OTalk / Occhat Journal Club – Request for your thoughts?

Hello OTalk/Occhaters,

if you where at last weeks #OTalk, or browsed  the transcript you will know that during the review of our ResOTlutions it was suggested that we have an #OTalk / #Occhat journal club. This has been suggested in the past and had a positive response from a few people so we thought it worthwhile to gather the communities thoughts. We have drafted a quick survey with some of the questions that we have already raised.

Please complete the survey and of course share your thoughts with us. We will review the responses and get back to you all at the end of July, this leaves enough time for us all to complete the survey.

Thanks and we look forward to receiving your responses.

Survey on OTalk/Occhat Journal Club


Grabchat #otalk 25th June 2013 – New Year’s ResOTlutions Review

Apologies for the hiccup, grabchat having a few problems (changes in the twitter API I believe) so have changed things around a little for this week. Hope that we can resume normal service shortly.

What a great chat it was, here is the link the transcript from  healthcare hashtags. 

Hope you all enjoyed the chat as much as I did. Please feel free to utilise the comments at the bottom of this post to summarise your goals ready for the next review later in the year.

I have tried to pick out the new goals set during the session, however I know the transcript may have missed odd ones and I may have too so please let me know or add them to the comments.

#occhat – Focus on Models – PEO/PEOP – 2nd July 2013

For #occhat we are planning to host a few chats focusing on models. Next week the first will be hosted by Rachel Russell – @gerbil10

Here is the blog post she wrote to prompt the discussion next week:

I have a confession to make!  As a busy community OT I often wondered whether theoretical models were really that relevant to my everyday practice.  However, since starting my PhD journey I’ve had the good fortune of going back to the literature and exploring the rich theoretical base we have as a profession and I’ve come to the realisation that yes, theories are relevant to our everyday practice.  For me, theoretical models give us the language to explain and explore what we do; it’s just a case of finding a theoretical model that helps you to do this.

So for Occhat I am exploring two theoretical models that help me best explain and explore what I do as an OT, and now, as an OT researcher.  The first model is PEO (Person, Environment and Occupation), developed by Law  and the second is PEOP (Person, Environment Occupational Performance), developed by Baum.  These models are based on the science of “ecology” and therefore they consider how the environment shapes our behaviour and how our behaviour shapes the environment.  Or put another way, how the environment shapes the things we need and want to do and how we adapt our environment to do the things we need and want to do.

In terms of explaining the models, I think they explain themselves and I have provided a couple of images of the models. The first model is the PEO and basically describes occupational performance as the transaction (complex interaction) between the person, occupation and environment.  The model suggests that successful occupational performance occurs when there is a good fit or interaction between the person, environment and occupation.  However, if someone is having difficulties performing an occupation, the OT can assess/analyse/consider the PEO elements to identify where the issues may lie and to then provide the appropriate intervention.  The other element I like about the PEO model is it shows how the transaction between the PEO changes over time.

(Above taken from Letts, L., et al. (2003). Using environments to enable occupational performance, Slack.)


The PEOP model is similar to the PEO model but it provides a bit more detail in terms of what we should be considering when analysing the person, environment and occupation.  It also illustrates the transaction that occurs during occupational performance in a slightly different way.


(Above taken from Christiansen, C., et al. (2005). Occupational therapy: Performance, participation, and well-being, Slack Thorofare, NJ.)


During the Occhat I want to explore these models in a bit more detail and will do this by posing the following questions

  1. In what ways do you think these models help you explain what you do as an OT?
  2. What are the challenges of analysing the transaction between the person, environment, occupation?
  3. What ways do the social and economic systems in which you work influence what interventions you provide?

If you want to do a bit more reading around the subject I’ve included some references and a couple of Prezzi presentation I found on the PEO and PEOP model.

Journal Articles

Law, M. (1991). “The environment: a focus for occupational therapy.” Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 58(4).

Letts, L., et al. (1994). “Person-Environment Assessments in Occupational Therapy.” Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 48(7).

Law, M. (1996). “The Person-Environment-Occupation Model: A Transactive Approach to Occupational Performance.” Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 63(1): 9-23.

Strong, S., et al. (1999). “Application of the Person-Enviornment-Occupation Model: A practical tool.” Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy 66(3).


Christiansen, C., et al. (2005). Occupational therapy: Performance, participation, and well-being, Slack Thorofare, NJ.

(This books explores occupational performance using the PEOP model)

Letts, L., et al. (2003). Using environments to enable occupational performance, Slack.

(This book provides explores the use of the enviornment as means of enabling occupational performance, it explores different PEO style models but predominately considers the PEO model)

Cutchin, M. P. (2013). Transactional perspectives on occupation, Springer.

(This book explores the transactional nature of occupation from an occupational science perspective)

Prezzi Presentations



Thanks Rachel – I’m looking forward to it.

#otalk 25th June 2013 – New Year’s ResOTlutions Review and audit challenge

This post is for the #otalk in two weeks time but I’m releasing it early to allow people (including me) to review what they said they’d do, and their progress.

At the beginning of the year we had a chat and set some CPD goals. If you are anything like me you probably need reminding what they were so check them out here.

So, on Tuesday 25th come one come all (doesn’t matter if you were there in January or not) and tell us all about the CPD that you’ve been doing this year.

For UK OTs 5% of us are due to have our CPDs audited by HCPC this summer so I am setting myself the personal challenge of completing the audit profile anyway, in preparation, and to review the last two years (and in solidarity with my students who have to do this yearly). If you’d like to join me announce your commitment in the OTalk. For OTs elsewhere you can still join us if you like. Here is a link to the HCPC guidance on preparing your profile.


#otalkontour – at the COT conference – tweetup and #otalk 18th June 2013

#otalkontour is a new hashtag and blog category for use when the #OTalk/#Occhat crew go on tour – recently some of the team attended a BAOT regional study day and next week a few us of will be at the COT conference in Glasgow.

We have been asked about organising a tweet up and so, if you are in Glasgow on Tuesday 18th grab a drink at the Unison Welcome Drinks reception and then head over to our poster which is number P65. Anyone who wishes to join us for the evening (food and drinks) can do (we’ll decide what and where to go when we get there).

You will see a few of us sporting these lovely sashes during the conference so if you need a little bit of Twitter guidance do feel free to stop us and say hi.


Front view of sash


Back view of sash

A few of the team are unfortunately unable to join us so #otalk 8-9 will be used to discuss the tweets coming from the conference (which will be using #cot2013 – please use both #cot2013 and #otalkontour for this evening only).

Also don’t forget to check out #otalkontour for snaps of us and those who we meet throughout the conference and in future.

See you there

Kirsty @kirstyes

Helen @Helen_otuk

Claire @claireOT

COT Poster 2013 – #otalkontour

The poster below will be displayed at the College of Occupational Therapists 37th Annual Conference and Exhibition between Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th June 2013.

If you have come to this page via the QR code on our poster – thank you for your interest in it. To save a PDF copy please click on the picture below and feel free to leave a comment on this post. Thanks.

Levelling the playing field