OT defined as a complex intervention

We are pleased to invite you to take part in a research study to support the revising of Occupational therapy defined as a complex intervention (Creek, 2003), published by COT. This study is a great opportunity for you to help us develop an up-to-date picture of professional occupational therapy practice. We will use the information you provide to help as we build on the document. We recognise that there have been considerable changes since 2003, both within professional practice and the wider context, and we want to make sure that the revised document is current, and can be used to aid occupational therapists, researchers, service users and commissioners or managers.

A key element of the work is to revise our understanding of current practice within all four countries of the United Kingdom, across a range of services and populations. We aim to explore practice in all its diversity and include the voices of occupational therapists working in practice and academic settings, service users and their carers. We are also examining literature published in academic journals and professional magazines.

The survey is open to all qualified occupational therapists, student occupational therapists and those currently employed in occupational therapy support roles and you can participate NOW by completing an online questionnaire (available from: https://qmu.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/ot16). Pilot testing indicates it will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete, though it may take longer depending on how much consideration you give to the questions. Your answers will help us generate an up-to-date understanding of how occupational therapists practice, why we do so in certain ways, and what factors influence the process.

After completing the survey you will also be able to volunteer to take part in an online discussion group. This will involve about 1 to 2 hours of participation over a month, posting messages periodically and at your own convenience.

Julia Skelton, COT Director of Professional Operations, said: ‘We hope that many of you will decide to participate in this important research so we can include a wide and diverse range of experiences and practices.’

The College of Occupational Therapists has commissioned Queen Margaret University (QMU) to update this key document, and they will conduct the survey on our behalf. Your answers will remain anonymous, and COT will not be able to identify you from your responses. Additionally, QMU has received ethics approval from their research ethics process.

Further information regarding both elements of the study is available from the introduction page of the online survey: