Who decides if I need a driving occupational therapy service?
Generally, your doctor (which can be your GP or specialist) makes the determination whether your medical condition allows you to drive. They usually complete the RMS ‘Fitness to drive’ form which indicates this, and your doctor decides if you are medically fit to drive. If the doctor is not sure how an illness or condition is shaping your driving capacity, they can refer you to have an OT driving assessment. The driving occupational therapy service will then make this determination.
There are broadly two types of drivers who may require an OT driving assessment:
- Drivers on their learner’s licence with a medical condition/disability who need to learn how to drive in a safe manner
- Existing drivers who have recently suffered an injury or medical event or have newly been given a medical diagnosis (e.g. dementia or Alzheimer’s disease). This applies to drivers with all licence types (e.g. truck drivers).
Once your doctor advises you that you need an OT driving assessment (the RMS may also send you written documentation of this requirement), you will then need to look for a suitable driving occupational therapy service.