Chat transcript 06/08/2013 Occupational Therapy and Politics, hosted by David Davies.

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clissa89

@Dai2584 hi David, I’ve had a great week so far thanks. How’s yours been? #OTalk

Dai2584

@clissa89 #otalk Its been busy : )

Dai2584

So, do or should OT�s and OT question the social or economic conditions that produce disability and deprivation. #otalk

clissa89

@Dai2584 I’m ashamed to say, I hadn’t really thought about OT and politics until I read your blog post earlier #OTalk

BoothRach

#otalk is here but just getting food

GillyGorry

just about to start tonights #otalk can I remind everyone to work to their code ethics

OgundeleKaycee

Hello OT people, hope you having a great day today #otalk

Dai2584

@clissa89 and what did you make you think about? ~#otalk

clissa89

@Dai2584 I’m aware of some very interesting-sounding books on the topic, but not read them yet 😦 #OTalk

OgundeleKaycee

@GillyGorry Please carry on #otalk

clissa89

@BoothRach hi Rachel – welcome! Food sounds like a good idea #OTalk

clissa89

@OgundeleKaycee hello! how are you today? #OTalk

GillyGorry

has anyone read @Dai2584 http://t.co/NBleccPeTc #otalk

OgundeleKaycee

@clissa89 I’m doing great. How about you? #otalk

peapodicus

#otalk have to do bedtime stories hopefully catch up on chat when done!

clissa89

@peapodicus what stories are you telling tonight? please add your thoughts after the chat #OTalk

Dai2584

#otalk so what do people think. Do OT’s have to be aware of the political aspects of occupation

clissa89

@OgundeleKaycee I’m good thanks 🙂 #OTalk

clissa89

@Dai2584 can you give an example of what this would look like in practice? #OTalk

BillWongOT

Hello everyone. #otalk perhaps I have one more weeks with you guys live. Looking forward to today’s talk

clissa89

@BillWongOT glad you could make it Bill 🙂 #OTalk

BillWongOT

@Dai2584 I believe so… Because that’s related to occupational justice. #OTalk

OTtwehy

@Dai2584 I think OTs should be aware of every aspect of occupation As a student I’m wondering can u give me an eg of politic aspects? #otalk

BillWongOT

RT @OTtwehy@Dai2584 I think OTs should be aware of every aspect of occupation As a student I’m wondering can u give me an eg of politic a�

Dai2584

@clissa89 #otalk supporting your client in talking to their local council to increase adaptations budget etc Can you think of anything?

ColourHealth

@Dai2584 yes & no. Needs to be part of training. If individual OTs play to their own strengths some will be inspired, and others not. #otalk

BillWongOT

@OTtwehy @Dai2584 in my opinion, I think that includes knowing the latest policies influencing services for our clients & families. #otalk

OgundeleKaycee

Hello @BillWongOT#otalk

BillWongOT

RT @ColourHealth@Dai2584 yes & no. Needs to be part of training. If individual OTs play to their own strengths some will be inspired, and�

GillyGorry

@Dai2584 I do believe that we need to learn about the political occupation #otalk

Dai2584

RT @BillWongOT@OTtwehy @Dai2584 in my opinion, I think that includes knowing the latest policies influencing services for our clients & f�

BillWongOT

@ColourHealth @Dai2584 or I think they just need to take some time aside to participate in such activities. #otalk

BillWongOT

RT @GillyGorry@Dai2584 I do believe that we need to learn about the political occupation #otalk

GillyGorry

How did you get involved with politics? #otalk

EmmJacq

@Dai2584 I belive so, especially in cases where we may need to be advocates for our clients #otalk

clissa89

@Dai2584 struggling to think of example from my practice where people are acutely unwell – but agree with theory that it’s important #OTalk

BillWongOT

@GillyGorry write to legislators, participate in lobbying events related to healthcare. #otalk

BoothRach

RT @Dai2584@clissa89 #otalk supporting your client in talking to their local council to increase adaptations budget etc Can you think of�

OgundeleKaycee

@Dai2584 Well,organising a special forum for the sensitizatn of the effect of political decisions on socio-economic status of people#otalk

