Anne Longmore, head of the OT programme at York St John University said she felt that band 6 and band 7 OTs were able to develop their job roles thanks to their relative seniority, but that 'we really need to make sure the band 5 jobs have the word "occupational therapy" in them' in order to maintain the integrity of their professional identity.
Palliative care referrals occurring too late
Palliative care patients are being referred to OTs too late, according to Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, President of the Royal Society of Medicine
and the keynote speaker at the Specialist Section HIV/AIDS, Oncology and Palliative Care Conference. ‘Not only is it a tragic waste of patients' lives, it is also a waste of resources,' she
said. ‘There are hard economic arguments for being rapidly responsive as opposed to being bound by bureaucracy.'