#OTalk is a weekly Twitter chat, designed to enable discussion about occupational therapy and the broader academic discipline of occupational science.
The first #OTalk happened on the 25th October 2011 (the week of World OT Day 2011), and it continues to run each Tuesday between 8-9pm UK time. In 2013, we also introduced Journal (Media) Club, to allow a space to review and discuss academic journals and other media within the community. The #OTalk team has continued to develop over time with the role of Student Digital Leader Intern added in 2015.
The current OTalk team are: Helen (@Helen_OTUK), Clarissa (@geekyOT), Kirsty (@Kirstyes), Gillian (@GillyGorry), Kelly (@OTontheTracks), Rachel (@OT_Rach) and Kirstie (@KLO2_KAY) our Student Digital Leader Intern.
In October 2016, we launched OTalk Research. The first OTalk of every month aims to focus on a research theme to support the promotion, use and conduct of research in the day to day practice of OTs. A small sub-group of the OTalk team was formed to lead the OTalk Research slots comprising of: Lynne (@lynnegoodacre), Emma (@hooper_ek), Jenny (@preston_jenny) and Nikki (@NikkiDanielsOT).
The weekly #OTalk chats are suggested and facilitated by guest hosts and supported by the OTalk team. Any member of the community can suggest a topic and volunteer to host a chat, this can be done by submitting an idea through our “Host an #OTalk – Apply here” form on the website.
Although informal, Twitter chats provide excellent continuing professional development opportunities, bringing people together who have diverse perspectives and experiences, without requiring you to travel or pay expensive course fees. Everyone is welcome to participate. We continue embrace opportunities to collaborate with other professional groups on Twitter to host #MDTChats, and are excited about the opportunities these partnerships bring.
The topics are broad-ranging, and are generated by the community. Examples of previous discussions have included:
- the ‘dark side of occupation’,
- Professional Identify in Occupational Therapy,
- Transformational Leadership,
- What is research?
- Transitioning from Student to Clinician
- What does it mean to engage with OT research in practice?
A full list of past chats can be found in the past chats section of the blog.
We are very proud that #OTalk was mentioned in the government’s response to the Francis Report. Our College of Occupational Therapists 2013 conference poster captured some of the reasons why we think social media levels the playing field so effectively. We have also written articles about #OTalk for OT News which you can read here and here. In 2016 we were also part of an editorial in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, which can be found here.
If you want to join in the discussion, but are new to Twitter/Tweetchats, you may find this guide useful. Feel free to contact any of the #OTalk team if you need help with the chats or if you have a chat suggestion. You can find us on social media, including Twitter and Facebook.
Page last updated 12 July 2016