#OTalk – 3 March 2015 – Photography.


During February a new OT Facebook Group was launched Photos4OT. This got us to thinking about the topic of photography and thought it would be good chat topic too. So we will be dedicating the chat at 8pm on the 3rd Match 2015 to the broad topic of photography. (click to check your local time).

The Photos4OT group has the following description:

This group is part of the suite of Facebook groups created by occupational therapists for networking.
Here, you can post photos under the general topic of Occupational Therapy and on specific topics, such as:
Occupation and participation;
Occupational Therapy intervention;
Tools for Occupational Therapy;
Occupation Therapy outcomes;
You can add other topics.
Be creative.

Do join if this is an area you wish to explore further.

During the chat on the 3rd March please share your photographs, idea. thoughts and of course any resources you may have.

Some idea to get you thinking:

Are you a photographer?

What do you do with your photographs?

Do you only use photography in your personal life or have you used it therapeutically?

Have you been involved in any photography groups? Do you plan to? This could be a great chat to ask questions or share your idea?

To get the sharing going I completed the 366 challenge in 2012, I shared one photograph a day, every day, for a year. Helen’s 366 for 2012 I am considering doing this again in 2015. Please share if you have done this or any other photography related projects.

Please be mindful that all photographs shared will be public. Do think about privacy and permission to share.

You are reminded to respect copyright laws and the intellectual property of any photograph you share during the chat. Adherence to copyrights laws or intellectual property will be responsibility of the individual who posted the content.

The photography used in this post was from a royalty free sharing site and uploaded by Wilma Birdwell

If you would like to use your participation in the chat for your CPD please take a look at our resources section.

Post chat updates:

The Numbers

590,569 Impressions
311 Tweets
52 Participants

#OTalk Participants

Healthcare HashTags Online Transcript. 

PDF #OTalk – Healthcare Social Media Transcript 3 Mar 2015


#OTalk – 24th February 2015 – #EDAW15 Occupational Therapy and Eating Disorders

Last year, we (@pd2ot and @geekyOT) hosted an #OTalk tweetchat about occupational therapy and eating disorders for Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#EDAW14). We had 63 participants, and tweets from the chat made 659,387 impressions.

This year, Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#EDAW15) will run from Monday 23rd February – Sunday 1st March 2015. To coincide with this, we will be hosting another #OTalk on Tuesday 24th February at 8pm GMT (click the link to check your local time).

A real strength of the chat last year was having the contributions of clinicians/students and those who had personal experience of eating disorders throughout the chat – this year we’d encourage the same thing. So whatever your background, if you have any thoughts on the below topics, please join us!


  1. What types of individual/group interventions could occupational therapists use when working with people with eating disorders? What theory/evidence can be useful?
  2. If you have experienced treatment for an eating disorder (especially occupational therapy), what was it like? For me (@pd2ot) the occupations associated with my eating disorder (and self harm) had been all-consuming. Suddenly treatment changed that. There were feelings of fear and loss. It was chaotic. I was also bored! My focus transferred to treatment as my main occupation. It wasn’t as fulfilling. I was trying to engage in new ‘health promoting’ occupations but spent most of my time frantically distracting myself from the lost eating disordered activities, while remaining totally consumed by eating disordered thoughts. What was it like for you? Were there aspects of treatment that were especially helpful/unhelpful?
  3. What is it like to deliver or receive treatment for an eating disorder when engaged in a non-specialist service (maybe on a medical ward, a general mental health ward, at a GP surgery, or as part of a community mental/physical health team)? What are the challenges? What can make the experience a good one?
  4. Which occupational  therapy assessment tools/methods might be useful when working with people with eating disorders? Why? What challenges might there be when using them?
  5. Can you recommend any resources for occupational therapists working with people with eating disorders? (Please share these throughout the chat)
  6. Have you got any questions for the rest of the community about occupational therapy and eating disorders?

It can be difficult to convey answers in 140 characters, so feel free to comment below or to email us something to go onto a Storify.

Preparing for/joining in/reflecting on #OTalk chats counts as CPD activity. Click this link to download a template for documenting your participation.

To prepare for the chat, you can:

Some articles about eating disorders and occupational therapy:

Finally, click the image below to find out more about beat’s fundraising campaign ‘Sock it to Eating Disorders’.


We look forward to chatting with you!


Thank you to everyone who joined in this year’s Eating Disorders Awareness Week #OTalk.

You can read the transcript on the Healthcare Hashtags website or download the PDF. We will be posting a Storify of the questions and answers soon, so watch this space!

The Numbers

1,121,783 Impressions
519 Tweets
41 Participants

#OTalk 17th February 2015 – Celebrity; Impact on Occupation.

