The British Association and College of Occupational Therapists is committed to promoting the unique value and benefits of occupational therapy to the public, service commissioners and political representatives.

We work to ensure the profession's rightful place in health and social care delivery and encourage our members to play an active role as ambassadors for the profession.
The British Association of Occupational Therapists is the professional body representing a diverse and thriving community of occupational therapy staff across the UK.
The College is a registered charity and wholly owned subsidiary of the Association, which acts on behalf of all members of the Association. The College sets the professional and educational standards for the occupational therapy profession and represents the profession at the national and international levels. COT plays a crucial role in promoting the profession and meeting the professional needs of occupational therapy staff in the UK.

The different departments of the College work together on strategic and operational objectives.

COT's activities include:

  • Accreditation of pre-registration training courses
  • Endorsement of training opportunities
  • Supporting research into the cost benefits of occupational therapy
  • Responding to Government consultations in England, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Providing specialist resources for BAOT members' Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Influencing the commissioners of health and social services
  • Supporting member activity in regional and local groups
  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, the only monthly peer-reviewed occupational therapy journal
  • OTnews, a monthly news magazine for BAOT members
  • Producing key publications on areas of practice

Annual Review 2015


President of the College of Occupational Therapists

Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins became the College of Occupational Therapists’ President in October 2015. 

Professor Sheila the Baroness Hollins became the College of Occupational Therapists’ President

Baroness Hollins is Professor Emeritus in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability at St George’s University of London and Honorary Professor of Spirituality, Theology and Health, University of Durham. She has been President of both the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Medical Association, and was appointed an Independent member of the House of Lords in 2010 where she speaks on mental health and disability issues. She currently chairs the BMA Board of Science and is Executive Chair of Beyond Words which publishes picture books with an international reach to help people with communication disabilities explore and share life events, relationships and wellbeing.
She was appointed a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2014, and Chairs the Scientific Advisory Group of the Centre for Child Protection, Gregorian University, Rome. She has four children, two of whom are disabled, and four grandchildren and lives in Surrey. She has been a castaway on Desert Island Discs, the iconic BBC radio programme.

We are a member of the Professional Associations Research Network

As a member of PARN, our professional body is:
  • Keeping up-to-date with the latest sector research and best practice guidance
  • Equipped through training and events to deal with the challenges professional bodies face
  • Part of an active network of professional bodies that learn from each other