CHOOSING A NEURO OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
What should I look for when choosing a neuro occupational therapist?
The role of occupational therapy in neuro rehabilitation is not always clear and at first it can be difficult to know what questions to ask. As a starting point, you should check that the occupational therapist specialises in the relevant area you need, eg, brain injury. Next, it is important that you feel comfortable with their method of working. We are often asked what does neuro rehab involve? The answer is that it differs according to the needs of the patient. LSOT tailors each neuro occupational therapy programmes around the individual. 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 should a neuro occupational therapist have?
It’s a good idea to check that your independent neuro 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 through 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.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY EXPERTISE
How important is experience in occupational therapy and neuro rehabilitation?
Very. Occupational therapy in neuro rehabilitation is where the patient has suffered a brain injury – perhaps in an accident or as a result of a stroke. It is important to remember that brain injury affects people differently and one size does 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. The occupational therapist you choose should have experience and a solid understanding of head injury conditions in order to establish what treatment 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 a good idea to agree these before treatment begins.
What insurance does an independent neuro 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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