Tuesday 17th February 2015 8pm GMT Time Zone Conversion 

Chat to be hosted by Vandita Chisholm @VanditaChisholm BAOT/COT Marketing Manager, Responsible for promoting occupational therapy, annual conference and member services

You may be aware that Ruby Wax, celebrity mental health campaigner, television personality, comedian and award winning writer will be opening the 2015 College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference #COT2015. When this news was announced it was met with a lot of excitement and is considered to be quite a coup for the College. Ruby after all is not only all of the above, but has studied Psychotherapy and has recently gained a Master’s degree in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from Oxford University.

Ruby has been very open about her bouts of depression that she calls black dog ( see links below for further information) and it seems that more and more celebrities are using their fame to de-stigmatise mental health problems by being open about their own personal experiences.

In these days of celebrity watching and dare I say it worship, it is encouraging that celebrities are able to be open about their flaws and limitations. This has not only been embraced and supported by their fans, but has also creates a new fan base and support.  During the  recent commemoration of the 50th anniversary Winston Churchill’s  funeral, the media talked quite openly about Winston Churchill’s manic depression, which he also referred to his ‘black dog’ and some commentators have partly attributed his mental health illness to his greatness as a war time leader.

But let’s not limit this blog to mental health conditions, you only have to look back a couple of years to witness the emergence of athletes who have achieved international greatness through the Paralympics, The likes of Hannah Cockroft, David Weir, Eleanor Simmonds are household names inspiring the nation because of their sheer determination to win and achieve.

So I am interested in hearing your views on:

a) how does celebrity openness about their health conditions help your service users come to terms with their conditions – does this make it easier for your practice or not?

b) how the current climate for ‘celebrity’ impacts on our occupational choices, and what if any impact has this had on your practice?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Further resources reference ‘Black Dog’

I had a black dog, his name was depression – http://youtu.be/XiCrniLQGYc

Living With a Black Dog – http://youtu.be/2VRRx7Mtep8

The Black Dog Campaign: http://www.sane.org.uk/what_we_do/black_dog/

Post chat updates:

The Number

663,450 Impressions
363 Tweets
53 Participants

#OTalk Participants

HealthCare Hashtags Transcript Online.

PDF #OTalk – Healthcare Social Media Transcript 17 Feb 15

#OTalk – 10th February 2015 – Dementia

This #OTalk will be co-hosted by @katrinabannigan, Associate Professor (Reader) of Occupational Therapy at Plymouth University and @PlymouthOT, Emma Kirk, PhD Student, Plymouth University.

The Institute of Health and Community at Plymouth University #IHCPlymouth has organised a series of evening lectures focussed on dementia looking towards co-ordinated social and health care. The lectures start on 10th February 2015 with two lectures on Models of dementia care by Dr Jos de Blok, Executive Director and Founder of Buurtzorg Netherlands. This seemed like an ideal backdrop to an #OTalk because #Buurtzorg, the model of care developed by Jos sounds like it would appeal to occupational therapists

Why not join in the #OTalk and share your views? If you are based in the South West you may wish to consider signing up for the whole lecture series. More details can be found here:


You can book a place by emailing: dementiaseminar@plymouth.ac.uk

What is Buurtzorg?

If like us you have never heard of Buurtzorg it is a model founded in the Netherlands. (It has been applied in other countries as well such as the US). It is a grassroots movement that started with a small group of professional nurses who were dissatisfied with the delivery of health care by traditional home care organizations in the Netherlands. Together they decided to create a new model of patient centred care focused on facilitating and maintaining independence and autonomy for the individual for as long as possible. It is organised with

  • Optimal autonomy and no hierarchy
  • Complexity reduction (also with the use of ICT)
  • Max of 12 nurses a team, 40 à 50 clients
  • Assessment and taking care of all types of clients: generalists!
  • 70% registered nurses
  • Their own education budget
  • Informal networks in the neighbourhood and close collaboration with GP’s


More about @PlymouthOT

@PlymouthOT is the Twitter name for Emma Kirk who has just started a full time PhD studentship exploring Occupational Therapy interventions in dementia care. The studentship is funded through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC) and is one of four PhD studentships within the new multi-disciplinary dementia care research programme. The programme aims to develop and test interventions that promote independent living for people with a dementia or support people with their transition into supported living in a coordinated and compassionate way.

Chat Questions:

1. Does anyone here have experience of the Buurtzorg model?
2. Do you think the Buurtzorg model has resonance with occupational therapy?
3. Could regular, skilled occupational therapy provide better, more cost-effective, outcomes than domiciliary care packages for people with a dementia?
4. What can Occupational Therapists learn from  grassroots innovation like Buurtzorg?

Thank you to everyone who participated in the chat.

The Numbers

836,771 Impressions
565 Tweets
61 Participants

Click here to read the transcript on the Healthcare Hashtags website, or click here to download the PDF.