BillWongOT

RT @Dai2584@clissa89 #otalk supporting your client in talking to their local council to increase adaptations budget etc Can you think of�

BoothRach

@Dai2584 @clissa89 also helping the councillor understand the need better #otalk

Dai2584

RT @BoothRach@Dai2584 @clissa89 also helping the councillor understand the need better #otalk

BoothRach

RT @Dai2584@clissa89 #otalk supporting your client in talking to their local council to increase adaptations budget etc Can you think of�

clissa89

@BoothRach @Dai2584 can you think of an example? I’ll admit this is a new area for me to think about! #OTalk

Dai2584

@BoothRach @clissa89 #otalk I know that BAOT have been working with Welsh Gov to build forever homes, so ppl can stay in their homes longer

OTtwehy

@Dai2584 I would think all would influence occupation. They all play an equal part if not impact on choice of occupation in some way. #otalk

GillyGorry

RT @Dai2584@BoothRach @clissa89 #otalk I know that BAOT have been working with Welsh Gov to build forever homes, so ppl can stay in their�

peapodicus

#otalk off the hook with stories. Do you think we have a political voice as a professional body?

GillyGorry

RT @BillWongOT@GillyGorry write to legislators, participate in lobbying events related to healthcare. #otalk

OgundeleKaycee

@GillyGorry My opinion: We can hav a member representin health issues at the house of senate where decision are made #otalk

OTtwehy

@Dai2584 my question was 2u if u could give me an example of political aspects but @BillWongOT gave good example with policies #otalk

BoothRach

@clissa89 @Dai2584, bedroom tax, could impacted on a person Mental health the stress of moving them may cost more to the nhs #otalk

Dai2584

@OTtwehy #Otalk which one of them could you or your client change or does it require a social change to improve

OgundeleKaycee

@BillWongOT I agree with that also #otalk

GillyGorry

RT @OgundeleKaycee@GillyGorry My opinion: We can hav a member representin health issues at the house of senate where decision are made #o

clissa89

@BoothRach @Dai2584 good point – stress around bedroom tax seems to be really affecting people. I’m wondering where OT role would be #OTalk

BillWongOT

@peapodicus I know @AOTAInc does, as well as my state OT association in US. #otalk

GillyGorry

RT @BoothRach@clissa89 @Dai2584, bedroom tax, could impacted on a person Mental health the stress of moving them may cost more to the nhs�

clissa89

@BoothRach @Dai2584 (OT role vs what a generic worker could support) #OTalk

BillWongOT

@Dai2584 from my experience, I think social change makes bigger impact. #otalk

Dai2584

@clissa89 @BoothRach #otalk I don’t think it a generic role to help someone fill in forms for bedroom tax,

BoothRach

@clissa89 @Dai2584 – change of environment impacting in there functioning – we know environment plays a Crucial role #otalk

OTtwehy

@Dai2584 #otalk again it would clearly depend on client & their situation. If it required social change then as an OT I wud seek necessary

BoothRach

RT @Dai2584@clissa89 @BoothRach #otalk I don’t think it a generic role to help someone fill in forms for bedroom tax,

Dai2584

RT @BoothRach@clissa89 @Dai2584 – change of environment impacting in there functioning – we know environment plays a Crucial role #otalk

OgundeleKaycee

@OTtwehy #otalk how can we get such influence? #otalk

BillWongOT

RT @BoothRach@clissa89 @Dai2584 – change of environment impacting in there functioning – we know environment plays a Crucial role #otalk

BillWongOT

RT @OTtwehy@Dai2584 #otalk again it would clearly depend on client & their situation. If it required social change then as an OT I wud se�

OTtwehy

@Dai2584 #otalk help & support & provide with knowledge if it was within my role to do so.

