Ask an OT – #OTalk 29th April 2014 using #MDTchat

During the very successful inaugural #MDTchat it became apparent that as health and social care professionals we don’t always fully understand each other’s roles.

Although we may have interprofessional education as students and work together with certain clients often I think what we do is judged on what people see us doing. This doesn’t always present the full picture; the clinical reasoning behind the doing; the theory behind the practice.

So, I made the suggestion of hosting a series of #MDTchats called Ask a/an…. where we each get to ask other professions the questions we’ve always wanted to know the answer to… I offered that the OTs would go first.

We welcome questions from any health or social care professional, service user groups or the general public. During the chat we will not be able to offer specific advice but are happy to answer the general questions about occupational therapy that you might have, e.g.

  • Why the basket weaving reference?
  • What do you look for when you get someone to make a cup of tea?
  • What does occupation mean?
  • What does x abbreviation really mean?

and so on.

Obviously it is best to ask the colleagues you work with more specific questions – they might be very happy to get the chance to talk about it.

The chat will take place on 29th April 2014 at 8-9pm BST.

Updated 5th May – form for questions for me to tweet in the chat removed.

Transcript link and PDF added.

Do feel free to add further questions or comments below.



#OTalk 15-04-2014 E-Portfolios for CPD

The chat on E-Portfolios was held on the 15th April by @GillyGorry the original post about E-Portfolios can be found Here and further guidance on E-Portfolios can be found Here

Thanks to all who participated in the chat the Full Transcript Here  We would love to see you E-Portfolios, if you are happy to share these, please leave the link in the comments below. We can revisit this topic next year to review.



22 April 2014 – Making the most of conferences, shows and exhibitions.

Here is a link to the HealthCare Hashtag Transcript for the chat.

PDF of the transcript: #OTalk 22 April 2014

Introduction Post:

Well the exhibition and conference season is upon us!

Although I have to admit with more and more being filled into the calendar it is a wonder I get any work done at all. However some people only get to go once a year.

So we thought it would be a good idea to have a chat about how to get the most out attending exhibitions, shows and conferences. Therefore we will be dedicating the 22nd April’s chat to just this topic.

If you have some great tips and can not make the chat please feel free to add comments to this blog post or tweet us @OTalk_ and we will gather your hints and tips together.

Also for anyone who maybe has not attended an exhibition, show or conference before (or maybe you have and still feel overwhelmed by it all) please send us your questions so we can try to cover them during the chat.

As always looking forward to sharing with and learning from the #OTalk community.



Chat at 8pm (BST), click here for alternate time zone information.

#OTalk Journal (Media) Club – 6th May 2014

The transcript of this chat is now available at this link. (Click here for a PDF version)


The next journal club will be on the 6th of May at 8pm BST (click this link to check your local time), and will be hosted by Rachel Russel (@bronteot). The article is:

Aplin, T., et al. (2013) “Understanding the dimensions of home that impact on home modification decision making.” Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 60(2), pp. 101-109. DOI: 10.1111/1440-1630.12022

Blog post from Rachel :

“What I do is just bread and butter OT.”  This is a phrase that I have heard numerous community OTs, including myself, use when describing their role in the field of home modifications (in the UK we tend to use the term ‘equipment and adaptations’ instead of home modifications).  Sadly, it is only since starting my own research journey that I have become to appreciate the complexity of what we do as OTs when modifying a person’s home environments.  Therefore, I want to use this article to explore this complexity.

Before reading this article, I want you to sit for 5 minutes and have a look around one of the rooms in your home.  Look at the furniture, ornaments, and the other everyday items around you.  What do those things mean do you?  How do those bits and pieces express who you are?  Finally, how do those items support your occupational performance?  Now read the article…

I hope that the article brought out many of the points you considered when looking around your own home.  It made me think about how invasiveness the process of having one’s home modified must be, particularly if the OT is not sensitive to the ‘personal’ dimensions of home.  It also helped me to understand the influence I have in improving someone’s level of occupational performance through the recommendations I make.  Moreover, it made me realise and appreciate the complexity of what occupational therapists do in this field of practice.

For the journal club I want to explore three key questions:

1. Although you may not be involved in this area of practice, what did you learn from the article that could influence your practice?

2. As OTs who could we lobby to improve the design of home modifications?

3. How do the political and economic conditions of where you practice influence the occupational performance outcomes for the people you work with?


Please note that the article chosen is not open source. Please be aware of copyright law.

Details and download of the Reading Record can be found on the Journal (Media) Club Resources page.

Parkinson’s: in control #MDTchat Weds 9th April 8pm (BST)

Rather than double up on blog posts I thought I’d reblog the post the fabulous Naomi at #physiotalk organised. This is about our joint #MDTchat along with WeNurses for Parkinson’s Awareness Week. #OTalk is moving from Tues 8th to Wed 9th April to facilitate this. Hope you can join us.


We are very excited to be holding our first #MDTchat on Wednesday 9th April 8-9pm (BST), a collaboration between @wenurses, @otalk_occhat, @physiotalk and @sumesuk from @ParkinsonsUk for Parkinsons’s Awareness Week  ‘In Control’ (7th – 13th April 2014).

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