#OTalk Research – Tuesday 4th April 2017

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of how NHS R&D departments can help occupational therapists and will be hosted by Prof Susan Corr, Head of Research and Development at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (@LPTresearch).


Here is what Susan had to say…


I took up my post at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust in 2013 after many years as an occupational therapy academic and researcher. I thought it a great opportunity to enable clinical staff to become research active and support the development of clinical academic roles across all healthcare professions.

Being research active in an NHS organisation comes in many guises mainly conducting, facilitating and/or implementing research.

Many NHS staff conduct research, often for the purposes of obtaining a qualification but also there are now many more staff aware that a clinical academic career pathway is a possibility for allied health professionals and nurses. NHS R&D departments can support these staff with all aspects of undertaking research including study design, grant writing, establishing academic partners and obtaining necessary approvals.

Most NHS Trusts support studies that are on the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), in that they have staff funded by the NIHR to enable service users and carers to be participants in national and international studies. Clinical staff can play a key role in facilitating this research in many ways including from taking on the role of local Principal Investigator for a study that offers their service users the opportunity to participate to handing out leaflets about studies. All these studies come to services through Trust R&D departments.

Accessing, critically appraising and utilising evidence in the workplace is key to ensuring care is high quality evidence based. NHS R&D departments can signpost staff to library facilities but may also deliver training or facilitate team discussions that help services to set up their own journal clubs for example. They may also host research events where recently conducted research is shared enabling clinical staff to learn about studies and discuss how to implement findings.


During this chat I would like to consider the following:


  1. What worked well when asking NHS R&D for support when conducting research?
  2. Service users consider research to be the ‘zone of hope’. How would you respond if asked what studies are happening locally?
  3. What helps utilising your/colleagues critical appraisal skills to discuss and implement research in your service?
  4. If you arranged a meeting with your Trusts R&D dept what would be your burning question/need?


Post Chat

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The Numbers

1,460,757 Impressions
327 Tweets
24 Participants
262 Avg Tweets/Hour
14 Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants


#OTalk OTea Party Time! 28th March 2017

This week we thought it was time we had a bit of a party….

OTea Party

Some questions to get you thinking…..

What inspired you to be an occupational therapist?
What do you admire in other occupational therapists?
What makes a good occupational therapist?
What do you like, love and loathe about occupational therapy?
We look forward to you joining us for our #OTalk OTea Party.

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The Numbers

1,487,608 Impressions
500 Tweets
51 Participants
400 Avg Tweets/Hour
10 Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants

#OTalk Tuesday 21st March OT Interview Clinic


This week the plan is to engage in an OT interview clinic, if your looking to get your first OT post, your next job, or you think you have some good tips and hints to share with others,  please consider joining in Tuesday 21st on March 2017 at 8pm GMT.

Here are a few good blogs to read in preparation for Tuesdays chat,



Topics to think about ready for the chat

  1. Application – the do’s and don’ts
  2. Your social media profiles – what can future employers find out about you?
  3. Pre interview contact / visit what should i do?
  4. Preparation
  5. What to wear
  6. The questions
  7. Using feedback productively

Throughout the chat I’ll be posting my top ten tips for interviews.

Rachel @OT_rach

#OTalk 14th March – What does it mean to be professional?

This weeks #Otalk is on the topic of professionalism and will be hosted by Sarah Lawson (@SlawsonOT).

Here is what Sarah had to say…

As I write this post in January 2017 I am beginning my Post Graduate MPhil/PhD journey researching continuing professional development and TRAMmCPD (www.TRAMmCPD.com/). In September 2016 I began lecturing to occupational therapy students at Glyndwr University. My first few lectures included ‘Introduction to Professional Practice’ and ‘Social Media in a Professional Context’.

I have spent 6 years working as a community Occupational Therapist in social care alongside being a member of the TRAMmCPD team, I am also Regional Forum Lead for the North-West Region of the College of Occupational Therapist, as well as being a partner, mother, daughter … I may be a glutton for punishment!

In preparation for my lecturing and research I have been reading and reflecting on what it means to be ‘Professional’ particularly as a health and care professional. Having reviewed the Health and Care Professions (HCPC) website for ‘fitness to practice’ investigations and ‘press releases’ it appears that some health and care professionals struggle to be ‘Professional’. I am intrigued to know if students/new graduates understood/understand what being an occupational therapist meant/means in terms of professionalism before they applied to be an under graduate.

Although wary, I am keen to involve my students in conversations and debates on social media, to encourage their interactions with the #otalk community which in my experience is a great forum to showcase ‘Professionalism’ and for them to consider what it means to be ‘Professional’ across all aspects of conduct, ethics, performance and social media use.

I am hoping to encourage occupational therapy tutors and students from Glyndwr University to participate or lurk in this chat, for some it will be their first time. As part of future lectures, on Reflection, Social Media use and developing a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Portfolio I am hoping to use #otalk for examples of how to record and reflect on participation as part of CPD.

During this chat I would like to consider the following:

As a student or new graduate 

  1. How did/do you feel about the expectations placed upon you as a health and care professional? (Ethics/Conduct/Social Media etc)
  1. Were you aware of the expectations before you became an under graduate?

3.  Have/do you struggle with what is considered to be professional and/or personal?

  1. Is there anything you think may help you?

As a Practitioner/Educator/Academic

  1. Do you think the concept of being a Professional has changed or evolved? If so, how?
  1. Are there still aspects you struggle with or are unclear of?
  1. Are you aware of the following updated documents and what has now been included/changed?

post chat

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The Numbers

872,182 Impressions
499 Tweets
59 Participants
399 Avg Tweets/Hour
Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants


#OTalk Research – Tuesday 7th March 2017

March’s #OTalk Research will be hosted by Dr Karen Morris and supported by Nikki Daniels (#OTalkResearch team).

Intro Blog Post:

I believe that occupational therapists are curious beings. We all have passions and things that excite us within our work, things that we want to pursue, niggles that we want to find out more about. Research can be a hard and lonely slog, made easier through remembering what inspired us to start the journey and the support of others.

The inspiration for this #OTalk is an article by Doris Pierce, one of my heroes. Whilst I do not always fully understand the complexity of her writing on first reading, I find her work inspirational. Within this particular article, Pierce explores the development of occupational science research through the metaphor of construction. She discusses the need for strong foundations hidden below the ground (descriptive research), followed by walls (relational research comparing different variables) before the roof can be built and supported (predictive research). I like this idea as it reinforces the need to strong qualitative research to underpin good quality quantitative research – both are equally important and cannot exist without each other.

The Journal of Occupational Science have kindly given us permission to share Pierce’s article with you should you be interested in reading it prior to the #OTalk (although this is not required for you to take part).

Article removed following chat

Pierce D (2012) ‘Promise: The 2011 Ruth Zemke Lecture in Occupational Science. Journal of Occupational Science 19(4), pp298-311

This #OTalk will consider:

  1. Who inspires you with their research and why?
  2. What do you think are the strengths of our current research ‘building’?
  3. Where (and how) would you like to see our research building strengthened?
  4. What do you think of the idea that qualitative research is the foundation for quantitative research?
  5. If you had a million pounds what area of OT research would you invest it in?
  6. Who do you think are the key architects in OT research and why? What about the builders?

Post chat

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The Numbers

1,338,541 Impressions
609 Tweets
68 Participants
487 Avg Tweets/Hour
Avg Tweets/Participant


#OTalk Participants