#Otalk 29th November 2016 -Role emerging Occupational Therapy.

This weeks #Otalk topic is ‘Role emerging OT, friend or foe?’.

Over recent years there has been an increase in Occupational Therapists working in broader roles such as team managers, honorary consultants, prescribers, discharge facilitators, case managers, care coordinators and within charities.

With OT having such a wide span of knowledge, training and experience it is a profession for the lifespan. This combined with it’s holistic approach means OT has plenty to offer so it is no surprise that OTs are now branching out from the traditional confines of acute and community care.

While these roles are a prime opportunity to show the world what we are capable of, are we doing our protected titles and the profession a disservice by taking on these generic roles?

Some points to consider:

What are the opportunities within these types of roles? Is this our chance to shine and show the true value of what we do and what OT has to offer?

What are the potential difficulties for OTs working in these settings? Lack of OT specific supervision? Could this lead to a loss of professional identity? Could there be a role conflict?

How can OT and occupation still be at the heart of our practice in role emerging and generic settings? Should we even be thinking and working occupationally if were not actually employed under the title of Occupational Therapist?

This chat will be hosted by #Otalk Team member Kirstie (@KLO2_KAY) and we hope to see lots of of you there!



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#OTalk 22nd November 2016 – Annual Conference, a time for change!

This weeks chat will be hosted by members of the COT conference programme committee, Ken Levins @LevinsKen, Alicia Ridout @AliciaRidout and Clare Taylor @ClareTaylorBUon the topic of “Annual Conference…time for a change”.

Here is their introductory blog post….

If you are familiar with the conference timetable, you will have noticed that the schedule for the COT 2017 conference call for papers has changed. In the past the deadline for the call for papers was September, however this has been pushed back to 20 January 2017.

There are two main reasons for doing this:

  1. There were a number of different deadlines for the call for papers, there was the main conference programme deadline, and then the emerging research and the student abstracts were manged differently. So we have decided to consolidate the dates and just have one call for papers deadline.
  2. The call for papers process has been streamlined; we have been able to tighten the process, and this means we will create a more up- to- date scientific programme for conference delegates to attend.

Submitting an abstract for Annual Conference is an excellent way to share your occupational therapy successes. It’s a great development opportunity as you can learn so much from the discussion that your abstract generates. Past presenters have found it an incredibly empowering process that builds their professional and personal confidence. They also enjoy the recognition and the kudos of making a valuable contribution to the development of the occupational therapy profession.

Abstracts are welcome from all areas of practice, and all types of work from authors at all stages of their careers. To make conference even more inclusive, five new submission categories have been introduced. This widens the scope for abstracts and will give potential authors a framework that will fit within their areas of work. The submission categories recognise the diverse approaches within the occupational therapy profession. They are:

Interactive journal club is focused on sharing a critical appraisal of published work

Occupation station is based upon practical demonstration of an occupation and reflection on its use as a therapeutic tool

Practice development focuses on clinical and management practice that has had a measurable impact

Critical discourse is opinion and discussion around theory aiming to challenge current thinking and introduce new perspective

Research is completed or ongoing research with data findings and analysis

Abstracts delivered by service users or written jointly with a service user will be particularly welcome. The service user’s perspective gives a 360° view of occupational therapy and this provides a far more enrichening insight for delegates. Service user presenters will be offered free one day registration to attend conference.

The hosts will be available to answer any questions on the call for papers process and the new submission categories. They will be able to demonstrate how the new conference call for papers will impact on the development of the conference programme and create a high quality CPD experience that celebrates the diversity of our wonderful profession.


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#OTalk 15th November 2016 – NHS Self Care Week

November 14-20 2016 is Self Care Week.


Further information from the NHS can be found here: Self Care Week 2016

This year’s theme is health literacy and the strapline is

Understanding Self Care for Life.

The campaign is designed to assist people in understanding what self-care for life means and the campaign provides information about knowing how to keep fit and healthy, how to deal with medicines appropriately, manage self-treatable conditions and when to seek appropriate clinical help. The campaign is also designed to raise awareness for those living with a long-term condition, explaining that self care is about understanding that condition and how to live with it.

However, as an occupational therapists we often work with people to whom self care is something altogether different. With this in mind we would like take this weeks #OTalk as an opportunity not only to support the official campaign, so please do share what is happening in local area.

This year the Self Care project have launched an app to help students.



We will also be exploring the wider theme of self care and how we as occupational therapists and those that we work with define self care and how this translates to the everyday services that we provide.

We look forward to chatting further between 8-9pm Tuesday 15th November 2016.

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Tuesday 8th Nov 2016 – Politics and Health Care

As the US election is happening today, I thought we could explore if and how politics impacts on our practise as occupational therapist.


Questions to think about?

Q1 During an election period, what impacts on your decision to vote?

Q2 How do you keep up to date with politics and is it really that important?

Q3 Should occupational therapist engage in politics or remain neutral? And way?

Q4 In your career to date, has a political decision, affect you or your work?

Q5 How if at all do you think leaving the European Union, will affect the NHS?

Q6 How and if at all do you think today’s US election result will affect the U.K. and health care general?

Rachel Booth



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