OT stewards can book their place now on the BAOT Stewards’ national training seminar taking place at Warwick University on 8-9 November 2022.

The seminar will include workshop sessions on pay, job evaluation, Long Covid, workplace stress, and fitness to practise and there will be a keynote speech from the Royal College of Occupational Therapist’s Chief Executive Steve Ford.

Delegate places are limited so get your applications in as soon as possible.

Branches are asked to spread the word to their BAOT/UNISON OT stewards and encourage them to come along.






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Long COVID – what does it mean for occupational therapy practice?

All BAOT members are invited to join us for our webinar ‘Long COVID – what does it mean for occupational therapy practice?’ on June 3rd at 7pm.

Our panel will discuss how occupational therapy services are being affected by the increased demand arising from Long COVID, and the opportunities and challenges for occupational therapists supporting people with the syndrome. The panel will also discuss how this may affect members and how you represent them.

Kirsty Robertson (UNISON)
Lauren Walker (RCOT)
Simon Toghill (BAOT/UNISON Steward)

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UNISON services and resources


All BAOT members (other than those outside the United Kingdom or those who are solely employed in private practice) are members of UNISON

UNISON provides industrial relations support for the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT).


UNISONUNISON is a powerful voice for working people in the United Kingdom, with over 1.3 million members working in public services, the community and voluntary sector and for private companies.
We represent our members in many ways, whether it's working with one of your local BAOT/UNISON stewards offering help and advice at work or by raising issues that will affect all occupational therapy staff at a national level. We work together to make sure our members concerns are heard - whether it's about pay, health and safety, discrimination or the future of occupational therapy services.


Problem at work?

For help and advice at work - or to find out more about UNISON services – please contact your local BAOT/UNISON steward or call our hotline: UNISONdirect  on 0845 355 0845. Calls are at local rate. Lines are open 6am-midnight Monday-Friday and 9am-4pm Saturdays.


If you don't have an OT Steward in your workplace, then elect one

Every workplace should have a BAOT/UNISON Steward to represent the views and needs of occupational therapy staff.  If you don’t have a steward in your workplace then you should raise this issue at one of your team meetings. OT Stewards are given accredited training and are entitled to paid time off to carry out their duties. 
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Other UNISON benefits

Whether you're on the job or outside the workplace, UNISON has a lot to offer its members:

  • Legal advice: UNISON provides expert legal help not just with work issues, but for you and your family outside the workplace, including personal injury, landlord disputes, criminal law representation and a free wills service.
  • UNISON Welfare, our unique charity, offers advice on issues like debt and domestic abuse and can also help with financial assistance through our hardship fund.
  • UNISON Learning and Organising Services offer a wide range of learning opportunities, which range from basic skills through to professional level qualifications. It opens the door to more and better training through a range of free courses and a partnership with the Open University.
  • Discounts and benefits from UNISONplus. We also offer a range of UNISONplus member benefits including insurance, mortgages, loans, savings plans and a credit card, plus discounts on travel, holiday packages, leisure activities and a range of other offers.


For more information on these and other benefits visit www.unison.org.uk/benefits

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