“There is so much great work happening out there and many OTs work without due recognition or reward. These new awards are a chance to celebrate the work of OTs”

On the 8th of June, the Occupational Therapy Show announced the launch of the OT Awards to be held at its Birmingham-based show taking place on 25th & 26th November. The awards are aimed at grass roots OT professionals, whether in the statutory or private sector, to recognise and celebrate OT Awards Logo outstanding contributions made to both the profession and to the clients they serve.

Four award categories include:

  • Senior OT of the year
  • OT of the year
  • OTI/OTA/Support Worker of the year
  • Service/Innovation of the year (team or individual)

All entries received will be peer reviewed by a panel of some of the UK’s leading OT figure heads, including Robert Birmingham, Independent OT, Liz Waterman, Retired from J Webb, but now Private Business Consultant, Anna Clampin, Course Director MSc Occupational Therapy Coventry University. Previous Head of Education and Learning for COT, and Teresa Buchan, Head of Practice development, Kent & Medway NHS.  Finalists being selected and winners announced at the show.

Jen Gash, Independent OT and Founder of OTCoach, is chairing the panel. “There is so much great work happening out there and many OTs work without due recognition or reward. These new awards are a chance to celebrate the work of OTs.”

Jen goes on to say “as well as celebrating the profession, we hope that those applying and the judging panel will represent the whole profession, as best as we can – we are after all, a diverse and inclusive profession.”

Winners will receive £250 (per award) for use towards additional CPD.

Now in its 3rd year, the Occupational Therapy Show has become the UK’s largest event for the profession and plays a vital role in supporting both statutory and private/independent OT professionals with free CPD, clinical and business training and advice necessary for the future of the profession.

With well over 60 hours of conference content to choose from across two days covering keynote industry issues, mental health, children & families, physical and innovation, there will be something to benefit all members of the OT team. The exhibition floor will also host over 250 suppliers showcasing relevant products and services.

For more information on the awards or if you would like to submit an entry, visit the website HERE, alternatively contact Mike Hulse on 02476 719688.

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