Inspiring, Informing, Involving

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference is the premier CPD experience where cutting-edge research findings are delivered and practice excellence is shared. It celebrates the successes of occupational therapy and addresses the health and social care developments that will impact on the profession. It is after all the only annual conference organised by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists, the UK occupational therapy professional body. The Conference is returning to Birmingham, where we are expecting over 1,000 delegates, and 100 presenters along with exhibitors who are available to meet throughout the conference.

The conference programme is packed full with sessions across the occupational spectrum in practice, research and education. The Conference programme runs over two days, with 80 sessions, so you can select sessions to attend that will ensure your CPD needs are effectively met. And the conference experience goes further…creating opportunities for informative meetings, inspiring discussion and involvement in occupation stations, and exhibitor demonstrations.

Registration rates

Registration Type

Discounted rates

Standard rates

Fully paid by 3 May 2019
Members £319 £249 £638 £319
Non members £599 £499 £799 £599
Presenter – Member £299 £249 £299 £249
Presenter – Non Member £499 £399 £499 £399
Fellow £79 £79 £239 £239
Retired Member £79 £79 £239 £239
Student* – Member £79 £79 £239 £239
Student* – Non Member £249 £199 £349 £299
Group package** 10% discount** N/A 10% discount** N/A
**Based on minimum of 5 delegates, excluding students, attending FULL conference. Discount applied to rate at time of booking.

Full details, including terms and conditions

Your conference pass includes access to the following:

  • All plenary sessions
  • All presentations and sessions in the conference programme and networking meetings
  • Conference day lunches, and morning and afternoon refreshments
  • Personal copy of the Book of Abstracts
  • The Exhibition and Exhibition workshops
  • Welcome Drinks Reception

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Thank you

Thank you to all of our reviewers for marking the abstracts for our 2019 Annual Conference. They are:

Sarah Bodell, Conference Development Team 

Terry Brown, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, University of Derby

Dee Christie, Conference Development Team,  

Catriona Connell, Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust / University of Warwick

Dr Claire Craig, Reader in Design and Creative Practice in Health, Co-Director Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University

Sue Delport, Lecturer: Occupational Therapy and BSc(OT) Programme Manager, School of Healthcare Sciences, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences
Cardiff University

Alison Double, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, University of Worcester

Fiona M Douglas, Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy, University of the West of England, Bristol

Mike Feighan, Senior Occupational Therapist, Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Nichola Gadsby, Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Coventry University

Tania Patricia Holmes, Occupational Therapist & Product Assistant, Winslow Resources/ROMPA

Alison Kerr, Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy, Acting Programme Leader MSc Hand Therapy, University of Derby

Sarah Lawson, Conference Development Team

Sun Wook Lee, Assistant Professor, Daegu University, Republic of Korea

Ken Levins, Chair, Conference Development Team 

Pauline McDonald, Research and Development Officer, Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Hiromi Nakamura-Thomas, Professor, Graduate School of Health, Medicine and Welfare, School of Occupational Therapy, Saitama Prefectural University, Japan

Thais Pousada, PhD Occupational Therapist; Professor at OT Degree, University of A Coruña.

Mandy Sainty, Conference Development Team,  

Dr Clare Taylor, Vice Chair, Conference Development Team,  

Libby Thompson, Associate Head of Department: Allied Heath Professions, University of the West of England, Bristol

Dr Lorna Wales, Research Professional Lead, The Children's Trust

Homa Zahedi, Senior Lecturer, Division of Allied Health Sciences, School of Health and Social Care, London South Bank University