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Working with Charities and benevolent funds

We are proud to deliver services to charities throughout the UK. Whether assisting with grant funding applications or arranging major home adaptations, our specialist team work within the ethos of the charities we serve to deliver quality clinical care.

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Why The OT Practice?

We understand the importance of prompt, reliable and high quality care when it comes to choosing occupational therapists for your beneficiaries. We offer:

  • Simple, transparent, fixed fees which are inclusive of travel
  • An office-based client manager who is also an experienced OT, as a single point of contact to manage your referrals
  • A timely service, with no waiting lists
  • A straightforward online quotation and referral system
  • The largest nationwide network of private occupational therapists in the UK, ensuring we are able to provide expert therapists covering all clinical specialisms who are also local to your clients
  • A strict selection, interview and registration process for OT Practice therapists to guarantee only the highest standard of care
  • Clear timescales for delivery of assessment and report services, allowing us to see clients within seven days of referral
  • Monthly progress reports for ongoing interventions at no extra cost
  • Specialist adult and paediatric client management and therapy teams
  • Reports that are quality-assured by our client manager before delivery

Services

Assessments and reports

Our assessments and reports support applications for grant funding, for equipment such as stairlifts or scooters, or for more substantial work towards home adaptations or rehabilitation. Timely and accurate, they include sound clinical reasoning to ensure your beneficiaries' needs are met and funds correctly allocated.

Training

Tailoring our service to your organisation's needs, we provide training to individual carers and teams on the use of specialist equipment, moving & handling and many other care issues.

Our approach to working with charities

Worked with charities for many years, we have gained an excellent understanding of their occupational therapy needs and been able to tailor our services to match. There are three elements we have identified that are key to delivering exceptional service to charities and benevolent funds.

Our client managers

From your initial enquiry to discharge you will have an experienced, office-based OT as your point-of-contact to manage your cases and ensure quality, consistency and timeliness. They will first aim to fully understand the need for each referral, and then recommend how to proceed based on sound clinical knowledge, working with you to select the most appropriate OT in our team to provide care.

Our processes & systems

We manage many cases at any one time and have hundreds of OTs working in the community, so ensuring every case runs smoothly requires dependable logistics. We have refined our processes and invested in bespoke systems to provide the foundation to The OT Practice's operations.

Our nationwide team of therapists

We have the largest team of private OTs in the UK and all have passed a strict selection, interview & registration process to ensure we only have the best on our team. Clinical skills and experience are essential, but to become an OT Practice therapist our team members must demonstrate a track record of professionalism and the right attitude to customer service, as well as having an energetic and innovative approach.

Can we help?

Call our client managers on 0330 024 9910
Or email [email protected]

Some companies & organisations we have worked with

Bank Workers Charity
British Nuclear Test Veterans Association
Masons
Papworth Trust
The Nuclear Community Charity Fund
The Royal British Legion
Fashion, Textile, Childrens Trust
Newlife Charity

Next steps

Initial consultation

For help with an application that requires an OT assessment, or to make a referral or enquiry, one of our client managers (who will also be an experienced OT) will be able to identify an OT whose expertise matches your location and requirements.

Quote

Once our client manager has established your needs, you would then be sent a quotation detailing the actions we propose and the associated fee. All our fees are fixed, transparent and inclusive of travel costs. If further work might be required in the future then we would also provide as much detail about this as we can to inform your future costings.

Referral

Once you have had time to consider the options and costs, and if you would like to proceed, the next step would be our online referral form. Of course, if you would like guidance on completing the form, or if you have any other questions at that time, our client manager will always be available to assist.

Assessment

Our OT will be in touch within 24 hours to arrange an assessment at a time that suits you or your beneficiary, with early evening and weekend appointments available if preferred.

Report & recommendations

Our reports are delivered within seven days and are professional, comprehensive and jargon-free. We provide a clinical analysis of the needs identified and any professional judgements made, highlighting risks and making clear recommendations for addressing them to support an application for grant funding.

Supplier agreements

If your team are likely to make multiple referrals then we would be happy to discuss how you might benefit from a more structured Service Level Agreement and establish if there would be any scope for volume discounts.

Client feedback

Can we help?

Call our client managers on 0330 024 9910
Or email [email protected]

Commonly asked questions by charities and benevolent funds

Why would we need an occupational therapist's assessment before providing equipment?

Central to the role of an OT is ensuring that equipment meets the immediate and long-term clinical needs of a client. Having an OT involved at the assessment stage can avoid costly mistakes and ensure that the item purchased improves quality of life and reduces risks to clients and their carers.

Find out more about our housing & equipment service and how our OTs can help.

What sort of services do you provide to charities and others involved in social care?

Reasons for referrals to The OT Practice are very varied, including:

  • Supporting an application for funding for specific equipment such as a stair-lift, wheelchair or scooter.
  • Supporting an application for funding of a home adaptation such as an extension or wet room.
  • Advice on equipment to support a hospital discharge or palliative client.
  • Treatment for children with sensory or handwriting needs, or who for different reasons are struggling to achieve at school.
  • Rehabilitation sessions to increase independence, possibly as a follow-on from statutory services.
  • Housing needs assessments to review the suitability of current stock or examine future needs.

Which kinds of client can you support?

Occupational therapists assess clients of all ages and abilities who are experiencing difficulties. Charities will make referrals to us on behalf of clients with clinical needs who are ineligible for local authority services, or where waiting times for such services are impossibly long. Those we help include:

  • Amputees.
  • Individuals with orthopedic problems and chronic pain.
  • Elderly people encountering age-related difficulties around the home and community.
  • People with chronic, deteriorating conditions such as MS and Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Clients with mental health problems such as depression or anxiety.
  • Those with cognitive impairments such as autism and other learning difficulties.

Find out more about the conditions and problems our OTs can help with.

Do you supply equipment?

Once an OT has identified a clinical need for equipment, they can recommend an item, obtain quotations and arrange delivery and installation if desired. Due to our size and national coverage we have extensive contacts among equipment providers, or if desired we can work within your preferred provider framework.

Find out more about our housing & equipment service and how our OTs can help.

Can you support housing adaptations?

We often provide assessments and recommendations for a range of environmental adaptations around the home, including wet rooms, ramps, stair lifts and extensions. We work with local authorities and the private sector to ensure that any work meets the client's needs. Adaptations for children are also a major part of the work we do.

Find out more about our housing & equipment service and how our OTs can help.

Do you provide a nationwide service?

We have several hundred occupational therapists covering every area of the UK. Wherever your beneficiaries are located and whatever their clinical needs, we are well placed to find you the right OT.

Find out more about the locations we cover and how our OTs can help.

Do you have a waiting list?

We do not have any waiting lists and in most cases our clients are assessed by an experienced OT within seven days of referral, with our reported recommendations reaching you in a further seven days. We also respond to emergency requests, for example unforeseen hospital discharges or other times when clients are at acute risk.

How do I make a referral to The OT Practice?

Please call us on 0330 024 9910 or email [email protected] and we would be delighted to help. Your call will be answered by an experienced OT who will be able to send you a full quotation, and match your client to the right field-based OT from our team.