28th April 2015 – Is going on holiday good for your well-being? What might be the OT Role? 



For this weeks #OTalk we are discussing going on holiday.  The first part of the chat will explore what going on holiday does for a persons well-being.  The second part will explore if occupational therapists have a role to play in assisting people going on holiday.

Whilst researching this a little online I found information mainly from charities about how to go on holiday with varying disabilities,



I also found lots of companies offered accessible holidays, however differing ideas of what accessibility is.   As occupational therapist is gong on holiday something we ever discuss with our service users?

Tune in on Tuesday 26th April 8pm and join in.

Rachel @OT_rach

Post Chat Updates:

Online Transcript from HealthCare Hashtags. 

PDF of transcript: #OTalk 26th April 2016

The Numbers

1,599,483 Impressions
548 Tweets
43 Participants

#OTalk Participants


#OTalk Journal Club 19th April 2016 – BJOT Editorial

Being the #OTgeeks that we are, the #OTalk team contributed to an editorial in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy which was published last week. Hopefully, this will give us the motivation to plough on with the write-up of our 2014 research evaluating the impact of #OTalk!

We would not be #OTalk without our community, and thought this week’s #OTalk would be a great opportunity to further explore some of the issues we touched on in our editorial. Join us tomorrow, Tuesday 19th April at 8pm GMT+1 on Twitter using the #OTalk hashtag to discuss online communities of research and practice.



The full-text of the editorial can be accessed for free at the Sage Journals website – either in web or PDF form (links open in a new window).


Here are some questions to start off the conversation:

  • For you, what is the value of building an online communities of practice?
  • How do you build your online networks? How do you maintain them?
  • How do you decide what tools are helpful or a hindrance?
  • How do you balance your time online?


If you would like further inspiration, you can also check out our 2013 poster about developing online communities of practice.

Post Chat Updates:

The Numbers

1,511,661 Impressions
536 Tweets
81 Participants

Online Transcript from Health Care HashTags

PDF of transcript: 19th April 2016

#OTalk Participants


Position Now Open Again: #OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern

Welcome to the Team (Permanently), Kelly!

The #OTalk crew are excited to announce that our Student Digital Leader Intern, Kelly (@OTontheTracks), has agreed to become a permanent member of the team.

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Kelly started her role in April 2015 and quickly became a valued member of our team, a rock we can depend on and a good friend. Kelly has shown tremendous dedication to her role, actively participating in chats and promoting #OTalk at every possible opportunity. She has made sure that all previous chats on the on the otalk.co.uk website have a transcript, and created a wonderful ‘Welcome to OT’ video. We really appreciate how motivated she is and how easy she is to get along with, and we are so happy to have her onboard.

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Now Recruiting for #OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern(s)

We love the fresh perspectives and energy that students bring to the #OTalk community, and we have always had students in the team (@GillyGorry and @GeekyOT both started their #OTalk journeys as students). With this in mind, we have decided to re-open applications for the position of #OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern.

We want to recruit one or two UK/Ireland-based interns who are pre-registration students at the time of application to support the running of #OTalk for a 6-9 month period. A list of responsibilities and projects can be found below, along with an indication of the skills we are seeking. In return for your support, you will receive mentoring in digital leadership from the #OTalk team, and guidance to host/support-host a few chats throughout the internship. This experience will help develop your professional networks and will look great on a CV. You will receive a reference on completion of the internship.

Our outgoing Student Digital Leader Intern, Kelly, summed up her experience saying:

“Undertaking the Student Digital Leader Intern position with the #OTalk team created so many fantastic opportunities that I could  never have imagined I would be a part of as a student occupational therapist.

Being part of the #OTalk team has opened up a world of expertise and experience to learn from. I have developed a range of transferable skills I can take with me into my career as qualified occupational therapist and had lots of fun along the way”


#OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern – Responsibilities and Project

  • OTalk Blog – Transcript posting.
    To support the team by posting transcripts for selected chats within 48 hours of a chat and in linking to the summary page
  • OTalk Facebook
    Creating a Facebook event for each chat from the OTalk Facebook page
  • OTalk Twitter – Promoting
    Regular tweets from OTalk and personal accounts to promote the chats.
  • OTalk Twitter – Follows.
    To review follows on the OTalk Twitter account, block spam accounts and to follow back/create lists for the OTalk account.
  • OTalk Twitter – Hosting.
    To host a minimum of one chat during the internship and to support an additional two chats with guest hosts (Training will be provided – more can be hosted as desired).
  • OTalk Experience Summary.
    Along with the OTalk crew to write up an account of the experience of interning for publication.
  • OTalk Development.
    Engagement in online team meetings to review chat effectiveness, suggest future development and feedback on the relevance of OTalk for students.


