CHOOSING AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
What do I need to look for in an occupational therapist?
Firstly, that the therapist specialises in a relevant area. And secondly, that you are comfortable with their method of working. For example, we tailor-make every programme to each individual patient, and as a result, our treatment plans are less formal and rigid than you may get from other occupational therapists.
What qualifications does an occupational therapist need?
It’s a good idea to check that your 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.
Should I ask for references?
It makes sense to ask how many years experience a therapist has in the field for which you require their services and how many similar cases they have worked on in the last year. You may also like to ask the therapist to give you examples of people that they have helped. You can see some of 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. For example, the reason that one person may struggle in a specific social situation may be different to why someone with another condition also has problems in this area. So, the strategy for dealing with the same situation may need to differ between patients. That being the case, you can see why it is so important that your occupational therapist has an in-depth understanding of issues and their causes in a particular field.
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 occupational therapist need?
Occupational therapists should have a current certificate of professional indemnity insurance. Please contact us if you would like to see ours.
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. An initial two hour meeting may be enough to get to know the client, ask for basic information, find out what the key issues and goals are, and to provide a basic report write-up. Or a second visit may also be necessary to carry out a practical exercise and potentially standardised assessment with 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 therapy after our initial consultation.
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