Date lodged: 16 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the College of Occupational Therapists' report, Reducing the pressure on hospitals: A report on the value of occupational therapy in Scotland.
Answered by: Shona Robison 25 January 2017
The Scottish Government recognises the valuable contribution that occupational therapists make to reducing admissions to hospital and to discharge planning and we welcome this report.
Our Active and Independent Living Improvement Programme, currently in development, will help maximise the contribution occupational therapists, and other Allied Health Professionals, make to Scotland's health and social care services. The programme will be wide ranging, delivering interventions that emphasise early intervention and enablement within the home or community setting. A key aim of the programme will be to reduce demand and impact on acute services.