Dai2584

@patoboy81 #otalk hi pat. join in

ColourHealth

@BoothRach @clissa89 @Dai2584 client v stressed re new gov applic forms and other medics not understanding implications 4 client #otalk

BoothRach

@Dai2584 @clissa89 true it’s getting the impact to the life and them as an occupational. Being down to paper to explain the situation #otalk

Dai2584

@OTtwehy #otalk have you come across anything in placement

GillyGorry

RT @OTtwehy@Dai2584 I think OTs should be aware of every aspect of occupation As a student I’m wondering can u give me an eg of politic a�

GillyGorry

RT @BoothRach@Dai2584 @clissa89 true it’s getting the impact to the life and them as an occupational. Being down to paper to explain the �

BillWongOT

RT @BoothRach@Dai2584 @clissa89 true it’s getting the impact to the life and them as an occupational. Being down to paper to explain the �

OTtwehy

@Dai2584 #otalk I’m sure I have. Would applying for disability grant for home improvements (ramp access, stair rail etc) be an example ??

GillyGorry

RT @Dai2584#otalk so what do people think. Do OT’s have to be aware of the political aspects of occupation

Dai2584

#otalk Do you feel that @BAOTCOT and other associations influence policy maker enough on our behalf or your union reps

Dai2584

RT @OTtwehy@Dai2584 #otalk I’m sure I have. Would applying for disability grant for home improvements (ramp access, stair rail etc) be an�

GillyGorry

RT @OTtwehy@Dai2584 #otalk again it would clearly depend on client & their situation. If it required social change then as an OT I wud se�

EmmJacq

@Dai2584 @clissa89 @BoothRach whoops my mistake 🙂 #otalk

Dai2584

@OTtwehy would you vote, Do you vote for candidates that would increase the home adaptations budget? #otalk

GillyGorry

RT @Dai2584#otalk Do you feel that @BAOTCOT and other associations influence policy maker enough on our behalf or your union reps

OgundeleKaycee

@Dai2584 I don’t knw much about that #otalk

peapodicus

#otalk clients worried about being ‘forced’ to wrk creates dilemma being asked to support why they can’t wrk more used to seeing strengths

GillyGorry

@Dai2584 @BAOTCOT interesting question. Not sure I know enough to have an informed a opinion #otalk

pixiegirle

@Dai2584 @BAOTCOT what about on the behalf of clients / service users / patients? Social / occupational #justice #otalk

BillWongOT

@Dai2584 in terms of @AOTAInc and my state association, I believe they can do more. But then again, OT community also got to step up. #otalk

ColourHealth

@Dai2584 @BAOTCOT #otalk no union reps for ind OTs.

Dai2584

RT @peapodicus#otalk clients worried about being ‘forced’ to wrk creates dilemma being asked to support why they can’t wrk more used to s�

BoothRach

#Otalk the more I think about the more I feel Politicians policymakers need to understand people has occupational beings. And the impacted

Dai2584

@BillWongOT #otalk could you do to improve that?

GillyGorry

RT @BoothRach#Otalk the more I think about the more I feel Politicians policymakers need to understand people has occupational beings. An�

pixiegirle

@Dai2584 @BAOTCOT or enabling cliets / su or patients to take more political role in campaigning for #occupational & social #justice #otalk

Dai2584

@BoothRach #otalk absolutely. Maybe you can reflect on what we can do to change that

maggie_c2

@Dai2584 think @BAOTCOT & co do best can within limits of settings able2 lobby;policy changes are complex & public opinion influenced#OTalk

aimee_harper

RT @BAOTCOT: Don’t miss #OTalk tonight, 8pm on OT and politics: http://t.co/VLl8Ju25US You may want to read @dai2584‘s blog first: http://t�

BillWongOT

@Dai2584 aside from donating money to political action committees, volunteering my time if possible to help my state association. #otalk

OgundeleKaycee

@BoothRach that boils down to having a member who represents our opinions at the House of Senate #otalk

GillyGorry

@BoothRach yes they do. they make difficult decisions and we don’t always see the full picture #otalk

OTtwehy

@Dai2584 #otalk yes I do vote & would def vote for candidate that would increase HA budget but realistically will that ever happen? #cuts

GillyGorry

RT @pixiegirle@Dai2584 @BAOTCOT or enabling cliets / su or patients to take more political role in campaigning for #occupational & social�

Dai2584

@pixiegirle @BAOTCOT #otalk that would be fantastic, you can get examples of the from hearing voices network for inspiration

ColourHealth

@OgundeleKaycee @Dai2584 perhaps a question is..should we be knowing? #otalk

BillWongOT

@BoothRach I know a senator in the US who also is an OT. He is a senator in NY, I think. #otalk

maggie_c2

@Dai2584 #OTalk also policy changes can be slow & rhetoric based vs action on ground or change in approaches; always room 2 improve lobbying

Dai2584

RT @BillWongOT@Dai2584 aside from donating money to political action committees, volunteering my time if possible to help my state associ�

BillWongOT

RT @Dai2584@pixiegirle @BAOTCOT #otalk that would be fantastic, you can get examples of the from hearing voices network for inspiration

OgundeleKaycee

We need to have a member wit a boilin passion for politics who eventually goes into political world for the better #otalk

Dai2584

@OTtwehy #otalk well until tell them of the effect on public, how society is missing out on talented people because they are inhibited by it

BoothRach

#otalk the last strike over Pensions in the NHS who was out there on the picket line?

GillyGorry

RT @OgundeleKaycee: We need to have a member wit a boilin passion for politics who eventually goes into political world for the better #ota

GillyGorry

RT @ColourHealth@OgundeleKaycee @Dai2584 perhaps a question is..should we be knowing? #otalk

GillyGorry

RT @Dai2584@OTtwehy #otalk well until tell them of the effect on public, how society is missing out on talented people because they are i�

OTtwehy

@Dai2584 @BAOTCOT I’m not sure if I have enough information or know enough to make an informed opinion #otalk

patoboy81

@Dai2584 OTs are in a good position to highlight the need for people to be paid enough to afford access to leisure and social occs #otalk

Dai2584

@maggie_c2 #otalk should we support ground base, single issue org then to get thing done better?

BillWongOT

@OTtwehy through your OT training, I am sure it will slowly get better. #otalk

BillWongOT

RT @patoboy81@Dai2584 OTs are in a good position to highlight the need for people to be paid enough to afford access to leisure and socia�

peapodicus

@OgundeleKaycee #otalk current Scottish health minister was an ot

BoothRach

#otalk do we need to spend time Discussing politics, political agenda and how it impacts on clients with our teams?

ColourHealth

@BoothRach #otalk important to play to own strengths. Picket line good for some, donating � for others, client intervention for another.

pixiegirle

@Dai2584 @BAOTCOT its about enabling occupational & social inclusion through the process of occupational & social justice #otalk

peapodicus

@BoothRach #otalk me!

BillWongOT

@Dai2584 I think this is divide and conquer effort, especially if we have big professional bodies. #otalk

GillyGorry

RT @BoothRach#otalk do we need to spend time Discussing politics, political agenda and how it impacts on clients with our teams?

OTtwehy

@BillWongOT yes I hope so #otalk

GillyGorry

RT @patoboy81@Dai2584 OTs are in a good position to highlight the need for people to be paid enough to afford access to leisure and socia�

pixiegirle

RT @peapodicus@OgundeleKaycee #otalk current Scottish health minister was an ot

clissa89

#OTalk

clissa89

RT @pixiegirle@Dai2584 @BAOTCOT its about enabling occupational & social inclusion through the process of occupational & social justice #�

BillWongOT

@BoothRach I would say it will be more fruitful if you gather some like minded professionals and discuss. #otalk

Dai2584

#otalk I hope this is getting you all thinking?

BoothRach

Welcome @OTEmma to #otalk do join in! Lol

BillWongOT

@BoothRach also create some activities for students to participate will be good, too. #otalk

OgundeleKaycee

@ColourHealth “To be informed is of pivotal relevance”#otalk

BoothRach

RT @BillWongOT@BoothRach also create some activities for students to participate will be good, too. #otalk

GillyGorry

@Dai2584 definitely getting my brain in gear! need to spend time thinking about being more politically aware #otalk

maggie_c2

@Dai2584 #OTalk ideally both ground base & policy level need to be considered & actioned;think ground base can give more sense of results

pixiegirle

@BoothRach essential – shuld be considered for all clients as per #OT Models emphasis on the impact of environment on clients #otalk

