A new practical resource, the Learning and Development framework supporting occupational therapists new or returning to work in adult social care, has been launched for use across the UK.
The framework has been developed to provide profession-specific support and guidance for newly qualified occupational therapists, OTs new to working in social care and those coming back to work in social care.
It will also set out to help managers of occupational therapy staff.
The framework is aligned with the HCPC Standards for CPD (HCPC 2017) and is based on the four pillars of practice in the RCOT Career Development Framework (RCOT 2017), pillars which are widely used to guide career, learning and development for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) including occupational therapists.
The framework was jointly developed by Skills for Care and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, who co-created it with occupational therapists, managers, learning and development, and workforce staff from the social care sector.
Skills for Care Interim CEO, Andy Tilden, said: “We know the 3500 occupational therapists in England alone punch well above their weight making a vital contribution to our sector day in and day out.”
Adding: “This practical framework is another positive result of our longstanding working relationship with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists that will support the learning and development needs of this key group of registered professionals at different stages of their careers.”
While Karin Bishop, RCOT Director of Professional Operations, commented: “We are proud to work with Skills for Care to deliver this practical resource for both occupational therapists who work in social care and their managers. Occupational therapists play a crucial role in supporting people who access social care to lead the lives they want.
“The new framework will support their learning, enabling them to deliver safe and effective services for the people who access them.”