Managing Information - OT Strategy
The College has worked with members to develop a strategic vision and implementation plan for occupational therapy informatics (2015-2025)
The strategic vision sets out the key areas of informatics that are important to occupational therapy practice, commissioning occupational therapy services, occupational therapy research and education.
The key areas in relation to occupational therapists are:
- Using digital care records
- Understanding established and new information technologies
- Having a professional level of digital literacy
Information and communication technologies support occupation-centred practice, for example:
- Telecare and telehealth
- Mobile health, i.e. remote access to electronic care records and IT systems
- Standardising the headings in electronic care records
- Developing national sets of terms for occupational therapists to record service user problems, goals and occupational therapy interventions
- Information governance and information security
- Data sets required for central returns, e.g. AHP Referral To Treatment
Occupational therapists should familiarise themselves with the Strategy, and the recommendations within the implementation plan, to ensure that informatics is an integral part of their professional practice.
Members can download the Strategic Vision and Implementation Plan:
Occupational therapy terminology - supporting professional practice
The routine use of occupational therapy terminology in record keeping is one of the essential information building blocks that can support the profession to measure, evaluate and demonstrate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions with service users and carers. Details about the national sets of terms for use by occupational therapists and information about (SNOMED CT) can be found under Professional Resources at:
Involvement in national activities
The College is represented on the National AHP Information Strategy Team (NAHPIST) whose purpose is to provide strategic leadership to promote the use of information technologies, the collection of high quality data, and the use of information to enable Allied Health Professionals to improve person-centred care and service user experience across health and social care sectors in the UK.
- You can keep up to date with the developments in informatics by signing up to receive the College’s monthly COTIM newsletter.