Social Enterprise in Rehabilitation

Course Overview

3 CEUs

This Hybrid Course consists of 2 parts:

1. Video Presentation

Join Nabeela Laher from Rehab for All, for an inspiring presentation on social entrepreneurship, innovation in low resourced contexts and building value-based services that can really help to transform health and wellness in the community.
The presentation includes:
    1. The need for innovation in rehabilitation
    2. What is a social entrepreneur
    3. What makes a good social project
    4. Examples of Innovative projects in South Africa
    5. Becoming part of change and Rehab For All South Africa

2. Article Activity

Read the literature then answer multiple choice questions related to the article (you must get 70% and above to qualify for the 3 CEUs).
After completing this activity the participant will be able to:
  1. Give examples of social enterprises in which OTS may work.
  2. Describe the benefits and challenges OTs may experience in working in a Social Enterprise.
  3. Describe the benefits involvement in social enterprises can offer service users.
  4. Discuss how social enterprises can impact on social and occupational injustice within communities.
  5. List skills OTs may need to develop in order to perform optimally within this setting.
You have until 31st December 2023 to complete this task.



Video Presenter:

The OT link is excited to welcome Nabeela Laher, founder of Rehab For All South Africa, an advocacy platform that promotes access to innovative support services for people with disabilities in South Africa, to present the video portion of this course.

Nabeela Laher is a registered Physiotherapist , social entrepreneur and consultant in health and disability innovation. She has had a diverse career across government, private and non-profit sectors, and has a special interest in developing rehabilitation services  that are innovative, accountable and accessible to more people. Nabeela is a graduate of Social Entrepreneurship Programmes at Gordon Institute of Business Science, and Impact Hub Johannesburg, and is the  founder of Rehab For All South Africa, an advocacy platform that promotes access to innovative support services for people with disabilities in South Africa.


Article details:


Stickley, A & Hall, K 2017, ‘Social enterprise: A model of recovery and social inclusion for occupational therapy practice in the UK’, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 91-101.


With the possibility of the National Health Insurance on our horizons in South Africa, the need for innovation in the way we conceptualise and provide rehabilitation services is real.

Social enterprise is an emerging arena for occupational therapy practice in the UK as a means to address job shortages and limitations in service delivery.

This qualitative research listed and reviewed various social enterprises which employ OTS in the UK. The research explored the compatibility of the occupational therapy philosophy within a social enterprise model with particular focus on promotion of health, well being and occupational justice. Benefits and challenges were identified with respect to OTs, service users and the occupational therapy profession.

This article offers some interesting business and professional insights into possibilities for OT service delivery in this setting.

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