This week Bel Youngson (@OTBelY) will be hosting #OTalk, focusing on The R & D Board, Research and You. Bel has written the introductory blog post below:
The role of the College of Occupational Therapists’ Research and Development Board includes:
- Supporting the development of research capacity and promotion of funding opportunities for occupational therapy research through partnership working
- Promoting the importance of robust evidence of clinical and cost effectiveness, and the availability of the knowledge base of the profession via local, regional and national facilities
- Providing leadership to the profession and informing the development of high quality services that are responsive to the research and information management needs of members, and
- Promoting research topics that are of policy and professional priority to research-active members.
Raising the profile of research in occupational therapy is being promoted by the Board in a number of ways. In the first of several articles on research in OT News, Mandy Sainty R & D Manager, talks to OT academics to see whether it is possible to combine a clinical and a research career (March 2016, pp32-33). Other articles relating to research are due to be published in OT News in June and September 2016. In addition Pauline McDonald, R and D Officer, has produced a series of research blogs on the BAOT blog. These can be found at https://baotcot.wordpress.com/author/baotcot/ .
The R and D Board will also be holding a networking meeting at the COT Annual Conference – All you ever wanted to know about research! – in Harrogate on Tuesday 28 June 2016 from 18.40 – 19.25, to which you are invited.
In order to inform direction and be responsive to the needs of occupational therapists the following questions in this OTalk session will be discussed:
- What would help you get more involved in research?
- Do you know what support is available for you to get involved in research?
- Do you know what resources COT provides to help with research?
- How as a profession can we ensure that the skills that pre-reg students learn in research can be taken forward into practice?
Members of the R & D Board will be on hand to help answer questions and sign-post to resources
Join us on Tuesday at 8pm (UK time), to join the #OTalk discussion.
Post Chat Updates:
PDF of Transcript: #OTalk 14 June 2016