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Occupational Therapy

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Lord Luce Lord Luce Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have a target number for occupational therapists for the NHS; and if so, what is that target.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Occupational therapists work in the National Health Service, local authority, voluntary and independent sectors.

The Department does not have a specific target number for the number of occupational therapists for the NHS.

Healthcare providers are responsible for ensuring that they have the right level of staffing to provide high quality care. Health Education England will work through its Local Education and Training Boards and others to ensure that there are sufficient staff being trained to meet the needs of patients.

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