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OT Network

The National PICU Occupational Therapy network is a NAPICU initiative launched in March 2020.

There is a paucity of research literature related to occupational therapy in the specialised field of PICU, and a lack of information relating to occupational therapists’ needs, challenges or what constitutes good practice.  To address this and increase knowledge of the scope and practice of occupational therapy in PICU and low secure services, NAPICU has developed a National PICU Occupational Therapy Network.

The network aims to enable occupational therapists to learn about the supportive opportunities provided by NAPICU and develop valuable practice and research links to achieve the Network’s aims:


      • Share good practice and service development initiatives

      • Develop knowledge of the role and contribution of occupational therapy in PICU and Low Secure services

      • Explore the evidence-base for occupational therapy intervention

      • Promote staff support

    Members have the opportunity to network on various topics in Zoom meetings (Learn more).  Various projects are underway to benefit its members and PICU services as a whole. 

    Who can join the network?

    Occupational therapists and occupational therapy support workers who are NAPICU members* – you can take out personal membership, or you are automatically a member if your service has ward membership.

    *At this early stage of the network’s development, we are not inviting Engagement, Activity and Physical Health Practitioners, activity co-ordinators, therapeutic activity nurses, engagement co-ordinators, life skill recovery workers, social therapists or similar to join the network, but we do want to hear from you if you have a need and interest in networking as there may be scope to create such opportunities.

    Current projects in progress

    • National survey of PICU occupational therapy – research proposal in progress,
    • Training modules to support the professional development of new and experienced occupational therapists and OT support workers in PICUs.

    Direct inquiries and any specific training requests to the network lead – Becky Davies

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