#OTalk 27th November 2018 – Occupation Focused Goal Setting Tools for Children and Young People 

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Goal Setting Tools for Children and Young People” and will be hosted by Emma Laird (@EmmalairdOT).

Here is what Emma had to say…

Occupational therapy offers a unique perspective known as an occupation-centred approach (Fisher, 2013) to promote engagement and participation within occupa

tions which supports health and well-being.  When identifying therapeutic goals for children and young people, this has previously been influenced by what the parents/family consider to be the main concerns and priorities (Pollock et al, 2014; Rodger and Kennedy-Behr, 2017).  However, it is recognised that children need to be active in setting goals where possible to enhance engagement and participation in interventions to improve outcomes.  For intervention to be client-centred, a collaborative goal setting approach involving the child and their family is essential to identifying what the priorities are whilst being meaningful and important to the child (Bamm and Rosenbaum, 2008).  

There has been a professional shift towards occupation-centred practice (Rodger and Keen, 2010) and the need for tools to help facilitate children to self-report their goals.  This has been area of practice whereby new tools have been published to help the therapist in empowering the child and family to identify occupation-based goals (Rodger and Kennedy-Behr, 2017) which is in line with government policies.  

Within my practice, goal setting helps inform our clinical practice by delivering effective intervention that is client-centred and evidenced based (Costa, Brauchie and Kennedy-Behr, 2017).  However, with the development of new self-reporting tools and professional changes whereby we focus on occupation this has made me ask questions and look at the evidence to support my clinical practice.

Questions:-

  1. What goal setting tools are being used across different specialist areas of paediatrics and why?
  2. How can we measure the impact of goal setting with children, young people and families?
  3. How can we use goal setting tools as an outcome measure?
  4. How can we support collaborative working within the goal setting process and improve functional outcomes?
  5. What are the gaps in research and how can this be addressed/
  6. What are the opportunities and challenges of introducing a new goal setting tool into the service 

 

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#OTalkonTour is hitting the road again! Come and find the #OTalk Team at this years @TheOTshow.

As you may know, the Team often travel around, not just promoting #OTalk but also talking about the benefits and implications of using social media. We also give talks and facilitate workshops on technology, Continuing Professional Development, as well as the safe and effective use of social media within occupational therapy practice.

On the 21st and 22nd of November we hit the road again and take #OTalkonTour, this time heading to The OT Show in Birmingham.  The Team have a stand and will also be presenting on the use of Tweetchats for Continuing professional Development.

So why visit the #OTalk on Stand J66?

-Stop by and get your social media questions answered.

-Learn more about the opportunities and barriers in using Twitter for social media by viewing our posters or picking up a copy of the latest research to share with your colleagues.

-Grab yourself a free Twitter profile picture taken by our professional photographer, Anthony.

-Take a fun photo with our #OTalkonTour selfie frame and props. For those of you at this years RCOT conference you will know this was a big hit.

-Say hello to the team! We love meeting members of the #OTalk community in person and putting a face to your Twitter handle.

-And of course, nab a sweet or two!

If you are attending the OT Show be sure to stop by Theatre 1 at 13:50 on Wednesday to hear the teams presentation. 

You can also follow the goings on over the two days by following us on Instagram Here or via the Twitter hashtag #OTalkonTour.

You can find out more about The OT Show and sign up Here

#OTalk 20th November 2018 – Tweeting at Events, Conferences and Training.

This weeks #OTalk is about tweeting at conferences and other events and will be hosted by the OTalk Team.

Tweeting at real time events has many benefits; it gives promotion to the event, cause or Profession, allows you to share your views, it offers those not in attendance a chance to gain insight into the event and share in the learning opportunity and it can also be used as a reflective tool.

This chat aims to give you some hints and tips by finding out how those in the community share via Twitter, discuss what they feel helps their learning and highlight some common pitfalls and hurdles.

Some questions to consider;

Do you Tweet at events and why? If not, why not?

What are the positives? Whats your preferred way to share at events? What have you found most useful?

Are there any negatives? Perhaps you feel live tweeting detracts from the event? How do we overcome the barriers?

What are your “top tips”? Ours is don’t forget the hash tag!

Is there anything else that would encourage you to share more, to engage or to share differently?

If you are new to Tweeting, at conferences or in general, why not give it ago at this weeks OT Show? If you get stuck or have any questions you can stop by the #OTalk stand (we are J66) and we will be happy to support you! 

 

#OTalk 13th November 2018 – Maintaining an occupational focus with generic mental health roles

This weeks #Otalk is on the topic of “generic roles within mental health” and will be hosted by Abigail Matthews (@Abi21643842).

Here is what Abi had to say…

It is not uncommon for occupational therapists to find themselves within a generic health role, as therapists with a broad range of transferable skills therapists are ideally placed within this role.  The first occupational therapists to work in mental health provided meaningful occupations for injured soldiers during the First world war. Making use of arts, crafts and basket weaving activities (Pettigrew at al., 2017). In recent times the healthcare sector has developed additional roles for occupational therapists within generic roles, often community based (Lloyd at al., 2007). However, there are many challenges with the blurring of roles and professional boundaries. Evidence suggests that occupational therapists can find it difficult to maintain their occupation focussed within this type of role (Crawford at al., 2000). This OT talk will help explore practitioners experiences and understanding of how best to support professional development within a generic mental health setting.

  1. What are the benefits and challenges of working as an OT in a general mental health setting
  2. What mental health specific skills are necessary in this type of role?
  3. What resources and tools can support practitioners to remain occupation centred?
  4. What extra learning/ work based training has supported your practice?

References

Brown, B. , Crawford, P. and Darongkamas, J. (2000), Blurred roles and permeable boundaries: the experience of multidisciplinary working in community mental health. Health & Social Care in the Community, 8: 425-435. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2524.2000.00268.x

Lloyd, C., King, R. and Ryan, L., 2007. The challenge of working in mental health settings: Perceptions of newly graduated occupational therapists. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70(11), pp.460-470.

Pettigrew, J., Robinson, K. and Moloney, S., 2017. The bluebirds: World War I soldiers’ experiences of occupational therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71(1), pp.7101100010p1-7101100010p9.

POST CHAT

Chat host: Abigail Matthews @Abi21643842

#OTalk Support: @gilliancrossley

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript November 13th 2018

Online Transcript

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31 Participants
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