Occupational Therapy Week 2018 will take place from November 5th-11th, and the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) has said interest in it has been "overwhelming".
It stated this has been so much the case that it is no longer able to issue Occupational Therapy Week packs, since demand has been so high.
However, RCOT stated: "It's been really positive to see such a high level of interest, and thank you to everyone for your enthusiasm in promoting the profession."
Those who have ordered packs will be getting them from October 15th, while the profession as a whole appears to have high hopes that this year's event will go a long way towards promoting the benefits of occupational therapy.
RCOT describes Occupational Therapy Week as "an opportunity for occupational therapists to be loud and proud; and also encourage other people who have benefited from occupational therapy to tell the difference it has made in their lives".
It added that the week can feature a range of activities, including promotional events, tea mornings and online activity. The key theme for 2018 is "securing the future of occupational therapy", which is one of the five key strategic pledges to which RCOT is committed.
As such the week acts as a "rallying cry" to occupational therapists to get involved in promoting what they do, in order to engage everyone involved in the field in "safeguarding" the profession.
It is urging members to make pledges to promote and protect occupational therapy, with these being shareable online using social media hashtags such as #OTPledge.
Suggested activities include spending time telling friends about the profession and its benefits, visiting schools, recording events so that these can be shared more widely on social media, writing to local elected politicians to promote occupational therapy and informing the local press about events so that they can provide additional publicity.
RCOT said the case for backing more occupational therapy can be made more powerfully as a result of the increased awareness about it that the week could promote.
Written by Alex Franklin Stortford
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