Occupational Therapy is therapy based on performing the meaningful activities of daily life (self-care skills, education, work, or social interaction), especially to enable or enhance participation in such activities despite impairments or limitations in physical or mental functioning. Occupational Therapists work within a client-centred model of practice. PERSON, ENVIRONMENT and OCCUPATION are key components driving the OT practice.
The NHS employs full and part-time Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants. They provide services to the following areas:
- Intensive Care Units
- Acute care medical units
- Acute surgical units
- Preoperative total hip replacement clinics
- Geriatric Assessment & Rehabilitation Unit
- Complex Continuing Care units
- Outpatient Upper Extremity Program
- Palliative Care
- Mental Health and Addictions
Occupational Therapy Staff
Occupational Therapists are registered members of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario and adhere to all the provisions of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991. Qualifications for professional practice include:
- Graduation from an accredited university program with a baccalaureate or a master’s degree in Occupational Therapy
- Successful completion of the national certification examination administered by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
Occupational Therapy Assistants are non-registered health care providers, who provide therapeutic intervention and assistance to patients in the performance of their Occupational Therapy program under the direction of the Occupational Therapist. Qualifications for practice include an Occupational Therapist Assistant Diploma/Certificate from a community college.
Occupational Therapists are committed to the development of clinical expertise through continuing education and in the development of the profession through the participation in the education of students. Each year, Occupational Therapists among the NHS sites host 35 students from universities and colleges across Ontario and Canada.