June’s #OTalk Research chat will be hosted by @ROTTERSPlym on the topic of ‘Feel the fear and start doing research tomorrow.’
When thinking about hosting #OTalk Research the ROTTERS curry club (Hocking et al, 2017) members looked at the previous #OTalks on research. The #OTalk research of 10th May 2016—what does it mean to engage with research within practice?—highlighted that we all know what the barriers to research in a clinical setting are. It’s important to recognise these, but the negative consequences of not doing research are too great for the profession. Occupational therapists need to ‘lean in’ (Sandberg, 2015) and start to do research in clinical practice. We also discussed how other professionals appear to us to be more focussed, i.e. better at explaining their role to others and doing (clinical) tasks in a systematic way. The group recognised the need to move forward and address this by being more focussed that is, explaining occupational therapy clearly in the workplace and measuring outcomes of practice. In keeping with the ‘lean in’ ethos we, as occupational therapists, need to change the conversation from what we can’t do in terms of research to what we can do. For some members this reminded them of a talk that Jen McAnuff (NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, Newcastle University) and Sam Armitage (Senior Occupational Therapist, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust) gave at the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section – Children, Young People and Families Annual Conference 2016 called ‘Five ways to implement evidence based-practice, starting Monday’.
Building on Jen and Sam’s challenge this #OTalk Research—Feel the fear and start doing research tomorrow—is a rallying cry for us to work together to act. As a starting point here are some questions to think about:
- What are the facilitators of your participation in research?
- What resources can we all draw upon within our organisation and within research community?
- Who do we need to collaborate within and outside your usual clinical and research networks to make research happen?
- What is the first step you will take tomorrow to progress research in your area of work?
Hocking M, Warren A, Bannigan K (2017) CPD with a twist: The ROTTERS curry club. OT News (2) 46-47
McAnuff J, Armitage S (2016) ‘Five ways to implement evidence based-practice, starting Monday’. College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section – Children, Young People and Families Annual Conference 2016 (personal communication)
Sandberg S (2015) Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. London: WH Allen
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