Dai2584

@maggie_c2 #otalk it does I think

BillWongOT

@BoothRach not if you are in a setting where you got OT’s who are interested. #otalk

ColourHealth

@OgundeleKaycee #otalk Agree. And to then act accordingly, in a way that we are able.

barryclift1

#otalk I can’t help but feel that there is concerted effort by government and associated press to discredit the NHS, easing privatisation.

clissa89

#otalk mt “@peapodicus: i know we have policy officers via cot but not entirely sure what they do or how to link with them must find out”

peapodicus

@GillyGorry @Dai2584 Yes it is! I’m guilty of not being politically aware enough #otalk

OTtwehy

2nites #otalk has def got me thinking about change & political aspects OTs can get involved & become advocates with & for! Thanks @Dai2584

BillWongOT

RT @OTtwehy: 2nites #otalk has def got me thinking about change & political aspects OTs can get involved & become advocates with & for! Th�

patoboy81

@Dai2584 The book is great. I think this is part of calculations for living wage which is good to see. #otalk

maggie_c2

@Dai2584 #OTalk Definitely;all too often step back from the discussions at policy level forgetting impact on us as service providers & users

BoothRach

RT @GillyGorry@Dai2584 definitely getting my brain in gear! need to spend time thinking about being more politically aware #otalk

clissa89

@OTtwehy @Dai2584 yup definitely an area for me to develop too… must ponder on this 🙂 #OTalk

pixiegirle

RT @maggie_c2@Dai2584 #OTalk Definitely;all too often step back from the discussions at policy level forgetting impact on us as service p�

Dai2584

#otalk do people just think like an OT at work or does your OT head come on when you hear about other aspects in your life?

BoothRach

@peapodicus @GillyGorry @Dai2584 may some Political awareness groups with your service users learn together? #otalk

BillWongOT

@maggie_c2 @Dai2584 I think that’s why having OT’s who are service users can be great assets. #otalk

pixiegirle

RT @patoboy81@Dai2584 OTs are in a good position to highlight the need for people to be paid enough to afford access to leisure and socia�

Dai2584

#otalk do you think politicians could benefit from using a OT model before they change policies? would give them a wider view?

pixiegirle

RT @BillWongOT@maggie_c2 @Dai2584 I think that’s why having OT’s who are service users can be great assets. #otalk

BoothRach

@Dai2584 Very good question, I think when I watch the news in particular it very much with the OT head, Same with documentaries! #otalk

pixiegirle

@BillWongOT @maggie_c2 @Dai2584 lived experience cannot be learnt #otalk

OTtwehy

@Dai2584 interesting!!! What OT model would you suggest? #otalk

BoothRach

@Dai2584 #otalk I often find myself saying there’s a role for an OT here, When watching documentaries! I bring it up socially all the time!

maggie_c2

@BillWongOT Agree completely;also think need remember we’re all potential service users as are family/friends – what would we want #OTalk

PaulRobertsNHS

RT @Dai2584http://t.co/L7Z0PEAS9l Occupational Therapy & Politics tonight 8pm #otalk @Dai2584 RT please @PaulRobertsNHS . I work for ABM�

patoboy81

@peapodicus @Dai2584 Yeah a positive OT report could be used to withdraw benefits from people who in this climate can’t compete #otalk

OTtwehy

@BoothRach @Dai2584 I have to agree my OT head seems to be always on very much so with news & documentaries #otalk

Dai2584

@OTtwehy #otalk moho. Have a go urself she if you come up with something different

BillWongOT

@maggie_c2 true! #otalk

EmmJacq

@BoothRach @Dai2584 #otalk me too, especially in ‘fit to work’ news stories at the moment

peapodicus

@BoothRach @Dai2584 #otalk yes so do I, loads of potential! We must get on folks nerves on a night out!

