#OTalk 27th November 2018 – Occupation Focused Goal Setting Tools for Children and Young People 

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Goal Setting Tools for Children and Young People” and will be hosted by Emma Laird (@EmmalairdOT).

Here is what Emma had to say…

Occupational therapy offers a unique perspective known as an occupation-centred approach (Fisher, 2013) to promote engagement and participation within occupa

tions which supports health and well-being.  When identifying therapeutic goals for children and young people, this has previously been influenced by what the parents/family consider to be the main concerns and priorities (Pollock et al, 2014; Rodger and Kennedy-Behr, 2017).  However, it is recognised that children need to be active in setting goals where possible to enhance engagement and participation in interventions to improve outcomes.  For intervention to be client-centred, a collaborative goal setting approach involving the child and their family is essential to identifying what the priorities are whilst being meaningful and important to the child (Bamm and Rosenbaum, 2008).  

There has been a professional shift towards occupation-centred practice (Rodger and Keen, 2010) and the need for tools to help facilitate children to self-report their goals.  This has been area of practice whereby new tools have been published to help the therapist in empowering the child and family to identify occupation-based goals (Rodger and Kennedy-Behr, 2017) which is in line with government policies.  

Within my practice, goal setting helps inform our clinical practice by delivering effective intervention that is client-centred and evidenced based (Costa, Brauchie and Kennedy-Behr, 2017).  However, with the development of new self-reporting tools and professional changes whereby we focus on occupation this has made me ask questions and look at the evidence to support my clinical practice.

Questions:-

  1. What goal setting tools are being used across different specialist areas of paediatrics and why?
  2. How can we measure the impact of goal setting with children, young people and families?
  3. How can we use goal setting tools as an outcome measure?
  4. How can we support collaborative working within the goal setting process and improve functional outcomes?
  5. What are the gaps in research and how can this be addressed/
  6. What are the opportunities and challenges of introducing a new goal setting tool into the service 

 

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#OTalkonTour is hitting the road again! Come and find the #OTalk Team at this years @TheOTshow.

As you may know, the Team often travel around, not just promoting #OTalk but also talking about the benefits and implications of using social media. We also give talks and facilitate workshops on technology, Continuing Professional Development, as well as the safe and effective use of social media within occupational therapy practice.

On the 21st and 22nd of November we hit the road again and take #OTalkonTour, this time heading to The OT Show in Birmingham.  The Team have a stand and will also be presenting on the use of Tweetchats for Continuing professional Development.

So why visit the #OTalk on Stand J66?

-Stop by and get your social media questions answered.

-Learn more about the opportunities and barriers in using Twitter for social media by viewing our posters or picking up a copy of the latest research to share with your colleagues.

-Grab yourself a free Twitter profile picture taken by our professional photographer, Anthony.

-Take a fun photo with our #OTalkonTour selfie frame and props. For those of you at this years RCOT conference you will know this was a big hit.

-Say hello to the team! We love meeting members of the #OTalk community in person and putting a face to your Twitter handle.

-And of course, nab a sweet or two!

If you are attending the OT Show be sure to stop by Theatre 1 at 13:50 on Wednesday to hear the teams presentation. 

You can also follow the goings on over the two days by following us on Instagram Here or via the Twitter hashtag #OTalkonTour.

You can find out more about The OT Show and sign up Here

#OTalk 20th November 2018 – Tweeting at Events, Conferences and Training.

This weeks #OTalk is about tweeting at conferences and other events and will be hosted by the OTalk Team.

Tweeting at real time events has many benefits; it gives promotion to the event, cause or Profession, allows you to share your views, it offers those not in attendance a chance to gain insight into the event and share in the learning opportunity and it can also be used as a reflective tool.

This chat aims to give you some hints and tips by finding out how those in the community share via Twitter, discuss what they feel helps their learning and highlight some common pitfalls and hurdles.

Some questions to consider;

Do you Tweet at events and why? If not, why not?

What are the positives? Whats your preferred way to share at events? What have you found most useful?

Are there any negatives? Perhaps you feel live tweeting detracts from the event? How do we overcome the barriers?

What are your “top tips”? Ours is don’t forget the hash tag!

Is there anything else that would encourage you to share more, to engage or to share differently?

If you are new to Tweeting, at conferences or in general, why not give it ago at this weeks OT Show? If you get stuck or have any questions you can stop by the #OTalk stand (we are J66) and we will be happy to support you! 

