UNISON services and resources

All BAOT members are members of UNISON (except for those who are wholly self- employed or employed overseas.)

How UNISON supports BAOT members at work

UNISONUNISON provides industrial relations support for the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT). UNISON is a powerful voice for working people in the United Kingdom, with over 1.3 million members working in public services, the community and voluntary sector and for private companies.
We represent our members in many ways, from advising and supporting individual members about a problem at work, to using our voice to influence decision-making at a national level, that will affect all occupational therapy staff. . We work together to make sure our members concerns are heard - whether it's about pay, health and safety, discrimination or the future direction of occupational therapy services.

Problem at work?

For help and advice at work - or to find out more about UNISON's services - please contact your local BAOT/UNISON steward or call our helpline: UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857. Lines are open 6am to midnight Monday-Friday and 9am to 4pm Saturdays.

If you don't have an Occupational Therapy Steward in your workplace, then make sure you elect one

Every workplace should have a BAOT/UNISON Steward to represent the views and needs of occupational therapy staff. If you don't have a steward in your workplace then you should raise this issue at one of your team meetings. Occupational Therapy Stewards are given accredited training and are entitled to paid time off to carry out their union duties.

UNISON Resources


Other UNISON benefits

Your UNISON membership entitles you to a wide range of benefits including:

  • Legal advice:
    UNISON provides quality legal services for employment-related and non-work issues at no extra cost to members and their family. It provides the broadest range of legal help available to union members in the UK.
  • UNISON There for You:
    Members experiencing financial and emotional difficulties can contact our welfare charity, There for You, which provides a confidential advice and support service for members and their dependants.
  • UNISON Learning and Organising Services
    offer a wide range of learning opportunities, from basic skills through to professional level qualifications. It opens the door to more and better training through a range of free courses and a partnership with the Open University.
  • Discounts and benefits from UNISONplus:
    UNISON members can access a range of exclusive deals and discounts on financial services, travel, leisure activities and holidays.


Unison Political Fund:

The College of Occupational Therapists (COT) collects its own member subscription monies. It then pays across to UNISON an agreed sum per annum to cover the cost of UNISON providing industrial relations services to COT members.
Each COT member is allocated to a UNISON branch. The block of money that UNISON receives from COT is distributed to UNISON branches according to the number of COT members they have.
None of the COT membership money goes towards either the affiliated political fund (Labour Link), or the general political fund (GPF.)