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In June 2018 the Department for Transport agreed to clarify the criteria for eligibility for Blue Badges to be more inclusive of people living with hidden disabilities, providing parity between mental and physical health conditions.
Occupational Therapists, with their broad knowledge and experience of holistic assessment techniques, are one of the best-placed professions to fairly determine eligibility.

We will be hosting talks at the 2018 OT show this November to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by this change in criteria and the work being done to provide OTs with the tools and guidance they need to confidently make eligibility decisions and lead the way in this new and evolving area.

Stephen Naylor, MD of Access Independent, and Sue Gray, Senior OT in the blue badge assessment service, will be joined by Fern Silverio, Head of Service – Collections & Housing Benefits for the London Borough of Harrow, and Shaidi Khan, Accessible Transport Manager for the London Borough of Southwark, to discuss the upcoming changes and the vital role Occupational Therapists have to play.
To learn more about the opportunities for Occupational Therapists and the work being done to support them please join us at this year’s OT show,

Stand H31.

Weetwood Hall Leeds Hotel and Conference Centre, Otley Road, Leeds LS16 5PS

29th of October 2018, 09:30 – 16:30


Run by Stephen Naylor, MD, Access Independent Ltd

Looking to have better work/life balance or wishing to work as an Independent Practitioner?
Our How to be an independent OT training workshop aims to equip any OT with the essentials of working Independently  including:

  • Demystifying tax
  • VAT
  • Insurance
  • What to charge
  • Effective credit control and bookkeeping
  • What is your Unique Selling Point
  • How to set yourself apart
  • How to sell your service in a way that’s comfortable
  • Diversifying your skills

Cost: £120 for first 10 people, Standard rate £170, includes lunch etc.

To book please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-be-an-independent-ot-tickets-48402489148


Please contact Lindsey for any queries @: lindsey.powell@accessindependent.co.uk or 01223 229091

Please do not book travel or accommodation without written confirmation that the course is going ahead, we are unable to refund such expenses


In this set of case studies, we set out examples of how our Occupational Therapists have helped people with mental illnesses, specifically with the aim of getting back to work. Research has shown that working can have a positive influence on our overall wellbeing and mental health, and that improved mental health treatment can be an effective way of helping people return to work.

Occupational Therapists can offer a wide range of assessments and treatment plans to help people improve their wellbeing and help enable them to achieve their full potential, not only in the workplace but in all their occupations.

Case 1

Kate, 36 years old, part time administrator, from West Midlands, was suffering from suicidal thoughts and a loss of morale and motivation at work which left her feeling directionless. An Occupational Therapist carried out a consultation and put together an ongoing treatment plan consisting of mindfulness training, goal setting and regular reviews. Following this plan, she felt more valued and supported again and more comfortable in her role. She was able to return to work with her previous hours following a phased return.

Case 2

Mike, 50 years old, engineer, from London. After some organisational changes in his workplace, Mike began to experience anxiety and a lower mood. An Occupational Therapist worked with him to create a vocational rehabilitation plan, involving both the employee and employer. Mike was able to return back to full time hours, feeling much more confident and capable while the employer created a more effective work space.

Case 3

Jonathan, an employer from London, wanted to help an employee who was suffering from depression remain at work. An Occupational Therapist facilitated his recovery via a treatment plan in his home environment where he felt most comfortable, including CBT, goal setting and regular reviews. Jonathan was able to retain his employee, whose productivity and ability to cope in the workplace improved.


Names and locations within these case studies have been changed to ensure the privacy of our service users.

NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL

4th June 2018, 09:30 – 16:30


Run by Stephen Naylor, MD, Access Independent Ltd

Looking to have better work/life balance or wishing to work as an Independent Practitioner?
Our How to be an independent OT training workshop aims to equip any OT with the essentials of working Independently  including:

  • Demystifying tax
  • VAT
  • Insurance
  • What to charge
  • Effective credit control and bookkeeping
  • What is your Unique Selling Point
  • How to set yourself apart
  • How to sell your service in a way that’s comfortable
  • Diversifying your skills

Cost: £120 for first 10 people, Standard rate £170, includes lunch etc.

To book please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-be-an-independent-ot-tickets-43242007007


Please contact Lindsey for any queries @: lindsey.powell@accessindependent.co.uk or 01223 229091

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