Trust: can occupational therapists take it for granted?

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The trust that underpins the relationship between the Government, the public and professionals has been undermined, leading to proposed changes to the regulatory framework for professionals in order to strengthen clinical governance. In the National Health Service, the Knowledge and Skills Framework is suggested as a tool for revalidation, the implications of which are discussed. Occupational therapists should no longer take trust for granted, but neither is it something that can be managed entirely by legislation. Rather, occupational therapists have both a personal and a collective responsibility to re-forge public trust.


Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: October 1, 2009

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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