This is from the NHS website, I hope it helps.
I moved your post to the ask an OT category so you can chat more with @Jean_Scope
It can be difficult when you have anxiety, but I think it is really positive that you are reaching out and talking to us about it
I'm just wondering have you now been able to clarify the reason the OT is going to visit? or maybe you have already had the appointment?
Reading through this thread I can see that some other members of the community have already given you some good examples of some of the ways that OT's can assist.
However, occupational therapy is a much more diverse than this thread has thus far suggested. OT's have lots of different roles in the Health and Social Care sector and beyond. They may be based in statutory services or work for other organisations. Here are a few examples:
All OT's working in the UK are registered with the HCPC and have to abide by the professions 'Standards of Proficiency' http://hpc-uk.org/assets/documents/10000512Standards_of_Proficiency_Occupational_Therapists.pdf
If you are ever unclear as to the reason an OT is due to visit you please do contact them to ask for clarification, they should be more than happy to explain and be able to give you an outline of what to expect.
Jean Merrilees BSc MRCOT
You can read more of my posts at: https://community.scope.org.uk/categories/ask-an-occupational-therapist
No need to apologise, I was just trying to illustrate some
of the many ways that OT’s might be involved with providing services to people
However, it sounds as if what is important for you now is
trying to sort out what is going on with your care needs assessment and, if necessary,
challenging how it took place and the conclusions that were reached.
You mentioned that you have an advocate are they able to
assist you with this?
If you can’t get advice locally then you might want to
contact the Social Care Specialist at the Scope Helpline. Her name is Zoe. You
can contact Zoe by emailing [email protected]
or calling the freephone Helpline number 0808 800 3333 (open 9am to 5pm
weekdays, closed weekends and bank holidays) and asking to be booked into one
of Zoe’s telephone call-back appointments.
Hope this is more helpful
I'm going to tag @Zoe_Scope into this conversation to see if there is anything she can suggest.
Yes we spoke last year and I provided you with information about local support services which I believe you are now in touch with.
An approved mental health professional (AMHP) is
responsible for organising and coordinating assessments under the Mental Health
Act. The role of an AMHP is often held by specially trained social workers, but
can also be carried out by occupational therapists, community mental health
nurses and psychologists which is where the confusion about an OT assessment may
The Mental Health Act (1983) is the main piece of legislation that covers
the assessment, treatment and rights of people with a mental health disorder
The professionals carrying out the assessment consider hospital
admission and community based options that might help you, such as support and
treatment in your home. The assessors role is to consider all the options and
listen to your opinions.
The role of the Approved Mental Health Professional in
the assessment process is to give a non-medical view about your situation. This
might include looking at social aspects of your life such as your living
situation, what support you have and whether you're looking after yourself
involved in assessing you should keep you fully informed of what is happening.
They should answer any specific questions you have. You have the right to ask
them exactly why they are assessing you and what concerns they have about you.
You can make a complaint about the fact your request for an advocate be
present at the assessment was ignored, you could ask your advocate to help with this.
Please see NHS Choices
easy read factsheet that explains your rights https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/mental-health-services-explained/Pages/easy-read-mental-health-act.aspx
I understand my
colleague Debbie at the helpline is also providing advice to you about your
You can email me at
[email protected] if you would like further information about your rights and support available
in your local area.