Improving lives, saving money – Your Influencing Toolkit

In Get Involved by COT Editor

To complement the College’s influencing work we are asking members to help us to promote the ‘Reducing the pressure on hospitals; the value of occupational therapy’ and the Living not Existing: putting prevention at the heart of care for older people‘ reports and their recommendations to encourage decision makers and budget holders within local areas to understand how occupational therapy can help them to meet their objectives.

The College has developed this toolkit to support members to share the campaign recommendations within your service and local area. Having your input is vital to ensuring that we effectively spread the word of the value of occupational therapy.
Occupational therapists can use these resources to raise awareness of the campaign.

A4 posters to spread the word about the campaign to your colleagues

Reducing the pressure in hospitals front cover posters – England, Northern Ireland, ScotlandWales and Wales - Cymraeg.
Vice Image Poster
Living not Existing cover poster

Powerpoint presentation templates - (please combine/take parts from each to adapt to your audience)

Presenting the campaign to colleagues (English and Welsh versions)
Presenting Living not Existing: putting prevention at the heart of care for older people to your service manager or other stakeholders (English and Welsh versions)
Presenting Reducing the pressure on hospitals: the value of occupational therapy to your service manager or other stakeholders (English and Welsh versions)

Letter templates - these are templates to send to your parliamentary representative to highlight the report. A letter to send to your Parliamentary representative to increase the impact of the report.
Northern Ireland
Wales - Cymraeg

Download these letters and send them to your parliamentary representative to asking them to send it  on to local health and care purchasers and providers.

Northern Ireland
Wales - Cymraeg

Find your local representative:

Northern Ireland: currently unavailable as the Assembly has dissolved

If you have any queries about using the templates please contact

Promote occupational therapy to the media

Here are some resources to help promote your work to the local media. Please ensure you seek support and advice from your organisation’s communications team before contacting journalists directly.

The Template Press Release can be adapted to suit your service and place of work.

For further queries please contact


If you need advice on influencing work, whether with service managers or stakeholders, please contact and don’t forget to let us know about any work you do so we can see the impact of the campaign.