September’s #OTalk will feed into the Research and Development Review being undertaken by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists with the particular aim of considering how we encourage qualified occupational therapists to engage in and with research to boost the professions’ capacity for research.
The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has launched a substantial review of its research and development activity. This is no small task and will involve undertaking a bit of a ‘journey’ over the next 12-18 months, the outcome of which will be a revised RCOT Vision, Strategy and Action Plan for Research and Development. As you can imagine, there is a great deal to consider, and this is where we need your help.
We know that there is a lot of great research going on that is both undertaken by occupational therapists and informs occupational therapy practice, so there is a lot to celebrate as the image below suggests.
However, we also know that we still have a long way to go to develop a really strong evidence base to underpin the broad spread of our practice and robustly demonstrate the effectiveness of our interventions and the value that occupational therapy brings to the lives of individuals, groups and communities. One way to try to speed up the rate of progress is to increase the professions’ capacity for research, or the number of occupational therapists who are engaged in or with research. That’s what we’d like to chat with you about during tonight’s #OTalk.
The questions forming the basis of our discussion are:
- What does engaging in or with research mean to you?
- To what extent do you think engaging with research is, could or should be core to the practice of all occupational therapists?
- Research engagement takes many forms. What tangible things can you do to demonstrate involvement on a spectrum or range of levels?
- How receptive is the culture of your workplace to engagement with research?
- What would make the biggest difference to supporting and enabling more occupational therapists to engage with research at some level?
We are really looking to hearing all of your thoughts and ideas, which will be a very welcome contribution to the RCOT Research and Development Review. If you get a chance ahead of the #OTalk session, it would be really helpful if you could give some particular thought to the types of practical activities that you could do to engage in or with research. We’d really love to hear all of the creative ideas that you can come up with so that we can use as examples them to inspire others.
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