Occupational Therapy in Practice, OTalk

13th May 2014 – ‘OT Bread and Butter’

Bread and Butter OT

Date:   13/05/2014  Host: @OT_rach

Blog Post  –  Transcript

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.

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