About the campaign


About COT Improving Lives


The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has launched the Improving Lives, Saving Money campaign in a big drive to promote the value of the profession.

The campaign will make the case for occupational therapists in 3 key areas:

  • Keeping people out of hospital
  • Reducing pressure on primary care
  • Addressing over reliance on social care

NHS and care services have reached a tipping point across the UK with increasing demand and limited funds available. Those who commission care are faced with difficult decisions about which services to buy and how to provide cost effective care that meets the needs of local communities.

It is critical in today’s climate that occupational therapists can clearly show how they are improving lives and saving money for the public purse.

Help us make the case for occupational therapy

Why occupational therapy is essential

Occupational therapists make a vital contribution to NHS and care services as well as in schools, prisons, leisure centres and many other facilities. The care they provide enables people to carry out daily activities (‘occupations’) which are essential for health, happiness and give meaning to life. Occupational therapists help people, recover and build new skills to enjoy a full and independent life.

The College proudly supports occupational therapists working across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The campaign celebrates the best of the occupational therapy profession.

Find out more at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists site