national association of psychiatric intensive care units

Practice issues and guidance on delivering and managing occupational therapy and activity-based intervention in PICUs in the context of Covid-19

This document has been developed as an outcome of occupational therapists sharing practice experience via the NAPICU Occupational Therapy Network during May 2020.

This document will change with developments in service provision in response to the pandemic occur. In relation to delivering and managing occupational therapy and activity-based intervention, key recommendations and practice issues are stated in sections A, B and C below, organised in relation to section 2 of Managing acute disturbance in the context of COVID-19(NAPICU, 2020).This is followed by a summary of key occupational therapy role and intervention recommendations and continuing professional development.

All recommendations should be considered in relation to each service context, local policies, professional standards, codes of ethics and conduct.

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