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 currently has four vacancies for members specialising in:

  • social care
  • learning disabilities
  • physical disabilities
  • education

There is one vacancy for each area. This is a great CPD and learning opportunity.

PPG members are involved in the development of quality resources to support practice. Members bring their expertise and specialism to the review of documents for publication. There are three meetings a year and some work in between meetings reviewing documents is required.

Applicants should:

  • work in one of the stated settings
  • have experience of developing professional documentation and evidence-based practice.
  • be COT members
  • have experience equivalent to at least a Band 7 or equivalent.
The social care representative’s term of office will start in July 2017 and the three remaining representatives will start in September 2017 (successful applicants will be invited to observe the July meeting).
The deadline for applications is Tuesday 18 April 2017.
To find out more please see this perspective from members and for details on applying for the vacancies please contact Clare Leggett: or ring 020 7450 2345.