On 24 January the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) announced the recipients of their esteemed Fellowship Awards for 2022.

Every year RCOT award Fellowships to occupational therapists who have made an exceptional contribution to the profession over a number of years. This award is described by RCOT as “the highest honour that we can give our professional members”, and it truly recognises the unwavering hard work and commitment to the profession shown by the recipients over the course of their career.

Recipients are chosen following nominations from RCOT members. Each year members are encouraged to nominate colleagues for a Fellowship Award or a Merit Award which recognises a special contribution to the OT profession, unfortunately this year there were no nominations for Merit Awards.

2022 sees six outstanding occupational therapists receiving a Fellowship Award, and we are delighted to say that one of those recipients is our regular columnist Kate Sheehan! The full list is as follows:

  • Dee Christie, Chair, Elizabeth Casson Trust
  • Jo Adams, Emeritus Professor of Musculoskeletal Health, School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Environment and Life Sciences, University of Southampton and Visiting Professor, University of Liverpool
  • Julia Scott, Former Chief Executive and Secretary, British Association and Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Kate Sheehan, Director, The OT Service – Independent Occupational Therapist
  • Paul Devlin MBE, Occupational Therapy Service Lead, Southeastern Health and Social Care Trust, The Ulster Hospital, Belfast
  • Samantha Shann, Director and Occupational Therapist, The OT Service UK and President, World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists will release information on how to nominate your colleagues for next year’s Fellowship and Merit Awards in June 2022. You can find out more at rcot.co.uk.

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