#OTalkOnTour – #COT2014 (3rd-5th June 2014)



The #OTalk team are on tour again! Kirsty, Helen and Clarissa will be at the College of Occupational Therapists annual conference in Brighton (3rd-5th June). Unfortunately, Gillian isn’t able to make it this year, but her posters (P141 ‘Underpinning reablement assessment with occupational therapy theory and philosophy‘ and P150 ‘The added value of occupational therapy – Reablement Pilot Evaluation‘) will be on display.


We will be presenting two sessions about #OTalk:

And will be at the following social events:

You can also see Kirsty’s poster (P37 ‘Fandoms – they’re real for us‘) in the ROMPA Poster Viewing area.


Grab us if you’ve got any questions/ideas/comments about #OTalk or would just like to put faces to names. We hope to see you there!

– Clarissa (@geekyOT), Helen (@helen_otuk) and Kirsty (@kirstyes)


#OTalk 27th May 14 – Reflecting on our own experiences of health and social care

I am a user of healthcare services.
My family are users of health and social care services.

I have had good experiences and not so good experiences.

This OTalk is not a place to name or call out services but to talk about what we might learn from our experiences in terms of improving our practice. We have looked specifically at ‘When OT Goes Wrong’ already so this time I want us to think more generally about specific practical changes we could make to services based on our own experiences. I’ll share a couple of examples below.

For example I tell students about the time I went to Ear Nose and Throat out patients because I had been experiencing nose bleeds. I went in and got told they would put something up my nose and for me to go and sit out in the waiting room. In patient mode I let that happen and as I was waiting I became concerned that my mouth and nose were going numb and tingly, not actually having been told I had been given a local anaesthetic because they were going to cauterize my nose. This has most definitely taught me a lesson about informed consent and I will try and give a full picture to someone before undertaking interventions and ask them if they have any questions about what’s happening.

One of the biggest challenges I see as a relative of those receiving healthcare is that unless someone asks the right questions patients often seem to not be given the full picture. This links to earlier talks we’ve had about health literacy but as health professionals we should be trying to give a fuller picture. I think the Information Prescription service could be useful here. Is there general advice you give out on a regular basis that could be made into an information prescription?

Jokingly, after a recent encounter, I wondered if the NHS should employ an update service. You know when you are in a phone queue and the music stops intermittently to tell you your position in the queue? Maybe you should be able to log in and enter your password and it tells you what position in the queue you are for surgery, for an appointment etc. This might of course fluctuate depending on emergencies, but at least you’d know. In A&E they never seem to update the ‘the current waiting time is’ sign. It’s a bit galling when it says the current waiting time is two hours when you’ve already been waiting for four. Obviously emergencies happen but this is all about communication. When people know what is going on they are less likely to become frustrated.

In fact clarity of communication seems to underly all of my more frustrating experiences with healthcare and I wonder if this is the case more widely.

So, in preparation for the chat I want you to think about your personal experiences, anonymise them, but more importantly think about what you’ve learnt from them and what you might do differently in your own practice. Have you fed any of these ideas back to the equivalent departments in your own workplaces?

#OTalk Research – Survey Completion Request

The OTalk Team has been awarded ethical approval to conduct a survey evaluating the impact of OTalk.

Please find below:

A copy of the Participant Information

A link to the Survey

A sample tweet/status for you to share with your followers (feel free to copy and paste this).

Participant Information

Research Title
#OTalk – an evaluation of the experiences and impact of a weekly occupational therapy twitterchat.

Purpose of this research
This form is designed to collect responses on your experience with the Twitter chat that uses the hashtag #OTalk (also including previous chats using the hashtag #occhat).

The purpose of this research is to evaluate the impact of #OTalk on a number of factors including:
Opinions and knowledge of occupational therapy and occupational science.
Engagement in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Changes to Practice.

It is also important to form a better understanding of enablers and barriers to engagement in the chats.

