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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British Journal of Occupational Therapy – August 2015 edition

The August edition of The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is now available.  This month’s issue includes a research paper on occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with inflammatory arthritis, and articles on becoming the parent of a preterm infant, sources of meaning derived from occupational engagement for people recovering from mental illness and the role of the occupational therapist in relation to sleep problems in mental health settings amongst others.

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Promoting physical activity for children and young people

NICE Evidence Update, April 2015

A new Evidence Update has been published for NICE public health guidance 17 (2009). This provides a summary of selected new evidence published since the literature search was last conducted for the guidance.

NICE Evidence Updates help to reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence and keep health and social care professionals up-to-date with new research. While Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance and do not provide formal recommendations, they do highlight new evidence that health and social care professionals may wish to consider alongside current guidance.

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