Getting my life back: Occupational therapy promoting mental health and wellbeing in England

Royal College of Occupational Therapists, May 2018

Report by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists to demonstrate the value of occupational therapy in England. The report assesses the impact of occupational therapy in four keys areas:

  • helping young people to achieve their educational potential,
  • supporting people with mental health issue into employment,
  • improving the physical health of people with serious mental health problems
  • leading innovative service delivery that improves access to mental health support in primary care.

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Allied Health Professions (AHPs) supporting patient flow

NHS Improvement, April 2018

This quick guide demonstrates how NHS emergency care, in particular patient flow through the health and care system, benefits from allied health professionals (AHPs).

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The role of home adaptations in improving later life

Centre for Ageing Better, November 2017

This review provides evidence to make the case for the importance and effectiveness of adaptations, primarily to influence policy-makers at national and local levels, practitioners and local commissioners. The objective is to strengthen their focus on housing in their strategic plans, and commit increased effort and resources to delivering both more extensive, better coordinated, more timely and personalised repair and adaptations services and better information and advice services.

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An Occupational Therapist’s Access Checklist – a Practical Tool

Housing LIN, November 2017

This checklist has been developed as a quick reference tool, to support decisions when making recommendations for the design of accessible and inclusive housing, when there may be a case to be made for exceeding the minimum requirements laid out in the Building Regulations.  It provides comparative information from a selection of design guidance on the specifications for dimensions and layout, from minimum requirements to more generous provision. Detailed reasoning is outlined in the respective documents. It is arranged as a list that details specific aspects of accommodation from the parking and approach to communal access, and internal layouts.

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Allied health professions into action: using AHPs to transform health, care and wellbeing

NHS England, January 2017

This document is a vision of how, with collective action, our nation would be different if all AHPs were used effectively. Aimed at leaders and decision makers, to help them understand the transformative potential and role of AHPs within the health, social and wider care system. The document provides examples of innovative AHP practice and a framework to help develop local delivery plans.

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Occupational therapy delivered by specialists versus non-specialists for people with schizophrenia

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, October 2016

This review protocol was co-written by Graeme Reid, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust.

The objectives are to examine the effects of occupational therapy delivered by occupational therapists compared to occupational therapy delivered by any other person for people with schizophrenia. Our secondary objectives are to determine whether the response differs by specific type (e.g. hospital versus non-hosptial setting), intensity (e.g. more therapist contact time or more frequent task repetition), or duration of occupational therapy.

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Effect of structured physical activity on prevention of serious fall injuries in adults aged 70-89: randomized clinical trial (LIFE Study)

BMJ, 3 February 2016

This study aims to test whether a long term, structured physical activity program compared with a health education program reduces the risk of serious fall injuries among sedentary older people with functional limitations.

The paper concludes that in this trial, which was underpowered to detect small, but possibly important reductions in serious fall injuries, a structured physical activity program compared with a health education program did not reduce the risk of serious fall injuries among sedentary older people with functional limitations. These null results were accompanied by suggestive evidence that the physical activity program may reduce the rate of fall related fractures and hospital admissions in men.

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