Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support Ltd
< October 2019

New framework launched to support occupational therapists working in social care

A new practical resource, the learning and development framework supporting occupational therapists new or returning to work in adult social care, has been launched for use across the UK.

Occupational therapists play a central role in supporting people who use care and support services, to do the things they want and need to do. They do this by focusing on the people they work with, identifying strengths, balancing choice and risk, and by facilitating their connections with their families, friends and communities that enables them to keep healthy and well.

The learning and development framework for occupational therapists has been developed to provide profession-specific support and guidance for:

  • newly qualified occupational therapists
  • occupational therapists new to working in social care
  • occupational therapists coming back to work in social care
  • managers of occupational therapy staff.

The framework is aligned with the HCPC Standards for CPD (HCPC 2017) and is based on the four pillars of practice in the RCOT Career Development Framework (RCOT 2017), pillars which are widely used to guide career, learning and development for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) including occupational therapists.

The framework was jointly developed by Skills for Care and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists who co-created it with occupational therapists, managers, learning and development, and workforce staff from the social care sector.

It’s anticipated that it will take approximately 12 months for individuals to work through all the elements of the framework, but this will depend upon factors such as working hours, patterns of work and specific employer requirements.

The new framework can be accessed at


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