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


Last 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


Next meeting


The next meeting will be on Thursday 23rd January 2020.

Chris Smith will give an overview of manual handling equipment/techniques (including hoists, stand aids and slide sheets).  As this will not be a practical session, Chris is happy for attendees to bring any complex case studies they may have for the group to discuss, and work through together.

Chris works for Bristol City Council and in independent practice.  She has experience working with children and adults, and she is an accredited manual handling trainer.


Previous meetings


Thursday 25th July 2019 – first meeting

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

Thursday 11th November 2019 – speaker – Rachel Woolcomb on Talking Mats



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


Contact us…

If you would like to contact the network, please email


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