The British Association and College of Occupational Therapists

The British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) is the professional body and trade union for occupational therapy staff in the UK. Eight English regions and three countries are represented within its membership.

The College of Occupational Therapists (COT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BAOT and operates as a registered charity. It represents the profession nationally and internationally, and contributes widely to policy consultations throughout the UK. It sets the professional and educational standards for occupational therapy, providing leadership, guidance and information relating to research and development, education, practice and lifelong learning.

BAOT puts you in touch with 29,000 occupational therapy staff

As the professional body for occupational therapy, the BAOT provides guidance, advice and support to meet members’ needs throughout their career. This includes lifelong learning materials; free downloads of College books; access to OT-related e-journals; a helpline; OTNews and the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, plus £5m of professional indemnity insurance cover.

What’s more, they put members in touch with each other through our regional and local groups, specialist sections, and via our Facebook pages, Twitter and discussion forums providing access to over 29,000 like-minded peers including occupational therapy students, practitioners, managers, researchers, educators, consultants, independent practitioners and occupational therapists who are returning to work after a break.