Is it time for a mental health pathway in undergraduate programmes?

Katrina Bannigan, Patsy Lewis, Alison Laver-Fawcett, Caroline Wolverson, Cathy Long, Diane Cadman, Diane Cotterill

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As a group of occupational therapists working in mental health practice, education and research, we have concerns about the development and honing of occupational therapists' knowledge and skills for modern mental health practice. There are always competing priorities in occupational therapy curricula, but recent mental health policy and legislative developments prompted us to question whether the profession should radically reorganise the delivery of occupational therapy education in the United Kingdom. We recommend a wide debate about occupational therapy education and an exploration of different models of curriculum design. This opinion piece is a contribution to this debate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-156
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2011


  • mental health
  • curriculum development
  • undergraduate education


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