idea to check that your independent occupational therapist is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. The standard qualification for an occupational therapist is a DipCOT or BSc, but your therapist may have also undertaken additional post-graduate training in a specialist area. You can rest assured that our therapists have the appropriate professional memberships and qualifications in occupational therapy for neurological conditions. We have the know-how to support patients throughout the traumatic brain injury recovery process.
Should I ask for references?
It makes sense to ask how many years’ experience a therapist has in neurological occupational therapy. You could also enquire into how many similar cases they have worked on in the last year and to see examples of people they have helped. LSOT’s occupational therapy in London and the South East is well-regarded and highly-trusted, as demonstrated by our testimonials here.
TYPES OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY
How important is experience in a particular field?
Very. Where occupational therapy is concerned, one size should not fit all. Everyone is different and where two people may struggle in the same area, the underlying reasons may differ significantly. As such, the strategy for dealing with each person needs to be built around the individual patient. It is important that the independent occupational therapist you choose has an in-depth understanding of the treatment that will be required for your specific case.
Do all occupational therapists have the same terms and conditions?
Terms and conditions can vary so it’s always a good idea to agree these before treatment begins.
What insurance does an independent occupational therapist need?
Occupational therapists should have a current certificate of professional indemnity insurance. Please contact us if you would like to see ours.
INDEPENDENT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SESSIONS
What does it cost?
We are BUPA recognised and our charges are within their agreed scales. You will need to provide us with an approval number to be treated under your BUPA policy. If you would like a more detailed idea of costs to directly instruct us, please contact us.
How long does assessment take?
This depends on the client and what we are being asked to achieve. LSOT’s occupational therapy for brain injury usually starts with an initial two-hour meeting. This may be sufficient. We ask for basic information on the key issues and goals, then write up a basic report. If this meeting is not long enough, a second visit may be necessary. During this, a practical exercise may be carried out, as well as a potentially standardised assessment resulting in a more formalised report.
What is the typical length of therapy?
Again, this depends on the injury and on a client’s identified challenges and goals. This would also be influenced by the involvement of other disciplines that may need to work together with the OT to maximise the opportunities for the individual. We can usually give a better idea of the probable length of the process after our initial consultation. If you have further questions about our occupational therapy in London and the South East, please call LSOT on 07974 220087 and we will be happy to help.
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