Occupational Therapy and the fire service
Date: 19/08/2014 Host: @RGUOTStewart
After this year’s College of Occupational Therapists conference, we asked our OTalk community if there were any presentations they’d enjoyed enough to want to follow up with a tweetchat. Thank you to @angie_paul for suggesting this session:
Stewart E(1), Allan K(2), McIntyre A(3),
The Robert Gordon University, UK(1), NHS Education for Scotland, UK(2), NHS Tayside, UK(3)
I’m happy to announce that Elaine Stewart (@RGUOTStewart) has agreed to share her presentation with us and facilitate this week’s #OTalk with some of her students: Eithne O’Reagan (@or_eithne) and Natalie Crawford (@natalielc93).
Tayside Fire and Rescue Services have been working with Health and Social Care Agencies as part of an initiative to reduce fire deaths in Scotland. Key recommendations from this initiative include closer partnership working with Health and Fire Services to identify, access and share information about groups and individuals most at risk from fire. Shaping teams to work in a truly integrated way requires effective partnerships across agencies (The National Delivery Plan for the Allied Health Professions in Scotland, 2012-2015). Education, training and awareness are factors that are important to achieving effective partnership working therefore a joint placement for two Occupational Therapy students within mental health services and the fire service was developed.
This placement was completed in December 2013 with one Year 3 and one Year 4 Occupational Therapy student from Robert Gordon University (RGU) for a period of 6 weeks. The students participated in a peer model of supervision and spent time within older people’s mental health services and within the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. The placement was evaluated thereafter by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and a report completed. Key benefits stated were the promotion of the profession, collaborative and partnership working and autonomy and consolidation of Occupational Therapy core skills.
Following the placement several events including a partnership event in Tayside with Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health, and the two Occupational Therapy students presented at the College of OT National Conference in Brighton in June 2014.
This is the first type of placement of this nature with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and it is hoped with continued partnership, this will be developed nationally as a model with potential additional pilot placements being currently planned in Aberdeen and again in Tayside for November 2014.
Within the twitter chat I would hope to discuss any other examples of practice similar to this in other areas, and also to discuss the opportunities and challenges that a contemporary placement like this can present. We would be happy to share any of the experiences of this placement opportunity and how any future involvement could be shaped.
I hope that anyone interested will become involved in the chat. Myself and the 2 students involved in the placement will be available to discuss this and look forward to it.
As usual, the chat will be held at 8pm BST on Twitter, using the hashtag #OTalk. If you’re new to Twitter chats, check out this handy guide from our colleagues over at #anzOTalk.
EDIT: Thank you to Shelagh Creegan (@shelaghahp), Associate AHP Director for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities, for writing a chat summary and sending some additional posters for our information. Please find her summary below (posted as a comment), and check out the posters: