The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) has been leading a taskforce bringing together the Royal College of Speech & & Language Therapists, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP), British Academy of Childhood Disability and the Disabled Childrens Partnership to call for higher access to therapy assistance for kids and youths.
A new working group checking out access to treatments for kids and young individuals with unique instructional needs and disabilities (SEND) provides a chance for occupational therapists (OTs) to raise awareness to the UK Federal government of their role in allowing children to understand their capacity.
After getting assistance from the Childrens Minister back in November to secure childrens therapists from redeployment, the college fulfilled with the minister in April 2021 to highlight issues that therapy support for kids with disabilities was sitting at just 30 percent of the level it was pre-pandemic.
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Due to RCOTs work, the minister is setting up a working group consisting of NHS England, the Department for Education (DfE), Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) and Public Health England (PHE) to look particularly at access to treatments for kids and young individuals with SEND.
The minister was fast to act upon RCOTs guidance and sent an e-mail to all schools in England on 24th April to stress the guidance and ask that all therapists and health specialists have access to schools to help the most vulnerable children.
The college has actually verified it will be reaching out to members to engage with activity related to this working group.
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RCOT has been welcomed as a key driver to rest on this group and recommend on the next steps to guaranteeing that the education, advancement and mental health of children and young individuals is not disregarded.
Talking about this advancement, RCOT Chief Executive Steve Ford, said: “This is truly favorable news, demonstrating how lobbying by the RCOT public affairs team gets outcomes for our members and society.”
The proposed working group is a welcome chance for OTs to raise awareness of their role in making it possible for children and youths with physical, discovering and psychological health needs to realise their prospective and take part as valued members of their neighborhood.
RCOT states it will be promoting cross-departmental support to ensure all kids can access occupational therapy at the right time and in the best location.