Who can take part?
If you have ever seen or interacted with the #OTalk or #occhat twitter chats please complete this survey whether you are an occupational therapist, occupational therapy student, other health or social care professional/student, service user or member of the general public.

Do I have to take part?
You are under no obligation to take part in this survey, however once survey responses have been submitted they can be edited (if you select that option) but not retracted. Most of the questions in the survey are optional and you are free to leave the survey at any time. We would of course appreciate your open and honest comments in as much detail as you are able to give.

What is involved in taking part in this survey?
This survey is conducted using Google Forms attached to the OTalk team gmail account. An Excel spreadsheet of the responses will be saved.

Please allow 30 minutes to complete the survey (although it may take less time depending on which option you select).

Completing the survey implies consent has been given.

There is no financial reward from taking part in the research.

There are no anticipated negative impacts to taking part in this survey, however you are free to contact the research team via otalk.occhat@gmail.com if you are concerned by any of the questions and we will direct you to relevant services where needed.

Will my involvement in the research be kept confidential?
Only the following members of the OTalk team will have access to data from the form/excel spreadsheet: Kirsty Stanley, Gillian Gorry, Helen Rushton and Clarissa Sørlie.

Please do not include your name or any confidential information referencing yourself or others. The team will anonymise information given when presenting the findings of this research at conferences or in publications.

The anonymised findings will be shared as widely as possible. Examples of dissemination activity are: presentation at the College of Occupational Therapists conference, on our blog and it is our intention to write this up for journal publication.

Who has reviewed the research?
Ethical approval to conduct this survey has been awarded from Bournemouth University.

When does the survey close?
The survey will remain open until the end of June 2014 – early responses will be reviewed and presented at the College of Occupational Therapists conference at the beginning of June 2014.

Contact for further information
If you have any questions please contact the Lead Researcher Kirsty Stanley (Lecturer in Occupational Therapy at Bournemouth University) via otalk.occhat@gmail.com (or, if you prefer, kstanley@bournemouth.ac.uk) before taking part in the survey. Kirsty can arrange to speak to you in person to answer any questions if needed.

Thank you – The #OTalk Team. Kirsty, Gillian, Helen and Clarissa.

Link to the survey


Sample tweet/status update

Have you taken part, or seen me taking part in #OTalk on twitter. If so please consider completing this survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13Bnx8sK1Qz0GGHAH-E88SiQ0aWelcpqZhMjOVxfcAxM/viewform?usp=send_form

13th May 2014 – ‘OT Bread and Butter’

Rachel (@OT_Rach) will be hosting an #OTalk on 13th May 2014 at 8pm BST (click this link to check your local time) about occupational therapy core skills. She would like to use tweets from the chat to inform a presentation at the OT Show this year.

If you don’t want your tweets to be used in this way, please contact Rachel before/during the chat to let her know. 


OT Bread and Butter

I have been approached to present at the OT show this year, in thinking about what to present, I decided on occupational therapy in acute psychiatry as that is my”bread and butter” having worked in this area for most of my career to date.

This saying “bread and butter” got me thinking more about what is the bread and butter of OccupationalTherapy and is this practiced within acute mental health.

Firstly what does bread and butter mean? Below is a dictionary definition

Bread and butter


1. (modifier) a means of support or subsistence; livelihood: the inheritance was their bread and butter.

2. Bread-and-butter

aproviding a basic means of subsistence: a bread-and-butter job.

bsolid, reliable, or practical: a bread-and-butter player.

c. Expressing gratitude, as for hospitality (esp in the phrase bread-and-butter letter)

Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003

During Tuesday 13th May’s #Otalk I’m asking for your help, to explore what is “the bread and butter” or core skill of Occupational Therapy and I will be using thisinformation to base some of my presentation during the OT show, so please let me know if you don’t want your comments used.

To get you thinking

•What is your” bread and butter” in your role, or on the last placement you had
•What do you think are core OT skills?
•What is unique about your role or the role of OT?
The transcript for this chat is now available at Healthcare Hashtags or as a PDF.