Firstly, the #OTalk research team wish to congratulate all the newly graduated occupational therapists (NQOT) out there! I imagine the last thing on your mind right now is research,especially after many late nights and the stresses of completing dissertation projects or similar! However, with many NQOTs starting work and beginning their new adventure in clinical practice we want to explore how research and evidence-basedpractice (EBP) skills learnt and developed in university can begin to be applied. Research engagement is a core component of clinical practice and a HCPC requirement. Therefore, it isnever too early to think about how we can implement these skills!
For this week’s chat we invite everyone to join and share their advice and tips for NQOT’s on how they can engage in research and EBP within their new posts and welcome them to the #OTalk research community. We would also love to hear from some newly graduated occupational therapists on their plans for research engagement, and allow space for reflections using the following questions:
1- Do you think it’s important to consider research as a core component of the role of a NQOT?
2- Do you think the skills that you have learnt at university regarding research and EBP will enable you to engage in research opportunities within clinical practice?
3- What areas of development would you benefit from and how could you develop these skills?
4- What types of research or EBP opportunities could a NQOT engage in?
5- How can we all support NQOT’s to engage to research and EBP?
6- What tips and advice would you offer to a NQOT who is unsure of how to engage in research and EBP?
Support on OTalk Account: Jenny @Preston_jenny
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.