OgundeleKaycee

@Dai2584 well, that a good idea #otalk

oomooeatingcake

#OTalk

OTtwehy

@Dai2584 #otalk I would think something as simple an OT specific like PEO model as Environment is so important & wud include social changes

clissa89

@OTtwehy @Dai2584 if memory serves me right, I think ‘political’ is also included in constructs of environment in CMOP-E and MOHO? #OTalk

Dai2584

#otalk I wonder if we all reviewed apolicy through an OT model we could see how this affect the occupations of our clients

GillyGorry

Final few minutes of #otalk have we all learned something about politics? #gettinginvolved any take home points?

maggie_c2

@Dai2584 #OTalk think it would encourage holistic approach but conflict with seperation of departments/policies eg housing,health education

pixiegirle

@clissa89 @OTtwehy @Dai2584 yes this is what i was refferring to earlier #otalk

OTtwehy

@clissa89 @Dai2584 will look into that Clarissa thanks for suggesting the CMOP-E model, not as up to date on that 🙂 #otalk

Dai2584

@GillyGorry #otalk I’m very tired now lol

BillWongOT

@GillyGorry my take home point is- each of us are responsible for political stuff related to OT. We are all stakeholders. #otalk

OTtwehy

@BoothRach @Dai2584 David would probably respond with “What the MOHO is this” hahaha #otalk I suggest we tell him 😉

GillyGorry

@Dai2584 excellent chat. and you have been an excellent host #otalk

patoboy81

@Dai2584 Hey Beth. I joined up especially for #otalk #nerdary!

GillyGorry

RT @BillWongOT@GillyGorry my take home point is- each of us are responsible for political stuff related to OT. We are all stakeholders. #�

Dai2584

@BillWongOT @GillyGorry #otalk well said. absolutely right

EmmJacq

I think its important to discuss politics, as a student I know it can be disheartening to encounter red tape and not understand why #otalk

clissa89

@patoboy81 @Dai2584 glad you joined us – hope to see you back here again 🙂 #OTalk

OTtwehy

@GillyGorry @Dai2584 I second that. Really enjoyed tonight’s #otalk

OTtwehy

RT @BillWongOT@GillyGorry my take home point is- each of us are responsible for political stuff related to OT. We are all stakeholders. #�

GillyGorry

RT @OTtwehy@GillyGorry @Dai2584 I second that. Really enjoyed tonight’s #otalk

pixiegirle

Me too! Glad i joined in tonight! #otalk

clissa89

Before we go, is it worth mentioning that there’s a Facebook Politics4OT group? #OTalk

barryclift1

#otalk Thanks. Very useful chat. Just wish that I was better with Twitter!!!

clissa89

@pixiegirle I’m glad you joined in too – you made some really valuable points 🙂 #OTalk

clissa89

@barryclift1 it comes with practice 🙂 #OTalk

peapodicus

#otalk thanks all for helping me to think about this subject – off for a cuppa now! Good night ;0)

Dr_Derek_Jones

#OTalk important difference between awareness of political contexts and political analysis/action.

Dai2584

#otalk just before chat I was painting our local park. we can all do our bit http://t.co/OZ6oKtg9Rh

oomooeatingcake

#OTalk Thanks all. Sorry also learning i.n twitter

pixiegirle

@clissa89 thank you! #otalk

BoothRach

@GillyGorry Politics is in everything we do, OT are interested in everything we do = understand how political environment impacts #otalk

GillyGorry

RT @BoothRach@GillyGorry Politics is in everything we do, OT are interested in everything we do = understand how political environment i�

BillWongOT

RT @clissa89: Before we go, is it worth mentioning that there’s a Facebook Politics4OT group? #OTalk

patoboy81

@OTtwehy @Dai2584 Unlikely to happen unless we put pressure on. Me and 2 OT colleagues just booked on Unison bus to demo at Tory conf #otalk

Dai2584

@BoothRach @GillyGorry #otalk yes that more than true

clissa89

@boothrach have you checked out our CPD form on the blog for recording participation? #OTalk http://t.co/D97gTpifaf

GillyGorry

many thanks to @Dai2584 for being a great host tonight #otalk

GillyGorry

@Dai2584 @clissa89 excellent. looking forward to reading the transcript #otalk

OTtwehy

@clissa89 @BoothRach oh great I had never noticed or checked the CPD form to record participation. Excellent 🙂 #otalk

Dai2584

#otalk goodnight all hope I give you something to think about.

maggie_c2

@GillyGorry #OTalk came late but found discussion great & good to see taking place; look out for opportunities & take them #gettinginvolved

OTtwehy

@Dai2584 no thank u 🙂 u have contributed 2me needing 2b more aware of political issues & aspects that can support future clients #otalk

 

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2 Comments

  1. i really enjoy this weeks otalk i wrote a ramble of a reflection which i will share now!

