About the Team

There are several people behind this group blog, here is a short introduction to them.

The #OTalk Team#OTalk Team

Helen (@Helen_OTUK) is director of Helen OTUK Occupational Therapy & Professional Development. Enjoys chatting about all aspects of Occupational Therapy and explorer social media for professional development experiences. Animal lover. #OTGeek.

Kirsty (@kirstyes) is an Multiple Sclerosis Specialist Occupational Therapist and previous OT lecturer. Special interest in MS, continuing professional development and reflective practice, social media, online and technology enhanced learning, and narrative. Passionate writer and reader and #OTGeek.

Gillian (@GillyGorry) is a specialist neuro Occupational Therapist who is currently working as a case manager for individuals with acquired brain and spinal injuries.  Special interests include comics and art for creative reflection and therapeutic intervention. And  the use of social media to develop online peer support networks, communities of practice and the development leadership skills and for CPD.

Clarissa  (@GeekyOT ) works in an eating disorders service as an occupational therapist. She blogs about her experience of the transition from student to clinician.

Rachel (@OT_rach) is a clinical lead occupational therapist covering acute and rehabilitations services within a large mental health trust in the north-east of England. She qualified from Teeside University in 2006, an is actively involved with the BAOT Northern and Yorkshire regional committee. Rachel’s special interests include, creativity as a therapeutic intervention, psychiatric intensive care units (PICU’s), the use of social media as a continuing professional development tool and the lived experience of occupational therapists with, disabilities.

Kelly (@OTontheTracks) is a newly qualified Occupational Therapist having recently graduated with a MSc in OT from the University of Cumbria. Kelly originally joined the #OTalk team as Student Digital Leader Intern and enjoyed it so much she joined the team permanently towards the end of her internship. Special interests include social media use as a platform for continuing professional development as well as within student development and learning. She also has an interest in OT within Oncology and Palliative Care services.

Kirstie (@KLO2_KAY)  is the current #OTalk Student Digital Leader. She is a Coventry University Occupational Therapy student and an Occupational Therapy practitioner currently working in Dementia. Kirstie’s areas of interest include the therapeutic use of Lego, Assistance animals and of course the use of social media for role promotion and shared learning experiences.

The #OTalk Research Team

Lynne (@lynnegoodacre) I have worked in the NHS, voluntary sector and academia and am now working in independent practice. My PhD, and subsequent research, focused on the management of rheumatic conditions and over the years I have supported many health professionals at different stages of their research career. I have chaired the COT Research and Development Board and BJOT Editorial board and been a member of Council. I am passionate about supporting research capability within our profession and write about research.

Emma (@hooper_ek ) I have a specialist interest in dementia and caught the ‘research bug’ whilst doing an MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy. I work in Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and am currently involved in research delivery within a national dementia randomized controlled trial. It is a privilege and a joy to be involved in this research study. I am endeavouring to bridge the gap between research practice and clinical practice through fostering a culture of research engagement within clinical services, and am co-chair of our Trust’s AHP Research Interest Group.

Jenny ( @preston_jenny ) I am a Consultant Occupational Therapist with a PhD, which means that I have a wonderful role that allows me to combine clinical practice with research.  My research interests focus predominantly on long term neurological conditions. I have published some papers in relation to multiple sclerosis and have just recently published my first book.  I have been involved for many years in developing a clinical research model within my NHS specialty of neurological rehabilitation and now have the lead role in taking this forward.  I’m also the AHP R&D lead within my organization.  I chair the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Neurological Practice and have been a member of COT Research and Development Board.

Nikki (@NikkiDanielsOT ) As the programme lead for the MSc in Advanced OT at the University of Derby, I have had the opportunity over the past 11 years to support a number of students with their academic research and development of evidence based practice skills.  Prior to working at the university I was a full time research therapist for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency which ignited my enthusiasm for research.  I am very passionate about research utilisation and evidence based practice and my active interest in the engagement of practitioners in the research process has inspired the topic of my PhD which I am due to begin as a full time student in October 2016.

OTalk team post chats - #exhausted

OTalk team post chats – #exhausted

The Founding Team

With thanks to Claire Jones, Chris Genter and Shaan Ellor

 Page last updated 15th June 2016

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