Join our network of Occupational Therapists in Bristol and the surrounding areas!


Earlier this year, we created an online survey to see if local OT’s were interested in attending networking events.

Over 100 OT’s from the Bristol, BANES, Gloucester, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset areas replied.

There was a very positive response to this, with 95% of OT’s saying ‘yes’ – they would be interested in attending a local network.


Our first networking event


Our first event was held at the WE Care Home Improvements Home Independence Centre on Thursday 25th July 2019.  We kicked off with finding out a bit more about each other, and shared what it is we love about being occupational therapists.  We then reflected on what it is we would like to gain from attending networking events.  This included:

  • Having more information on local services to signpost clients to
  • Sharing knowledge and skills
  • Learning more about different health conditions
  • Equipment demonstrations from reps

It was agreed that events will be held 2 monthly at the WE Care Home Improvements Home Independence Centre


How to become a member


If you are an occupational therapist or an OTA working in Bristol or the surrounding areas, we’d love to hear from you.  To become a member of the network, please email


Next meeting


The next meeting will be on Thursday 7th November 2019.

Rachel is an independent OT and an OT associate for Talking Mats – a social enterprise with a vision to improve the lives of people with communication difficulties by increasing their capacity to communicate effectively about things that matter to them.

The Talking Mats tool was developed by speech and language therapists and is used across the world.  Rachel, within her OT role, has specifically been looking at the use of Talking Mats as a thinking tool.  She uses the tool within clinical practice to help clients identify and set goals, and to enable people to think and talk about difficult subjects.  She has also completed a small project looking at how Talking Mats can help OT’s to have more productive supervision sessions.

Following the talk, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and speak with other attendees.


Previous meetings


Thursday 25th July 2019 – first meeting

Thursday 19th September 2019 – speaker – Bristol Dementia Wellbeing Service 


Contact us…


If you would like to contact the network, please email



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