DFG Basics Occupational Therapists

Event Information

1pm to 3:30pm
Microsoft Teams
FREE to attend



Specialist Occupational Therapist DFG Basics – Rules and Regulations

DFG Basics OT Training

OT DFG Basic Training

The first new official government guidance for Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) in 18 years has been published. Content has been designed to follow the guidance and to help you to effectively and efficiently deliver funded adaptations to best serve the needs of local older and disabled people. This course merges grant legislation with occupational therapy theory and practice.

This course gives a practical introduction to Disabled Facilities Grants, including an overview of the rules and regulations, how to them work in practice and tips for handling those tricky cases. We’ll also look at where Councils have gone wrong in the past and how to avoid making the same mistakes. 

OT DFG Basic Training

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, delegates will: 

  • Understand the legislation and regulations for Disabled Facilities Grants
  • How to apply the rules and use the associated guidance
  • Learn about common misunderstandings and how to challenge decisions
  • Overview of the DFG Quality Standard and ideas for improved delivery systems
  • Understand when and how to use discretion
Rachel Russell

Meet the Trainer

The course will be presented by Dr Rachel Russell.

Rachel has done many things during her 28-year career as an occupational therapist, but they have all focused on using the built aspects of the home environment to improve health and well-being. As a practitioner, she has spent most of her time in adult social care, including being the Principal Occupational Therapist at Calderdale Adult Health & Social Care before starting at Foundations.

As an academic and researcher, Rachel gained an MSc in Accessibility and Inclusive Design. She was then awarded a scholarship from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to study full-time for a PhD in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Salford. Her PhD research gained recognition in 2014 when she was awarded the Early Researcher Award from the United Kingdom Occupational Therapy Research Foundation.

Rachel was part of the team involved in the UK government-commissioned review of the Disabled Facilities Grant. Finally, Rachel is one of the authors of ‘Adaptations Without Delay’, published and launched by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists in June 2019. 

OT DFG Basic Training

Who should attend?

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists Assistants
  • Occupational Therapists students, currently on a community placement   

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens next? 

You will receive a confirmation email once the booking is complete containing the details you will need to access the course.  

How is this course presented? 

This course is presented using Microsoft Teams.  

When will I receive my certificate?  

Shortly after the course, you will receive an email containing a link to provide us with some feedback. Once completed, your certificate will be emailed to you. 

When will I receive the link to the course? 

The link to the course will be sent out one week prior to the course commencing. Please check your junk mail if you have not received the email containing the link. 

Is the course recorded?  

Unfortunately, our DFG Basics courses are not recorded. 

Will I need any materials? 

No materials are necessary for this course. Once you have completed the course, you will receive a copy of the PowerPoint used in the presentation of the course. This will be sent to you by email. 

If you have any further questions relating to the course, please email [email protected].