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Birmingham City Council

Occupational Therapy Area Teams


Introduction

We aim to provide practical help and advice to enable people to live as independently as possible.


The Occupational Therapy Area Teams work closely with colleagues in the Health Service and Directorate of Place to ensure the provision of equipment and adaptations necessary for an individual to remain independent in their own home.

What services are provided?

  • Occupational Therapists complete Occupational Therapy assessments within an individual’s home
  • Occupational Therapists provide advice and will recommend and order equipment, minor and major adaptations to help with daily activities around the home.
  • Occupational Therapists design enablement plans for individuals to complete with Home Care to enable them to regain their independence with their daily tasks, within their home environment and enhanced assessment bed units
  • Occupational Therapists recommend and order assistive technology to increase individuals safety within their home
  • Occupational Therapists complete assessments for Discretionary Blue Badge within 3 day centres in Birmingham

Who can get our services?

Assessments for this service are provided to residents in Birmingham who are permanently and substantially disabled and who meet our service criteria. We work with all adults aged 18 upwards.

Assessments

Occupational Therapists assess individuals within their home environment, assessing individual’s functional ability and the impact of their reduced ability on their occupational performance. Our role is to enable individuals to achieve maximum independence in the home and within the community. The Occupational Therapist will determine appropriate equipment and adaptations to compensate for an individuals reduced functional ability, however where suitable we are able to offer an enablement programme, working closely with Social Workers and Home Carers with the aim of regaining ability and avoiding unnecessary dependence on care services.


We can also assess employers and people with disabilities to advise them how best to adapt employment premises.

How to Contact Us

The Adults and Communities Access Point (ACAP) is the first point of contact for the Occupational Therapy Area Teams.


You can telephone ACAP on 0121 303 1234


Or you can email us at ACAP@birmingham.gov.uk

For further information you can also download our leaflet available on the Leaflets and Information web page.

Service User Group

The service user group enabled service users to be actively involved in planning, reviewing and changing Occupational Therapy Services, in partnership with Occupational Therapy staff and other agencies. The aim was to provide better services to the public.


Our service is changing and if you are interested in getting involved with helping us to provide improved services to help all of our users, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Please contact us on 0121 303 1234 for more information.