Practice Guidelines development process

The College has a rigorous process for the development of practice guidelines for which governance is provided by the COT Practice Publications Group (PPG).

NICE has accredited the process used by the College of Occupational Therapists to produce its practice guidelines. Accreditation is valid for five years from January 2013 and is applicable to guidance produced using the processes described in the Practice guideline development manual 3rd edition (2017).


Practice Guidelines Development Manual

Full details of the guideline development process is contained within the College of Occupational Therapists:


COT Practice Publications Group (PPG)

The PPG provide a quality assurance role in reviewing proposals and drafts produced by the College of Occupational Therapists' Specialist Sections, Regional groups and other groups of members who wish to publish practice documents in collaboration with the College.


COT is looking for two lay representatives to join the PPG

They will sit alongside six occupational therapists. The group will be supported by three officers from the COT. The PPG term of office is 3 years. Lay representatives will play a key role in ensuring that the service user and/or public perspective informs the development of public-facing information (i.e. documents available to members of the public).