How to make the most out of your attendance at the
40th College of Occupational Therapists (COT) Annual Conference
Harrogate 28 – 30 June
Whether you are attending conference for the first time or have been before this #Otalk may be for you. I am @SLawsonOT; the first COT conference I attended was in Manchester in 2007, I was a student in my second year of the part time course at Glyndwr University who was lucky enough to win a free student ticket. An occupational therapist who is my friend and mentor suggested I should attend if I had the chance as it was on our doorstep and it was something I should do at least once in my OT career…
Here I am 9 years later about to attend for the eighth time, I have attended both as a delegate in my role as a community occupational therapist with the local authority and as a presenter as part of the @TRAMmCPD team, this year @HearleD and I have poster P137 ‘Are you and your team really engaging in CPD’ (you can read our abstract in COT Conference Book of Abstracts 2016 p135).
Conference is a fantastic opportunity to learn, reinvigorate your passion for occupational therapy, network, meet members of COT and the ‘movers and shakers’ of the occupational therapy world. There will also be lots of opportunities to meet in person the people you know on Twitter and from #Otalk.
I believe that this year there are more delegates (1100+) attending than ever before and I have been asked by several people for hints and tips. I think #otalk is an ideal forum for everyone, for first timers to share their concerns and ask questions and for those more experienced to offer some hints and tips.
You are more than welcome to join the chat or lurk…
Are you attending #COT2016 for the first time?
- What questions would you like to ask those who have been before?
- What are your concerns?
- What are you most looking forward to?
- Do you know that there are sessions that are specifically aimed at those attending for the first time?
Have you attended annual conference before?
- Have got useful hints and tips for others?
- Why are you attending this year?
- How will you ensure you make the most from this CPD opportunity
Post Chat Updates
PDF of Transcript. #OTalk 7 June 2016