#OTalk – Tuesday 15th February 2022 -‘Pride’: what LGBTQIA+ progress within occupational therapy can we celebrate? 

This week @LGBTQIAOTUK will be hosting the chat. Here’s what they had to say –

It’s LGBT History Month in the UK and so we wish to look at our recent LGBTQIA+ occupational therapy history. We thank #OTalk for providing a platform for us to be visible and be heard.

On 27th October 2020 Kirsty, Hannah and Hunter hosted the third #OTalk in the series on improving diversity in the occupational therapy profession: ‘Improving LGBTQIA+ and Gender Representation in OT’. Here is a link to the original blog: 

What has changed in the past 15 months? We invite people to repeat the challenge:

We have a challenge for you before the chat. Pop the word ‘transgender’ and the acronym ‘LGBT’ into any of the occupational therapy professional bodies’ web pages (also think beyond the usual suspects) and the physiotherapy ones e.g. CSP. 

Questions for the #OTalk

  1. What did you find from the pre-chat challenge? What is your reaction to this (and did you carry out the task last time)?
  2. How do you feel you provide colleagues and clients with safe spaces to live authentically? Are there any commitments to LGBTQIA+ needs within your workplace setting?
  3. What actions have you taken to improve the lives and experiences of LGBTQIA+ populations? 
  4. What actions will you take forwards to make your workplace more inclusive with respect to gender and sexuality? 



Support on OTalk Account: @PaulWilkinson94

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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