Published on 3rd April 2017
Adults who require rehabilitation following critical illness should have their short-term rehabilitation goals agreed within four days of admission to hospital, new draft NICE guidance suggests.
Published on 13th March 2017
HMRC has finally unveiled the online tool that assesses the IR35 status of contractors working through their Personal Service Company on government contracts. The Employment Status Service (ESS) tool was released late on 2nd March 2017 and is designed to help contractors, and the public sector organisations and agencies who hire them determine whether or not the worker is inside or outside IR35. Early trials have led to much criticism on contractor forums with many stating that they have found the tool inconclusive and therefore not fit for purpose.
Published on 17th February 2017
Picture this. You are a permanent occupational therapist in a local authority and you decide it’s time to go locum. You’ve made your decision and so you hand your notice in. You have your leaving party, all your colleagues get you cards and presents and you say your goodbyes. Monday rolls round and it’s time to start your new locum position. Only it’s in the same authority as your permanent job was, on the same floor – in fact just 30 feet from your old team that you said goodbye to on Friday.
Published on 6th February 2017
Older people should be asked about falls when they have routine assessments and reviews with health and social care practitioners, and if they present at hospital, NICE has urged.
Published on 3rd February 2017
Allied Health Professionals have the skills, knowledge and expertise to lead change in the health, social and wider care system, according to a report by NHS England.
Published on 15th January 2017
The College of Occupational Therapists has issued advice for OTs to pass on to their clients to keep them safe during the cold weather.
Published on 9th January 2017
Understanding the relationship between occupation and health and wellbeing should underpin occupational therapy practice, according to the Professional Standards for Occupational Therapy Practice.
Published on 5th December 2016
Contractors and their representative Industry bodies were united in their disappointment about the IR35 reform plans laid out in Autumn Statement relating to government contractors. The announcement contradicted Industry recommendations and left IPSE saying it was “seriously concerned” while APSCo was “furious” with the new changes.
Published on 2nd December 2016
All adults with social care needs who are in hospital should have a named discharge coordinator, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has urged.
Published on 19th November 2016
Occupational therapists can reduce hospital admissions by 70-80% by working in A&E and frontline emergency services, a key new report has highlighted.
Published on 20th October 2016
For those of you starting a career as a locum occupational therapist, becoming self-employed might be the first time that you have had to file a self-assessment form and pay tax directly to HMRC. Filling out a tax return can be time consuming and does require careful consideration - with a bit of planning, and a good sense of personal finance, it can be a relatively simple and even painless experience.