What is it about?
The occupational therapist is a relatively young actor in primary care. It is still quite unusual for other primary care professionals to work together with an occupational therapist. Until they notice that occupational therapists are real bridge-builders, between health and social care. They are true connectors between primary care disciplines.
Occupational therapists always work closely alongside the person requiring care and support, in their care and social context. As well as family carers, they collaborate with a wide range of primary care professionals and also with those providing services in the areas of housing, work, education, training, leisure etc.
The starting point for an occupational therapist’s activities is always the person’s independence and social participation, seen from the perspective of the life goals that they set for themselves. This guarantees an integrated approach. On the occasion of the Symposium Go Ergo. Go!, organized on the initiative of the Dr Daniël De Coninck Fund, a guide has been published that provides guidance for occupational therapists and other primary care professionals. This guide concludes with 7 policy recommendations that are also relevant in an international context.
Download the Policy recommendations.
The full guide is available in Dutch and French.