COT SS - Rheumatology

We promote best practice in occupational therapy for people with rheumatic diseases.

SS Rheumatology
The College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section - Rheumatology provides a forum for occupational therapy staff that have an interest in services for people with arthritis, musculoskeletal conditions and chronic pain.
We aim to improve knowledge, assessment and treatment by encouraging awareness of up-to-date approaches, exchange of ideas, continual professional development and research.
We provide expert knowledge and advice in influencing policy development and patient care and assist in the development of national guidelines working in partnership with the College of Occupational Therapists.
Our membership includes occupational therapy staff and students working in out-patients, hand units, community settings, acute hospitals, specialist rheumatology units and universities. This results in a diverse network of members with complementary skills and experience.


  • Rheumatology Practice Guidelines: ‘Hand and wrist orthoses for adults with rheumatological conditions' are now available for you to download
  • After all the work and consultations we are pleased to announce that the Rheumatology Practice Guidelines are now available for you to download and use. This publication provides specific evidence-based recommendations which describe the most appropriate care or action to be taken by occupational therapists working with adults who may benefit from a hand or wrist orthosis as an intervention for a rheumatological condition. Physiotherapists, hand therapists, orthotists and others who prescribe or use othoses may also wish to refer to the guideline to inform their practice.

Thank you to the Practice Guideline Group for all their hard work, without them these guidelines would not have happened. We are very grateful for all the hard work you have put in to get these to publication.
For members of BAOT there is a brief to assist in the implementation of of the guidelines.
Please download this document to support your use of the guidelines.
We would value your feedback on using these guidelines.
Happy Splinting!!


Rheumatologology Newsletter Issue 10 May 2015
The latest newsletter for COT Specialist Section - Rheumatology is available for members to download


Clinical Pathways and Clinical Competencies

We are really pleased to share with you these two fantastic documents that the regional group in Scotland have produced. They will be a great tool in helping OTs working in Rheumatology develop and plan appropriate care pathways for their patients.
Thank you so much for your hard work.


Members resources

Members should login to access members' resources such as our bi-annual journal and funding through our bursary and the ARUK research award.
Members can also find out details of our events, regional groups and Committee contacts.


Rheumatology Clinical Pathways and Clinical Competencies

Thu, 27/11/2014 - 14:12
The regional Rheumatology group in Scotland have produced two fantastic documents that will prove to be great tools in helping Occupational Therapists working in Rheumatology to develop and plan appropriate care pathways for their patients. Clinical Pathways Clinical Competencies  ... Read more

Pain Management Report is now available

Wed, 06/02/2013 - 15:31
The long-awaited Pain Management Report is now... Read more

New recommendations for resting splint provision

Wed, 21/11/2012 - 16:30
New recommendations for resting splint provision have... Read more

COTSS-Rheumatology April Newsletter

Thu, 19/04/2012 - 11:54
Our priority as the committee this year is to improve... Read more