#OTalk Tuesday 3rd August 2021 8 – 9pm (British Summer Time) Harnessing the occupational therapy evidence based for the benefit of European citizens

This month’s #OTalk research chat will be hosted by Board members from the Research into Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science (ROTOS) Foundation: Professor Alison Laver-Fawcett @alsionlaverfaw, is Chair of ROTOS and an educator and researcher at York St John University, York, UK @YSJOT; and Sasa Radic, @Sasa_Radic, is Communications Lead for ROTOS, a Croatian occupational therapist and president of the Croatian Association of Occupational Therapists. Sasa will be tweeting from the @_ROTOS_ twitter account. 

The Research into Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science (ROTOS) Foundation https://www.rotosfoundation.eu/ @_ROTOS_ was founded on 11th March 2020, after being developed through an Occupational Therapy Europe standing committee (from 2017). ROTOS now forms one branch of Occupational Therapy Europe Foundation (https://www.oteurope.eu/) along with the Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries (COTEC) and the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE). The ROTOS Foundation is a registered charity in the Netherlands. The ROTOS Board currently comprises six members.  

ROTOS’s Vision is to improve European citizens’ lives through occupation centred research and science, by having one strong voice for occupational therapy and occupational science research. We aim that knowledge from Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science research will be appropriately used to inform and shape European policy and practice, through the establishment of a strong European profile of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science researchers, that both strengthens occupation-centred knowledge generation and supports access to this knowledge for the benefit for all Europeans. To achieve this a strategic three-year action plan has been developed. 

  • Strategic aim 1: Establish occupation as powerful knowledge domain 

To use current research and evidence, and supporting development of further research, by bringing together established researchers and encouraging a strong voice regarding Occupational Therapy research at all levels. 

  • Strategic aim 2: Use occupational therapy and occupational science research outcomes for advocacy and to influence policy development.
    To develop research leaders confident in promoting the outcomes of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Science and interdisciplinary occupation-centred research as beneficial to the lives and occupational wellbeing of individuals and communities. 

  • Strategic aim 3: To build strong collaborations to achieve the ROTOS Foundation’s vision. 

To achieve a sustainable ROTOS Foundation and create a strong research community linking researchers to practitioners, educators and other researchers, through facilitating working across boundaries in the European context.

There are several ways colleagues can get involved with ROTOS:

  • Join the ROTOS network
  • Contribute to a ROTOS webinar
  • Support writing documents (evidence base summary, call to maximising the impact of occupational therapy and occupational science research, translating research knowledge into practice). 
  • Mentor occupational therapy and occupational science researchers in Europe
  • Help identify priorities for occupational therapy and occupational science research and pedagogical research in Europe
  • Contribute to leadership for occupational therapy and occupational science research
  • Engage in fundraising activities to support ROTOS projects and actions

We look forward to exploring this vision and aim with others in the OTalk chat, hearing people’s thoughts, ideas and examples of occupational therapy research and occupational science research has influenced policy development, informed guidelines, and led to service development and improvement. In this #OTalk we will seek your ideas and contributions for achieving ROTOS’ vision and aims, and discuss how occupational therapy researchers and occupational science researchers can get involved with ROTOS activities.  

Some Questions to reflect on:

  1. How can we increase the accessibility of the occupational therapy and occupational science evidence base for people with disabilities & health conditions, policy makers, service commissioners & the wider population?
  2. How can we most effectively use occupational therapy and occupational science research to influence policy development?
  3. What are the key components of an effective evidence base summary document?
  1. A few research priority exercises have been done recently, e.g. @thewfot https://wfot.org/resources/wfot-research-priorities & @theRCOT https://www.rcot.co.uk/top-10, do you think there are different OT & OS research priorities across Europe?
  2. What do you think are the key occupational therapy and occupational science research priorities?
  1. What skills, knowledge and attributes make effective occupational therapy and occupational science research leaders? How are these developed?
  2. Have you received or offered mentorship related to occupational therapy and occupational science research? How was this organised? Was it useful?
  3. What should a @_ROTOS_ European occupational therapy & occupational science research mentorship programme provide?
  4. @_ROTOS_ has already delivered a webinar and plans future ones, what would you like to see ROTOS provide webinars about?
  5. @_ROTOS_ is a charity and must raise its own funds, what ideas do you have for effective fundraising activities?

You can contact ROTOS Board members using the form at:

https://www.rotosfoundation.eu/contact-us/ or email Alison at: alison.laver-fawcett@rotos.eu

Post Chat

Don’t forget to use one of our Reflective logs to record what you have learnt. https://otalk.co.uk/reflection-logs/

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