#OTalk 25th January 2022 – Improving our data literacy skills

This week Suzy England @RCOT_Suzy from The Royal College of Occupational Therapy is hosting a chat on Digital Literacy and here is what she had to say……

Occupational Therapists practise in an age of ‘information abundance’, and over recent years a growing number of different tools and communication channels have been adopted in practice to record, use, and share information or data. It is not uncommon for occupational therapists to report that “information sits in different places and in different formats” all of which contributes to problems with working efficiently as well as difficulties in sharing information and capturing impact. 

In December 2021, RCOT published The RCOT Data and Innovation Strategy (2021-2023) with a vision that:

 Every occupational therapist is confident in engaging in a range of activities that use, collect and share data for the purposes of improving health outcomes at the individual, service and population level.

Data intelligence or data literacy is about making sense of different forms of data, so that we can gain meaningful insights and make better decisions in the future. 

Little is known about how confident occupational therapists feel working with data at different points in their career and in different roles and contexts. For this reason, this #OTalk chat is one of 6 engagement activities that seeks to better understand the quick wins and larger projects that members identify as being relevant to advances in the professions data literacy skills. 

Questions to consider:

What CPD or workplace activities have you engaged in which has improved your data literacy? 

What area of data literacy do you most feel you could benefit from learning more about? 

Do you think there are benefits to using a smaller subset of uniformed terminology and outcome measures to better evidence our impact? 

What activities or projects do you think RCOT should lead on or facilitate to increase the data literacy skills across the profession? 


Host:  Suzy England @RCOT_Suzy from The Royal College of Occupational Therapy

Support on OTalk Account: @kirstie_OT (her last)

Evidence your CPD. If you joined in this chat you can download the below transcript as evidence for your CPD, but remember the HCPC are interested in what you have learnt.  So why not complete one of our reflection logs to evidence your learning?

HCPC Standards for CPD.

  • Maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities.
  • Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice.
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery.
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user.
  • Upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the Standards for CPD.

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