Traditionally, this role has fallen to occupational therapy staff, although it has been an uphill struggle to promote the value of occupation as an essential part of the service user's recovery pathway in some settings. The Star Wards document firmly acknowledges the vital importance of activity provision on wards.
However, while heartened by the article, the absence of a reference to occupational therapy as a key profession providing inpatient care and therapeutic activity is disappointing.
Star Wards has allowed occupational therapists to focus on the unique skills of occupational assessment and activity interventions, along with supporting ward staff, in order to develop structure and engagement in activities. In recognition of this, the College of Occupational Therapists is fully involved in the forthcoming publication of Star Wards II.
Julia Scott is chief executive of the College of Occupational Therapists.