The central theme of the College of Occupational Therapists 4th Student Conference (2009) was “Creativity” and “Innovation” in occupational therapy practice.
Innovation is crucial to the expansion and survival of occupational therapy in health and social care. Occupational therapists are trained with the professional skills that not only can be utilised in the constraints of the NHS, but can be implemented creatively in roles external to those traditional settings. However, the burning question that I would like answered is how many occupational therapists are courageous enough to step outside the cosy environment created by the NHS? Without a work force united in revolutionising occupational therapy practice, we will surely fail to live up to our potential!