Guidance documents

Guidance documents provide background information and direction on topics relevant to occupational therapy

Guidance documents can relate to specific areas of practice (such as acute healthcare) or they can apply more generically to the profession (for example, risk management and record keeping).
More detailed recommendations for user intervention and action are provided in practice guidelines.

Home adaptations for disabled people: a detailed guide to related legislation, guidance and good practice

The purpose of this good practice guide is to provide local authorities and partner agencies with information about how to provide an excellent service to disabled people, their families and carers in enabling adaptations to their homes to help them live more independently. The guide is based on the social model of disability, in that it encourages authorities to start by understanding the experience of the disabled person and helping to identify an individualised solution rather than proposing standardised approaches.


Multiple Sclerosis (MS): Translating NICE and NSF Guidance into Practice

This occupational therapy guidance document (based on the successful Translating the NICE and NSF guidance into practice: a guide for Physiotherapists (MS Society, 2008, Second edition)) will provide essential further guidance for all occupational therapists in their key role in the care and management of people with MS. It aims to demystify the topic by extracting the most pertinent elements of the multi-dimensional NICE MS guideline and the NSF, providing more salient detail for busy clinicians. It poses clear reflective questions and audit statements for occupational therapists and assistants to consider when faced with the complexities a person with MS may have to deal with.


Hospital 2 Home pack launched to improve discharge services

The College of Occupational Therapists (COT) has collaborated on a new resource for staff involved in hospital discharge services in England. The pack contains essential information for those working in health, housing, social care and the voluntary sector to support older people to return home safely after a hospital stay and reduce the risk of readmission. Materials include suggestions for action, case studies, checklists, tools for considering the housing situation of older people and a targeted leaflet for community based occupational therapists and social workers.