Interns ideally need to be:

  • Excellent communicators
  • Familiar with the use of Twitter
  • Familiar with the use of Gmail, Google calendars and Google Drive
  • Familiar with the use of Skype
  • Familiar with WordPress blog editing dashboard
  • Able to create PDFs of transcripts
  • Available on Tuesday nights between 8pm – 9pm at least once a month
  • Available for 30 minutes on Wednesdays or Thursdays to post chat transcript
  • Able to access the Internet and have a laptop/smartphone that will enable blog editing and Twitter/Facebook access.
  • Passionate about the occupational therapy profession
  • Promoters of the positive application of social networking for professional development
  • Responsible and professional in their use of social media (social media accounts of applicants will be reviewed as part of the application process)
  • Engaging with CPD on a regular basis

(Training to use the relevant software will be provided so please still apply if you meet most of the outline above)


If you are interested in this position please send the following to otalk.occhat@gmail.com by 23:55 on the 15th May:

  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words demonstrating your suitability for the internship
  • A Biography of between 100-200 words (that includes your name and university, and a link to your LinkedIn profile) [Write this as if you are introducing yourself to the #OTalk Community on the blog]
  • Your skype username
  • The name and e-mail of a referee who can be contacted if you are invited to interview

Please direct any queries to the team using the above email address or Direct Message us on @OTalk_

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Skype interview by the end of May and will be in post by the beginning of June.

Please note this is a voluntary role (we are all volunteers and #OTalk is not-for-profit.

#OTalkonTour – 28th June 2016 @ #COT2016


#OTalk will be on tour at #COT2016.

At this years College of Occupational Therapist annual conference #OTalk will be #OTalkonTour.

Connecting online is great, but we also love to take the opportunity to get together when we can, therefore we have arranged to have a networking session at this years conference in Harrogate. We can all get together F2F! Yay.

However, we are aware not all of our wonderful #OTalk community will physically be in Harrogate so we have also arranged for the venue to let us have space (and WiFi)  to host #OTalk on the 28th June 2016 at 8pm from conference. So usual chat time, live from conference.

We would like to use the networking time to not only get together for a face to face chat, but also to offer a social media surgery style event for anyone who would like some support to develop their social media skills, or just to ask questions.

What we are asking you…

1. Are you attending #COT2016?

2. Will you be attending our networking session?

3. Would you be willing to help others, answer questions, sign up for accounts etc?

4. Suggestions for the #OTalkonTour topic for the chat at 8pm on the 28th June 2016?

We will update the this post as suggestions etc come in and then do a poll of all the suggestions so now it is over to you….



#Otalk 12th April 2016 Exploring independence, what does it really mean to you as an Occupational Therapist?

This week during #OTalk I would like us to explore this word ‘independence’, I have recently revaluated my understanding of this word following breaking my leg, and would be interested to hear what others thought. Read latest blog here

A dictionary definition of the word independent shows it has many meanings, including ‘not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself.’  ‘Not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc.’ Not relying on another or others for aid or support, and in Politics. a person who votes for candidates, measures, etc., in accordance with his or her own judgment and without regard to the endorsement of, or the positions taken by, any party.’ http://www.dictionary.com/browse/independent


Looking at these lyrics from a Destiny’s Child song, an independent woman is a financially independent one, who can buy her own things,

The shoes on my feet

I’ve bought it

The clothes I’m wearing

I’ve bought it

The rock I’m rockin’

‘Cause I depend on me

If I wanted the watch you’re wearin’

I’ll buy it

The house I live in

I’ve bought it

The car I’m driving

I’ve bought it

I depend on me

(I depend on me)

All the women who are independent

Throw your hands up at me

All the honeys who makin’ money

Throw your hands up at me

All the mommas who profit dollas

Throw your hands up at me

All the ladies who truly feel me

Throw your hands up at me


When I discus the change in my independence with friends and family, it tends to focus on the physical, but independence is more than just physically being able to do things, Is it not?  I find myself asking lots of question about what independence is and how valuable it is, so please join me on Tuesday to explore this further.

Rachel @OT_rach

Post Chat Updates:

The Numbers

1,256,792 Impressions
547 Tweets
47 Participants

#OTalk Participants

Online Transcript from HealthCare Hashtags

PDF of Transcript: #OTalk 12 April 2016