As everyone is starting to prepare for RCOT 2018 this years blog squad is gearing up to bring you insights into their conference experience. We had wonderful feedback about the blogs last year and so have decided to do it again. So that you know who we are here is a little bit about us.
Given the size of conference, and the fact that people are doing this during their own conference time, there is a limit to how much we can capture. However we’ve tried to cover all of the key events and to pick some of the sessions that have caught our individual attention.
The blogs will be posted during conference so make sure to keep an eye out for them next week and if you’re at conference and you see one of us – come and say hello.
Hello I am mum to four lively boys and a crazy dog. I hold two Occupational Therapy posts within Pennine Care NHS Trust, one within an acute Older Adults in-patient ward and the other a Care Home Liaison Service. Since graduating 18 years ago I have practised predominantly within mental health. I love learning new information. I am passionate about ‘human centered care’, social inclusion, advocacy, compassion, the value and awesomeness of Occupational Therapy and a focus on ‘seeking to understand’. I am really excited to attend the conference and soak up all the positive vibes. To stay buoyant in very challenging work environments ( ie the medical model/risk aversion) I have been blessed and I am grateful to have in my life grounding/bare foot walking, Nia Dance , Somatic Yoga, Ariel Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Glasswalking, Firewalking and Gong Baths ( sound / vibration healing). I also love long walks with my dog and cycling. Say hi to me on twitter @Mrsbaistow
Hello, I am an occupational therapist on a specialist NHS community team for adults with learning disabilities and complex distressed behaviour. I am passionate about learning disability occupational therapy practice and integrating research into clinical practice. In 2017 I was awarded a place on the HEE/NIHR funded MSc in Clinical Research at Plymouth University; my research focus is outcome measurement in learning disability occupational therapy. I am co-presenting a session this year and excited to be attending the conference, and part of the blog squad! Find me on Twitter at@Els_OT
I worked across a range of adult mental health services before my passion for research led me to my current role as a research practitioner within mental health research delivery. I recently completed an HEE/NIHR Internship and I plan to progress as a clinical academic. My research aims to develop the role of occupational therapists working within Crisis Resolution Teams. I am co-presenting at this year’s conference and am excited to use blogging as a way to celebrate the insights, ambitions and attainments of occupational therapists! Find me on Twitter @FayeDunford
I worked in the NHS and voluntary sector supporting people with rheumatic conditions and managing an Independent Living Centre before moving into academia. I have supervised postgraduate students at Masters and PhD levels and undertaken my own research. I work now in independent practice as a professional personal coach and specialise in providing 1:1 and group coaching to AHPs and early career researchers.
Hello, I’m Catherine. I have spent the majority of my professional life as an Occupational Therapist working in young people’s mental health and early intervention psychosis. I currently work as a Research Practitioner in Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and I am the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cup-O-T: Wellness and Therapy Services. Cup-O-T is a social enterprise which delivers mental wellness support to those living in rural Norfolk and Suffolk. Outside of work I enjoy foraging, anything to do with Harry Potter, origami and spending time with my Husband, Joe, and cat, Frodo. Website: www.cup-o-t.co.uk Twitter: @CupOTservices
Hello, I am a MSc occupational therapy student at Teesside University. I aspire to work as an occupational therapist in the mental health sector when I graduate in early 2019. My hobbies include playing ukulele, singing in a choir, travelling, hiking, and photography. I am presenting at conference for the first time (Session 12) and hope to share what I’ve learnt from this experience in a blog squad post. Find me on twitter and say hi: @orlatheOT
Hello, I have been an Occupational Therapist for almost twenty years. Most of my clinical practice was within the NHS in an acute medical setting, and I have also worked in private and voluntary sectors. I did my post graduate MSc at University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) and enjoyed it so much that last year I left practice and secured a job at UCLAN. I am now part of a team who are developing a brand-new pre-registration MSc OT course which will start in September. This is my first COT conference and I am very much looking forward to it.
I am an Occupational Therapist, passionate about the ‘doing stuff of life’, many years working in mental health & teaching next generation of occupational therapists in my role as an Associate Lecturer with Sheffield Hallam University & loads of voluntary feral occupational therapy. Will be hosting Occupation Station Workshop : Learning in a Human Library: don’t judge a book by its cover! Wed 13 June Session number: 93.1 14.00-15:35. Come and join us!! … twitter @cathymc9781
Hello, I am an Occupational Therapy graduate from Essex. I currently work as the RCOT Education Liaison Officer for pre-registration students travelling to universities across the UK to talk to students about RCOT membership and support them through their studies. I can now say I’ve left the South East and seen most of the UK, my geography on the other hand, hasn’t improved. Professionally, I am interested in the therapeutic use of writing and creative arts, mental health, Dementia and Autism. Outside of work I spend a lot of my time with my adorable and energetic sprollie (spaniel cross border collie), fire juggling, dabbling with archery, knitting, sewing, attempting to cross stitch, folk music and drinking way too much coffee. If you want to say hi or talk more, find me on twitter: @Amie_OT
Hi, I am a soon-to-be qualified Occupational Therapist having just finished my BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy at Coventry University. I have recently accepted my first rotational Band 5 role in acute mental health, starting on a dementia unit. Professional interests include: Green Care interventions for mental health recovery, mindfulness and evidence-based practice. Personal interests are: anything to do with my tortoiseshell cat (Summer), historical fiction novels and the great outdoors. This is my first time at conference (and first trip to Ireland!) 🙂