 

#OTalk 13th November 2018 – Maintaining an occupational focus with generic mental health roles

This weeks #Otalk is on the topic of “generic roles within mental health” and will be hosted by Abigail Matthews (@Abi21643842).

Here is what Abi had to say…

It is not uncommon for occupational therapists to find themselves within a generic health role, as therapists with a broad range of transferable skills therapists are ideally placed within this role.  The first occupational therapists to work in mental health provided meaningful occupations for injured soldiers during the First world war. Making use of arts, crafts and basket weaving activities (Pettigrew at al., 2017). In recent times the healthcare sector has developed additional roles for occupational therapists within generic roles, often community based (Lloyd at al., 2007). However, there are many challenges with the blurring of roles and professional boundaries. Evidence suggests that occupational therapists can find it difficult to maintain their occupation focussed within this type of role (Crawford at al., 2000). This OT talk will help explore practitioners experiences and understanding of how best to support professional development within a generic mental health setting.

  1. What are the benefits and challenges of working as an OT in a general mental health setting
  2. What mental health specific skills are necessary in this type of role?
  3. What resources and tools can support practitioners to remain occupation centred?
  4. What extra learning/ work based training has supported your practice?

References

Brown, B. , Crawford, P. and Darongkamas, J. (2000), Blurred roles and permeable boundaries: the experience of multidisciplinary working in community mental health. Health & Social Care in the Community, 8: 425-435. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2524.2000.00268.x

Lloyd, C., King, R. and Ryan, L., 2007. The challenge of working in mental health settings: Perceptions of newly graduated occupational therapists. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(11), pp.460-470.

Pettigrew, J., Robinson, K. and Moloney, S., 2017. The bluebirds: World War I soldiers’ experiences of occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(1), pp.7101100010p1-7101100010p9.

POST CHAT

Chat host: Abigail Matthews @Abi21643842

#OTalk Support: @gilliancrossley

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript November 13th 2018

Online Transcript

The Numbers

1.275M Impressions
277 Tweets
31 Participants
222 Avg Tweets/Hour
Avg Tweets/Participant

OTalk Participants

#OTalk 6th November 2018 – Apps and Smart Technology in Research.

This week’s #OTalk Research is on the topic of “Apps and smart technology in research” and will be hosted by Leisle Ezekiel (@lezeki).

Here is what Leisle had to say………

Apps, smartphones, smartwatches and tablets are now part of everyday life for many people in the UK. Over 90% of people aged between 16 and 55 own a smartphone (Statista 2018) and whilst in the over 65s that percentage drops to 40%, it is increasing dramatically year on year (Ofcom 2018). 

As a novice occupational therapy researcher and an early adopter of technology, I was convinced by the potential of apps both in research and in occupational therapy practice. 

Apps and smartphones enable self tracking of a wide range of  behaviours and experiences  and are potentially less intrusive than more traditional methods. As well as capturing “in the moment experiences”, apps could deliver “in the moment interventions” and be of benefit to therapists in their assessment and intervention planning.  It is unsurprising then that there is an increasing interest in the use of apps within research, both as a method of collecting data and as a way of delivering interventions. 

For occupational therapists and the wider health arena, the use of apps and associated technology is a new landscape where health research overlaps with the world of app development. My personal experience of using apps in research has highlighted benefits as well as developing understanding of the potential ethical and practical challenges which can present, above and beyond those of more traditional research methods.

This week’s #OTalk will consider the following questions:

  1. What role do you think apps and smart technology can play in occupational therapy research?
  2. What do you consider to be the benefits of using apps and smart technology in occupational therapy research?
  3. What do you consider the barriers or risks of using apps and smart technology in research?
  4. What ethical considerations do we need to be aware of and overcome to use this technology in research?
  5. How can we improve and/or advance the use of apps and technology in occupational therapy research?

References.

Ofcom (2017) Rise of social seniors revealed. Accessed on 15.10.18 at https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/rise-social-seniors

Statista (2018) UK: smartphone ownership by age from 2012-2018. Accessed on 15.10.18 at https://www.statista.com/statistics/271851/smartphone-owners-in-the-united-kingdom-uk-by-age/

POST CHAT

Host: Leisle Ezekiel @lezeki

OTalk Support: @NikkiDanielsOT

Online Transcript #OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript November 6th 2018

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript November 6th 2018

The Numbers

1.215M Impressions
276 Tweets
29 Participants
221 Avg Tweets/Hour
10 Avg Tweets/Participant
#OTalk Participants

 

 

#OTalk 30th October 2018 – Bringing the OT community closer together, on and offline.

