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:
- 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.
- 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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