We are delighted to announce that we have launched The OT Awards 2020!

These annual awards have been created to recognise occupational therapists who are going above and beyond in their roles on a daily basis. We want to celebrate the passion, dedication and creativity driven by OTs in all corners of the healthcare industry and to award those OTs who strive for the independence of their patients every day.

We love to celebrate the incredible work that OTs do and believe that the OT community is hugely undervalued; something we would like to change. The OT Awards are another way that we hope to raise the profile of the OT profession.

The OT Awards aim to recognise occupational therapists from all stages of their careers, from all walks of life and from the many different settings that OT exists in. We want to award the passion, dedication and creativity that OTs exude on a daily basis and we hope that these awards will highlight the amazing work happening in the OT community right now.

Submissions will be judged by an esteemed panel of occupational therapists, chaired by Jen Gash of the OTCoach. A shortlist will be created for each award, and the winners will be announced at a glittering award ceremony on Friday 23 October 2020 at the MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham.

The 10 award categories that you can enter are as follows:

  • Outstanding OT of the Year
    Recognising the outstanding work and contributions of an OT who goes above and beyond in every aspect of their practice.
  • Independent OT of the Year
    Recognising the outstanding work and contributions of an OT who is successfully practising independently.
  • OT Assistant/OT Technical Instructor of the Year
    Awarding an OTA or OTTI that has shown themselves to be a vital and dedicated member of a team.
  • Multi-disciplinary Team of the Year
    Recognising a team that includes at least one OT, where allied health professionals work exceptionally well together to provide a high level of care to their patients.
  • Innovative Project of the Year
    An OT or group of OTs who have created an innovative project or worked in an emerging role, where the OT theory, philosophy or intervention is being used to new effect or with a new client group.
  • Occupational Therapy Educator of the Year
    Recognising an outstanding OT in education for going the extra mile in inspiring, supporting and growing our new generation of OTs.
  • Paediatric OT of the Year
    Recognising an occupational therapist for their dedicated approach to working with children and young people.
  • Mental Health OT of the Year
    Awarding an OT who works specifically with people who are living with mental health problems.
  • OT in Elderly Care Award
    Recognising OTs working with older people and those living with conditions including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.
  • OT Leadership Award
    Recognising a lead OT who runs a successful team, someone who manages workloads, time and staff well to ensure a thriving work environment.

Visit ot-awards.co.uk to find out more and to enter.

We will also be running Product Awards to recognise the amazing innovations that are created to help patients lead independent lives, and help the carers and healthcare professionals involved in their care.