#OTalk 18th October 2016 – (OT Show) Clinical assessments for pressure relieving cushions

This week’s #OTalk is being hosted by Joanne McConnell (@JoMcEarlgrey). This chat is part of a series of chats supported by The OT Show (@TheOTShow) in the run up to this years show on 23rd & 24th November.


 ‘Clinical assessments for pressure relieving cushions’.


At this year’s Occupational Therapy Show, Posture & Mobility Group (PMG) and the National Wheelchair Managers’ Forum (NWMF) will be providing Posture & Wheelchair Essentials training sessions. The sessions aim at providing advice on posture and wheelchair assessments, including basic wheelchair assessments for therapists referring to wheelchair services and the wheelchair solutions available for clients. They will also look at special seating assessments, which can be applied to wheelchairs or static seating solutions, depending on the needs of the client.


Another session taking place as part of Posture & Wheelchair Essentials, is being presented by Joanne McConnell and will look at assessing clients for pressure relieving cushions. Joanne’s session will discuss the statistics of incidences of pressure ulcers and their main causes. It will also provide a revision of the classification of pressure ulcers, advice on how to minimise the risk and an up-to-date choice of different materials for pressure cushions, including the pros and cons of each option.


Prior to the The OT Show, Joanne will be hosting #OTalk on Tuesday 18th October to discuss pressure relieving cushion assessments, and will focus on the following questions:


  1.      How can therapists be sure they offer good advice on the best type of pressure relieving cushion for their client?
  2. If a client has a pressure relieving cushion on their wheelchair, do they need a pressure relieving mattress on their bed too?
  3. If a client has purchased a cushion privately, but they feel it is not right for them, will the NHS offer them an assessment?
  4. Many clients with a history of higher graded pressure ulcers require an air cushion, but what can be offered if this is too unstable?
  5. How often should a client get their pressure relieving cushion reviewed and who is qualified to do this review and offer advice?”


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#OTalk 11/10/16 – Strategic Professional Development.

This week Stephanie Lancaster @TheOutloudOT will be hosting a blog on strategic professional development. She has already written a blog post on the topic here.


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#OTalk Research 4th October 2016 – Developing evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence.

The very first of our #OTalk Research Topics will be hosted by Edward Duncan @easduncan we look forward to this inaugural #OTalk Research chat and hope you can all join us.


Developing evidence-based practice and practice-based evidence.


Have a bias toward action – let’s see something happen now.  You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.

Indira Gandhi

Developing and implementing good quality evidence is essential for the delivery of safe, effective, efficient and patient-centred occupational therapy practice. Yet, if we are honest, practicing in an evidence-based manner, and developing the evidence-base for practice, can be highly challenging.

Evidence can seem elusive. Research may be lacking in your area of practice. Organisational priorities and culture may promote the continuation of things the way they have always been done. Sometimes we can get caught up in the search for “gold standard” evidence for our work: that is research of an intervention’s effectiveness that has been supported by randomised controlled trials or even better meta-analyses of several high quality studies. When we don’t find it, perhaps we assume that there is no evidence to support our practice and little we can do to generate it. And time, knowledge, and confidence can all seem like valid barriers that stop us from developing our own practice-based evidence. This chat starts from a different position.

Developments in health and social care demand that services benefit the people who receive them. There has never been a more pressing need, or more appropriate time, to undertake evidence-based practice and to develop practice-based evidence. It’s time, therefore, to take a fresh and optimistic look at what we can each do to implement and develop research in practice.

Some questions for our first research chat:

1. What opportunities do you see to implement research in your practice?

2. Evidence-based practice is the integration of evidence, clinical judgement and patient preferences – How do you manage/balance this?

3. What skills/knowledge do you need to develop to increase your ability to conduct evidence-based practice?

4. Is there anything in your work place that you can capitalise on to help you develop/deliver evidence based practice?

5. How can we build on service innovations to develop high quality evidence for practice?


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#OTalk 27th September 2016 – Welcome to OT: The Student Journey!

This week’s #OTalk is being hosted by Kirstie (@KLO2_Kay), who is the current #OTalk student digital leader intern.


Topic: Welcome to OT: The student journey!


This month, countless universities across the country welcome another batch of enthusiastic and passionate Occupational Therapy students.  These batches come in all shapes and sizes and are filled with students from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of experiences, but what do they all have in common and will always have in common? People and occupation!

Every OT out there has been through what these students are about to embark on in one form or another, so what better way to welcome the new intake than with a reflective #OTalk! This is a great opportunity for the OT community to pass on their wisdom and offer up the chance for any students to ask questions about the journey they are about to take.

For any new students out there feel free to jump in ask any questions as the hour goes on, be sure to let everyone know who you are and where you’re studying.


Some questions to consider:


1: Why did you choose OT?

2: What are you most looking forward to about your OT training/What did you most look forward to?

3: Quick fire round! If you could ask another OT anything what would it be?

4: What was your greatest moment/experience during training, were there any light bulb moments?

5: If you could pass on one bit of wisdom to the next generation what would it be.


Last September the lovely Kelly (@otonthetracks) made the video “Welcome to OT’ where OTs and OT students shared some experiences of using Twitter and participating in #OTalk so if you’re a new student be sure to check it out!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptFThxT1p4Q

If you are new to Tweetchats and #OTalk, our handy guide of hints and tips to get you started is another useful read. https://otalk.co.uk/resources-coming-soon/tweetchatting-guide-for-participants.

