Occupational Therapy for Long Covid was founded in order to combine our lived experience with Long Covid and professional experience of occupational therapy to promote the value of occupational therapy for adults and children with Long Covid. We want to support the development of occupational therapy services and research that centres the lived experience for the benefit of the worldwide Long Covid community.
Our official launch date is 1st March 2022 and our aims are to:
Create a useful resource for children, young people and adults with Long Covid to help them live well and engage in their everyday occupations.
Promote and collate the evidence on the value of occupational therapy in Long Covid services worldwide.
Connect occupational therapists/ergotherpists worldwide – both those who are living with Long Covid and those who are supporting people with Long Covid.
Support co-produced occupational therapy research into Long Covid.
Provide education and training to occupational therapists and occupational therapy students which centres the lived experience.
Work alongside other Long Covid peer support, advocacy and lived experience led groups such as Long Covid OT, Long Covid Physio, Long Covid Kids, Long Covid Support and Long Covid Work.
Demonstrate the contribution that occupational therapists living with Long Covid can offer.
Share our unique insights gained through living with Long Covid and engaging in our own everyday occupations.
You can find out more about the founding members on the About page.
We currently have two occupational therapy students on placement with us, and have previously supported another student placement. Our current students will be supporting us to develop the website and resources offered.
We look forward to connecting collectively and collaborating to develop this new venture.