    I grew up with a family heavily involved in politics, Childhood memories are of Labour Party meetings and barbecue’s happening at the house. Both my parents have been local councilors in their time.

    My brother was equally as passionate doing his degree in politics. However I only joined the party after the last election, feeling dishearten and passions reignited.

    I think I learned quite early on I had a different understanding from my friends about politics. As children we are encouraged to watch the news and engaging debates. I’m dyslexic to remember struggling greatly in English, apart from the days that we got to debate and I gained a much higher mark in my oral English than I did for written. I think this is why I really enjoyed RE and drama as well. I remember painting the scene of Tony Blair and Sherry outside number 10 when they won the election in 1997 for a GCSE art piece, (It was not very good.)

    Daniel my brother has a much greater understand of the ins and outs of politics a lot than me and I enjoy learning from him, often he has to explain complex films plots to do with historical politics!

    Have I found in the eight years of being a qualified OT that my political persuasion has impacted on me as an occupational therapist? I guess that’s a hard question, thinking back to being a student and having a placement in a prison, I found I was open mined to the people I was working with, trying to separate, the person and the index offence. I remember having conversation at the time about this with friends and fellow students that felt they could not to that, is that political persuasion showing left tendencies or how I’m thought to think as an OT? I know some of my collogues would say I got grumpy when the current government came in, my team been known to ask what David Cameron done now? If my mood at work, appears agitated.

    I do understand though that you political persuasion needed to be put to one side when you’re working with service users. And have wondered whether it is correct for me to be open about my political persuasion with colleagues and service users.

    Say that’s I found it quite enjoyment being involved in the strikes over petitions. At first being the only one in the team prepared to strike, however once I had spent some time explaining my reasoning’s and show the team some evidence about some did join me. I look back on that day with a smile on my face. I felt that we were embraced by the public people stopped in the street one person stopped with the sandwiches and coffee and another when we are in town just before the march stop and gives us some cakes.

    I’ve also found in my career that services users power works quite well sometimes trying to get something changed it if you was a member of staff highlight issues it doesn’t always get seen to if you encourage service users to write letters of complaint about the things that are upsetting them that often gets noticed. For example I remember having network issues for service users computer access. I had been trying to get it sorted will little luck, however once we help service users write letters of complaint about the fact that they couldn’t access this service, this appeared to help and things moved along they made the difference.

    Tonight OTalk reinforced my feeling that political understanding with the general public is lacking. I really feel that politics should be taught at school even in its simplest form – just understanding the difference between a councilor and MP understanding what the different parties stand for.

    But tonight help me really understand and think about how much politics impacts what I do and influences the experience that services has

    An Example I thought of during the chat was around the current bedroom tax and the impact that might have on a mental health service. I can think of one lady that I’ve worked with who has lived in the house she was born all her life, now living there alone she has a serious mental health problems and the impact of having to move out of that house, Has resulted in a hospital admission surely the cost of what’s going to be a long hospital admission offsets what ever the government would have saved from moving her to a smaller home, in to an environment she was unfamiliar with, which in turn impacts on her occupational wellbeing. Also the recent cuts that councils are having to making has resulted in some of them closures of supporting living for people with mental health problems, resulting in the NHS hospitals struggling to find places to move people on to of our inpatients units again adding to costs!

    I guess tonight talks has reaffirmed how important the political agenda is, as occupational therapist have a roll in helping politicians and policy makers have a real understanding of people as occupational beings and how the changes that are made impact on people who are in need.

    PS don’t even get me started on disability Benefit

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