Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) COVID Support Fund

Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) COVID Support Fund

Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) COVID Support Fund

Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) has been awarded funding by the COVID-19 Healthcare Support Appeal (CHSA) to support members who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding is available for members who require further support following an application to UNISON’s ‘There for You’ funding, and for self-employed members ineligible for UNISON funding.

Members can apply for a grant of up to £2,500 to help with:

  • general living costs
  • unexpected bills
  • disability equipment
  • psychological support or counselling
  • other difficulties caused as a direct or indirect consequence of the pandemic, such as job loss, reduced income (for either you or your partner), relationship breakdown, bereavement, or other work-related or personal circumstances.

The challenges of the pandemic have been wide-ranging and far-reaching, so if members’ circumstances have been negatively affected by COVID-19 in other ways, they are also eligible to apply. Particular consideration is given to those at greater risk from being impacted by the pandemic, including those working in high-risk environments such as critical care or in care homes, disabled individuals or those living with long-term health conditions, including long COVID, ethnic minorities, and people living in areas with higher restrictions on the economy.

RCOT members who are UNISON members can also benefit from financial assistance and counselling services through UNISON Welfare as well as UNISON’s ‘There for You’ funding.

We are here to support our members throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and any difficulties, stresses, or complications they experience in their personal or professional lives. Our FAQs are kept up-to-date with the latest advice, guidance and information relevant to the four nations and we are dedicated to supporting occupational therapists and access to occupational therapy for service users throughout the pandemic.

To apply for funding, please download and fill out the form below and send it to [email protected]