College of Occupational Therapists to Receive Royal Status
The College of Occupational Therapists, which has been running since 1936, has been granted permission by The Queen to become known as the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
The College, which represents over 31,700 Occupational Therapists throughout the UK, is the professional body that promotes the unique value and benefits of occupational therapy to the public, service commissioners and political representatives.
In order to gain the title of Royal, the College will have been granted permission by The Queen, acting on the advice of her ministers. “The title ‘Royal’ and any other personal title is therefore very sparingly granted and strict standards are applied.” According to an article by the college of OTs.
Chief Executive of the College, Julia Scott commented on the name change saying: “I am proud and delighted that Her Majesty has seen fit to grant us permission to allow us to become a Royal College. It is a testament to the hard work, dedication and highest level of professional standards which our members demonstrate day in, day out that we have been granted this honour and should ensure that the profession is more involved in shaping health and social care policy. I look forward to embarking on the next chapter in our history as the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.”