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Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy aims to improve your ability to do everyday tasks if you're having difficulties.

How to get occupational therapy

You can get occupational therapy free through the NHS or social services, depending on your situation.

You can:

  • speak to your GP practice about a referral
  • to ask if you can get occupational therapy

You can also pay for it yourself. The Royal College of Occupational Therapists lists qualified and registered occupational therapists.

You can check an occupational therapist is qualified and registered with the ȤӮ羺APP and Care Professions Council (HCPC) using their .

How occupational therapy can help you

Occupational therapy can help you with practical tasks if you:

  • are physically disabled
  • are recovering from an illness or operation
  • have learning disabilities
  • have mental health problems
  • are getting older

Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and can look at all aspects of daily life in your home, school or workplace.

They look at activities you find difficult and see if there's another way you can do it.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has more information about .

Media last reviewed: 18 June 2018
Media review due: 18 June 2021

Page last reviewed: 20 September 2017
Next review due: 20 September 2020