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Bringing the OT community closer together” and will be hosted by The OT Hub and the OT Show (@theOThub and @theOTshow). This chat is the final in a series being hosted in collaboration with the OT Show.

Here is what they had to say…

The OT Hub is the worldwide community for occupational therapy. It aims to bring the OT community closer together online, through information-sharing and a free membership. Offline, The OT Show (UK) provides an annual meeting space, networking opportunities and CPD for the profession. Both serve to enhance practitioner and student support.

Communities of practice (CoPs), such as The OT Hub and OT4OT, are professional communication forums, providing opportunities free of geographical constraint. Wenger, McDermott and Snyder (2002 p.4; cited by Hoffmann, Desha and Verrall, 2011) illustrate these as ‘groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area…’ In this case, the topic is occupational therapy. The OT Show is visited, in person, by the same passionate demographic.

But why connect both in person and online? Professional and geographic isolation are growing issues, as clinicians and students undertake roles in new, emerging and remote settings (Ezzamel, 2013; Ramsey, 2011). Communities of practice can assist in tackling isolation and in providing networking and mentoring opportunities (Bodell and Hook, 2014; Wiid et al., 2013; Hoffmann, Desha and Verrall, 2011). Similarly, profession-oriented events provide the chance to physically (re)connect with experienced and like-minded individuals, from across the globe. 

This #OTalk will explore the following themes in relation to bringing the occupational therapy community closer together:

  • Creating conditions for more collaborative innovation will be key to improved patient outcomes and future transformations (Innovation into Action, NHS England, 2015).
  • Professional and geographic isolation:
  • The more information available to the healthcare industry, the better able clinicians are to make the best decisions when supporting service users (Sood, 2017).
  • Public awareness of occupational therapy

Some questions to consider:

  1. How can shows and online platforms better support collaborative innovation and improved patient outcomes?
  2. What are your experiences of social isolation and how have you overcome them?
  3. Can problems arise (in study or in practice) from information overload?
  4. How can we work to become a profession that is better understood by the public and healthcare colleagues?

POST CHAT

Host: @theOThub and @theOTshow

OTalk Support: @gilliancrossley

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript October 30th 2018

The Numbers

270.128KImpressions
93Tweets
23Participants
74Avg Tweets/Hour
4Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants

 

#OTalk 23rd October 2018 – Writing a Conference Abstract

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Writing an Abstract” and will be hosted by members of the RCOT Conference Development Team.  Sarah Lawson (@SarahLawsonOT) will be our host with support from Sarah Bodell (@OTSalfordUni), Ken Levins (@LevinsKen) and Clare Taylor (@ClareTaylor).

Here is what they had to say…

Are you an occupational therapist working in new ways? Have you implemented a new approach? Do you wonder if you are the only occupational therapist working in this way? Would you like to find others to share your ideas with and inspire each other? 

Is your research generating evidence for the profession which could help to raise the profile and position occupational therapy for the 21st Century? 

Have you thought about submitting an abstract for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) Annual Conference 2019 but are not sure where to start? 

Then this #OTalk is for you.  To you your everyday work may be just that, but you could help to inspire others. You could provide useful information and ideas which encourage others to consider different perspectives and new approaches in their practice. 

The abstract submissions process closes on 5 November 2018 so this is your chance to have your questions answered, receive reassurance and guidance and hopefully give you the confidence to go for it ready for #RCOT2019 in Birmingham 17 – 18 June. For information about the abstract process and marking guidelines visit the RCOT Conference page: https://rcotannualconference.org.uk/about/abstracts-submissions/

Final question: 

Abstract submissions close 5 November 2018, what are you going to do now to make this happen? The link for abstract information and submission is here https://rcotannualconference.org.uk/about/abstracts-submissions/

POST CHAT

Hosted by members of the RCOT Conference Development Team.  Sarah Lawson (@SarahLawsonOT) will be our host with support from Sarah Bodell (@OTSalfordUni), Ken Levins (@LevinsKen) and Clare Taylor (@ClareTaylor).

On the Otalk Support

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript October 23rd 2018

The Numbers

1.126M Impressions
293 Tweets
36 Participants
234 Avg Tweets/Hour
8Avg Tweets/Participants

#OTalk Participants