Isn’t it Time to Develop the Evidence Base for Role Emerging Practice?

I was thinking today about the limited evidence base on role emerging practice and it got me thinking that we, as a body of professionals, have to think of strategies to overcome this problem.

If we are to look beyond the NHS and traditional roles, which as occupational therapists we find ourselves in, shouldn’t we start to build the evidence base around these areas? Furthermore, isn’t it time that we who are promoters of role emerging practice advocate to other professionals what the benefits are of working in a non-traditional setting and should the COT promote this branch of practice collaboratively with us?

I was surfing the COT website and couldn’t help but notice the lack of support for role emerging practice within the “Specialist Sections”. Isn’t role emerging practice “specialist” and does it not warrant a “Specialist Section”?