The Professional body for Occupational Therapists in Ireland

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What to expect

Any person using the title 'Occupational Therapist' has completed specialised training in occupational therapy resulting in a DipCOT/BSc/MSc in Occupational Therapy. Although statutory registration is not currently in place in Ireland, an OT who is a current member of AOTI will practice ethically and professionally being mindful of AOTI Code of Ethics.

If attending an OT privately, the AOTI Private Practice Advisory Group have devised the following guidelines in standards of practice:

  • An Occupational Therapist in Private Practice is a self employed professional, a partner in a company or principal in his/her own company.
  • An Occupational Therapist in Private Practice is self governing and accepts clients according to his/her professional knowledge and experience.
  • Fees for Occupational Therapy Services are set by individual therapists with regard to “The Competitions Act 2002”. 
  • Therapists employed by a principal therapist in providing Private Occupational Therapy services are not considered to be an “Occupational Therapist in Private Practice”.

The purpose of this Standard in Practice document is to provide a set of principles that apply to all members of the Association working in “Private Practice”.

  • It is a statement of the values used in promoting and maintaining professional behaviour among Occupational Therapists in Private Practice in Ireland.
  • It is also to promote consistency in the delivery of Occupational Therapy provided by Occupational Therapists working in Private Practice nationally.

The Practitioner

  • The Occupational Therapy Practitioner in this context will be a member of the Association of Occupational Therapists Ireland and other related
    Clinical Specialist groups as appropriate.
  • A minimum of 5 years clinical experience post graduation in a particular area of practice is advised and strongly recommended before commencing employment in private practice.
  • A Practitioner should adopt and follow the “Code of Ethics” of the AOTI and the requirements of state registration when it becomes law.
  • The Practitioner should be aware that in law holding oneself as a Specialist in any area of work requires a higher degree of skill than one who does not profess to be so qualified by special training and ability.
  • Each Practitioner has a duty to be aware of the limits of his/her expertise or competence.
  • Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance Scheme is essential before starting work in Private Practice.

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