May’s #OTalk Research topic will be exploring industry based research hosted by Professor Suzanne Martin @DrSuzanneMartin , Ulster University and supported by Nikki Daniels @NikkiDanielsOT from the #OTalk Research Team.
There are many symbiotic relationships with industry required to design and deliver occupational therapy services. This ranges from the production of assistive technologies that we prescribe to the collaboration with commissioned care provides as just a few examples. Within the United Kingdom, politically, there has been a shift from a dependency on solely the public provision of services to a more partnership based approach involving commercial vendors. Occupational Therapy research should be
orientated to have impact on providing the evidence for what we currently do and creating the emergence of novel approaches to occupational therapy interventions.
With this in mind, and cognisant of how our services and some interventions are sourced from industry partners it is realistic and both reasonable to consider opportunities for research that is in collaboration with industry. In addition, opportunities for funding outside traditional research councils exist that enable us to promote innovation within industry partners – developing our knowledge base within the profession whilst enhancing the competitiveness and knowledge base of organisations we work with.
In our talk tonight we aim to explore where the opportunities might exist for occupational therapy research with industry. We hope to reflect on both the opportunities and challenges of this type of research and consider what would be helpful to our profession to enable more therapists to engage in partnership work.
Here are some questions to consider as we discuss this topic.
1. Does anyone have experience of industry collaborations or can share examples of
positive contributions from such research collaborations?
2. What contribution or impact do you think research with industry partners could have for our profession?
3. Do you think this has been a gap that requires greater focus?
4. What do you think the challenges could be for our profession or what challenges have
5. What would encourage or discourage you form initiating or forming collaborations with industry?
6. What would we be helpful to enable more people to engage in research that is based in
Hosting the chat Professor Suzanne Martin @DrSuzanneMartin , Ulster University
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