#OTalk Research blog Tuesday 1st October 2019: Jane Horne R&D Lead for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Neurological Practice.


This week Jane Horne will be hosting the chat from the @RCOT_NP account (RCOT Specialist Section for Neurological Practice).  Jane has been the Research and Development lead on the National Executive Committee for six years.  About to complete her term of office, the opportunity to facilitate this week’s #OTalk is timely. Shaping the growth and development of the specialist sections research and development roles, is key to ensure members have the opportunity to easily access research activities in their area of expertise. Ultimately, leading to a research active community.

The  Royal College of Occupational Therapy’s strategic, two year, research and review is drawing to a close and will culminate in the publication of a New RCOT Research and Development Strategy 2019-2024 (Autumn 2019). The strategy aims to inform, guide and direct the development of research in the occupational therapy profession in the UK.

Capturing members ideas on how we work together to achieve the overall aim of building a culture of research capacity within our profession, is essential. Using the best evidence to provide effective and efficient occupational therapy to deliver best practice, for the benefit of the people we treat, is why we do the jobs we do.

‘When clinicians and healthcare organisations engage with research there is the likelihood of improvement in their health care performance, even when that has not been the primary aim of the research.’ (1)

Occupational Therapists have a professional duty to use national guidelines to underpin daily practice and engage in research.  However, in reality, our busy clinical working lives often prevent us from doing this. It is easy to see research as a separate entity, something that academics do, and not that relevant when you are managing a busy caseload or service.

The aim of this #OTalk is to explore how specialist sections might help you navigate through this research agenda.  What can the specialist sections do for you? What do they do already that you may not be aware of?  Exploring how to better connect with our members to help them to develop their skills and knowledge in research and research activities, is important. Your thoughts and opinions would help guide our activities and help you to get the most out of your membership.


Here are some questions to consider during #OTalk chat to help facilitate discussion:

Are you aware that the specialist sections can help you access their membership for the purpose of identifying research participants for ethically approved studies?  Anyone had any experiencethey would like to share?  
What would make you more confident to conduct research in your locality/area of expertise?
Some specialist sections offer research grants.  How best could we use this funding to develop occupational therapy research capacity?
How would you like to see specialist section support early career researchers?
Some specialist sections successfully conduct an ejournal clubs, providing network opportunities and developingknowledge of the evidence. Is this type of activity something that interests you?  Have you been a participant, what was your experience?
What other ideas do you have for projects that might develop your research skills?
What can the specialist sections do better to help you to engage in a research agenda?
What are the benefits of raising our research profile?
What do we need to do next?



1.Boaz A, Hanney S, Jones T, Soper B. Does the engagement of clinicians and organisations in research improve healthcare performance: a three-stage review. BMJ open. 2015;5(12):e009415.


Host: Jane Horne will be hosting the chat from the @RCOT_NP account (RCOT Specialist Section for Neurological Practice).

OTalk Account: @preston_jenny

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