1st Edition

Theorising Occupational Therapy Practice in Diverse Settings

Edited By Jennifer Creek, Nick Pollard, Michael Allen Copyright 2023
    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    222 Pages
    by Routledge

    Practice theory provides a way of understanding everyday life, but until now its application in occupational therapy has not been much developed. Theorising Occupational Therapy Practice in Diverse Settings draws on practice theory to explore the conditions for occupational therapy practice in a variety of clinical and non-traditional settings.

    With examples from around the globe, the chapters of the first section unfold practice theory perspectives of occupational therapy history, the management of occupational therapists in health systems, professional roles and working contexts. A bridging chapter reviews this development and sets out some of the global social phenomena that shaped occupational therapy; including colonialism and social inequality. The authors look forward to where the profession finds itself at present, in terms of social and health needs, power structures, occupational therapy theory and emerging areas of practice. The second section of the book considers how occupational therapists are responding to the challenges facing the profession in relation to issues of access, resources and change. A final chapter reviews how occupational therapy can meet the health-related occupational needs of individuals, communities and populations throughout the 21st century. While acknowledging the complexity of occupational, health and social needs, the book enables readers to relate occupational therapy aims and objectives effectively to pragmatic strategies for dealing with the realities of working in different settings.

    With numerous case examples, this is an important new text for students and practitioners of occupational therapy. It is relevant both for those working in, or preparing for, placements in mainstream health and social care services, or in community interest companies, charities and social enterprises.

    Chapter 1- History and development of theory for occupational therapy practice

    Jennifer Creek and Michael Allen

    Chapter 2- Managerialism and health services

    Jennifer Creek

    Chapter 3- Space-time, temporality and professional roles

    Kate Sherry, Jennifer Creek and Michael Allen

    Chapter 4- Space-time, place and working contexts

    Kate Sherry and Anri-Louise Oosthuizen

    Chapter 5- The current position of occupational therapy theory and practice

    Nick Pollard

    Chapter 6- Access

    Elly Badcock, Elise Bromann Bukhave and Jennifer Creek

    Chapter 7- Resources

    Temple Moore and Jennifer Creek

    Chapter 8- Change in occupational therapy

    Anna Carreira De Mello, Tais Quevedo Marcolino and Nick Pollard

    Chapter 9- Where we want to be

    Nick Pollard and Jennifer Creek


    Jennifer Creek became an occupational therapist in 1970 and has worked in adult mental health, adult learning disabilities, professional education, primary care and mental health promotion. Jennifer has edited and co-edited textbooks and collections of essays on occupational therapy philosophy, theory and professional reasoning.

    Nick Pollard is a senior lecturer in occupational therapy who formerly worked in severe and enduring mental health services, having completed training in 1991. He has written and presented extensively on community-based rehabilitation and critical explorations of occupational therapy.

    Michael Allen is a sociologist and researcher specialising in social practice theory. He studied at the University of Hull and the University of Leeds before moving to the DEMAND Centre at Lancaster University in 2014, to take up a PhD studentship focusing on the energy demand of leisure activities.