There will also be some of the #OTalk team around to support you, so if this is your first #OTalk or you have any questions or queries about joining in just shout and we will help if we can.


Hope to tweet with you all soon!



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To join in the chat on Tuesday between 8pm-9pm (UK time), use the twitter hashtag #OTalk in your tweets.

Tuesday 20th September – Celebrating OT with the OTshow and Jen Gash

There is so much great OT practice in the UK. This ranges from OT in statutory services, to OTs working in the 3rd sector, to independent OTs, to OTs breaking new ground in diverse areas and of course, support workers who keep it all running!   This OT twitter talk is for you – the grass roots practitioners whose great work may go undetected. Not all OTs are able to publish articles or research or present papers at conference or win large research grants, but that doesn’t mean their work should go unrecognised or disseminated.

Last year saw the inaugural OT Show Awards, launched at the show in November. The awards were a great success and this year we have added another category!  We want to you to nominate OT  people, services and innovations who you feel deserve some recognition. This year’s categories are

  • Outstanding Senior OT
  • Outstanding OT
  • Outstanding OTTI/OTA
  • Outstanding Innovation (product, service or tool)
  • Outstanding Innovator (person)

This OTalk on twitter will hopefully get your thoughts flowing about what makes great OT practice, what great things are going on inside our profession and how best we can share and celebrate our successes.  The questions for discussion tonight are:

1)            What do you feel is the best way to celebrate and share good OT practice in the UK? #OT #OT365 #occupationaltherapy

2)            What stops people sharing their ideas and different ways they practice? #OT #OT365 #occupationaltherapy

3)            If you needed an OT yourself, what would you like to see them do? #OT #OT365 #occupationaltherapy

4)            What makes OT practice, outstanding? #OT #OT365 #occupationaltherapy

5)            Do you know an OT/OTA, a service or innovation that deserves a big pat on the back? #OT #OT365 #occupationaltherapy

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#OTalk 13/9/16 – Media Club: The high price of criminalizing mental illness: Wendy Lindley at TEDxOrangeCoast

This #OTalk will be hosted by @BillWongOT

Mental health is an area we have core knowledge at as OT practitioners. We at least sometimes work with patients with mental health diagnoses across the lifespan- from kids to criminals. And for those of you who work in forensics/mental health settings, I am pretty sure this TEDx Talk will hit pretty close to home to you. Although I don’t claim to be a mental health expert, I think it is an awesome TEDx talk to do a media club on because we might see criminals with mental illness across different stages of life. From pediatrics point of view, it can be prevention in form of education of making appropriate life choices. From forensics mental health point of view, it can be relapse prevention of preventing them to commit crimes again. From geriatrics point of view (my current setting), it can be rehabilitation to maximize their quality of life.

When I heard this TEDx talk for the first time, the first thing I remembered was the few ex- sex offenders I worked with during my mental health placements in a sub-acute mental health unit. For these patients, even if they are discharged from the facility, they most likely will return to jail serving the remainder of their sentences. When I thought about that outcome, part of me felt that these people should serve their time (just like kids in school serving their detentions in school), but part of me felt that the ones with good potential to return to the community should be given the opportunity to transition to a lower level of care in terms of living situation goes (board and care, or supported housing, for example) like other discharged patients but with no criminal history. That said, like the old adage in OT- “no two cases are alike”. What is best for these criminals with mental illnesses in the justice system is really dependent on things such as the individual’s mental well-being, safety risk to self and others in community, and potential for recovery.

The link for the TEDx Talk is here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WxvUFzrMDc

Here are my discussion questions for the chat:

  1. Do you have any experiences working with ex-criminals in any setting? If so, please describe your experiences.
  2. If you have experiences working in mental health settings, what are some types of groups/individual sessions you run?
  3. What is your opinion of how criminals with mental illnesses should be treated in the justice system?
  4. Your comments or feedback on this TEDx Talk?

This chat has the potential to be a bit controversial and with the potential for differences of opinion. As always please remember codes of conduct in respect to confidentiality and professional behaviour and treat each other with respect – thanks – Kirsty.



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Becoming a Locum/Agency Occupational Therapist – #OTalk 6/9/16

This #OTalk sees Chris Smith – @Alliedhealthwfs – from Allied Health Workforce Solutions on hand to talk about the benefits and challenges of becoming a locum, especially if you are fairly newly qualified.

Here are some discussion points to help guide the chat.

  • Why people have/would consider becoming a locum?
  • How to present your CV
  • Benefits of becoming a locum or permanent applicant via an agency
  • Agency compliance processes
  • How to stand out in an interview
  • NHSI and what it means for agency staff
  • And AHWS unique new Graduate Scheme for the NHS and private sectors

[People place their undivided trust in healthcare professionals. Allied Health Workforce Solutions place the right healthcare professionals in the right place, at the right time.

Allied Healthcare Workforce Solutions is one of UK’s leading medical recruitment company with a head office based in London.
Our mission is to provide our Candidates and Clients with an excellent recruitment service based on mutual trust and the highest professional standards.
Due to our reputation of exceptional customer service most of our business is done on the basis of referrals from both Candidates and Clients.
This involves working with a wide range of professionals and assisting recruitment within all aspects within Occupational Therapy and other healthcare specialities

Just graduated from Uni and now looking for the next big step in your new career or are you an experienced OT that is looking for the next career step? We are here to help.

 We work with the NHS and private sectors in finding locum and permanent OTs . We are here to help guide you through the recruitment process in terms of CV building, the steps leading up to your new job and types of roles available.

 Get in touch today for free advice; we will be glad to help.]

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