Meeting the occupational needs of mental health service users: indicative care packages and actual practice

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Payment mechanisms in English mental health services require professionals to describe treatments and demonstrate cost-effectiveness. A national occupational therapy study has prepared the way by profiling the occupational needs of service users and describing indicative care packages.

This practice analysis reports on a local survey, which was conducted in parallel with the national study. Treatment aims were found to correspond with key elements of the occupational profiles. This supports the accuracy of the profiles. It also provides evidence towards the effectiveness of the service being provided by demonstrating the ability of occupational therapists to target the proven needs of service users.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: August 1, 2012

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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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