Enabling occupational therapy: moving beyond the generalist vs specialist debate in community mental health

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Occupational therapists working in community mental health teams continue to debate their role within a case management model of service. They are caught between a service system, requiring them to work as generalist care coordinators, and a profession working to distinguish itself in a multi-disciplinary context. This opinion piece moves beyond the debate of generalist/specialist roles to propose that occupational therapists can define their role and increase awareness of the profession's value by demonstrating leadership in everyday practice. The Leadership in Enabling Occupation Model is presented as a reflective tool for enabling occupational therapy contributions within community mental health care.


Document Type: Short Communication

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4276/030802214X13990455043403

Publication date: May 1, 2014

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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 http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

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

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