The following Category list has been developed and co-ordinated with the help of OT professionals and we are extremely grateful for the informed input received.

Category descriptions are not overburdened with wordy criteria, as we believe in not being too prescriptive, preferring you to tell your story in your own way for the judges. We also believe that if you are an OT professional you will know exactly what the categories call for as entries.

All we ask is that you use the basic template of headings in your submission document. The template can be found on the Useful Advice page of this website. This helps the judges when comparing entries and it helps the marking system by allowing allocations of marks to each sector of a submission to be used consistently. We may still refine the template requirements based on feedback from the OT sector.

The following categories are open to any company or provider of OT services, as well as open to suppliers to OT practices, OT professionals or their clients and to universities offering OT courses.


Professional Practice categories

Excellence in paediatrics
Excellence in adult practice
Excellence with older adults
Excellence major adaptations
Excellence in rehab and reablement
Excellence with mental health
Excellence with neuro
Excellence with learning disabilities
Excellence with long term conditions
Excellence in generic roles
Best Covid or other infection intervention
Excellence in vocational rehab service
Excellence in community services
Best partnership
Excellence in integrated service
Best rapid response
Excellence in emerging roles
Excellence in charity sector
Expert witness
Best start-up (March 1 2022 – February 29 2024)


Supplier categories

Best equipment provider
Excellence in equipment innovation
Excellence in telecare
Excellence in software and software development
Excellence in technology
Best manual handling trainer
Best specialist trainer
Most effective social media influencer


Effectiveness categories

Effectiveness in online resources
Effectiveness in research
Best OT university course
Effectiveness in recruitment, training or motivation
Best employer
Bright new star
Most innovative practice
Most effective independent practice


Occupational Therapy Excellence Grand Prix

A gold award presented to the most outstanding OT practice in this year’s Awards.
The final winner will be chosen by the judges from among the category winners.

Awards ceremony: July 5

Time is always precious and sometimes writing an entry submission is one of those jobs put off until the last moment. For a helping hand to write your awards entries contact:

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