The research #OTalk at 8.00pm on 5th June 2018 is being hosted by ROTTERS Plymouth (with ROTTERS Exeter and ROTTERS Truro) and supported Lynne Goodacre from the #OTalk Research team.
The reason for choosing this topic is because, whilst research is a recognised part of the work of an occupational therapist, it is not always clear how you can work as a researcher in occupational therapy. We have invited some occupational therapists, who are working in research, to join in the discussion. We will tweet to let you know who has agreed to participate; we are hoping for a great discussion informed by occupational therapists who have experience of working in research.
In our #OTalk we hope to discuss what sort of research roles exist, whether research roles are financially viable and if it possible to research occupation in these roles. We hope that the contributions from people, who are working in research roles, will provide invaluable insight into working as an occupational therapist in research especially in terms of providing top tips for an occupational therapist seeking a career in research.
We offer the following questions as a basis for reflection and discussion:
- What roles are available for occupational therapists wanting to work in research?
- Are there any financially secure research jobs? (i.e. Are there only fixed/ short term rather than permanent contracts? Or do you have to combine research work with another role?)
- Is it possible to work solely on occupation focussed research projects?
- Where do you find out about research jobs?
- What would be your top tip for an occupational therapist seeking a career in research?
Prepared by Solei Naisbett-Jones, Elspeth Clark, Rachel Rawlings, Martha Hocking and Katrina Bannigan on behalf of Plymouth ROTTERS.
On the #OTalk account @LynneGoodacre
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