About the Team

The #OTalk Team

Helen Rushton (@Helen_OTUK) is director of Helen OTUK Occupational Therapy & Professional Development. She enjoys chatting about all aspects of occupational therapy and the use of social media for professional development. She is also an animal lover and #OTGeek

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

Clarissa Sorlie   (@GeekyOT ) is an occupational therapist currently working in forensic mental health. She has also worked in eating disorders and acute mental health, and she documented her journey from student to clinician on her blog . Clarissa’s interests include the dark side of occupation and occupational case formulation, but her OTgeekiness knows no bounds.

Rachel Booth (@OT_rach) Graduated from Teeside University in 2005 and is currently working as a lead occupational therapist working in secure services for a large mental health NHS trust in the north-east of England.  Rachel’s special interests include, intersexual feminism, creativity therapeutic intervention’s,  21st centuries occupations, psychiatric intensive care units (PICU’s), the impact of a woman’s menstrual cycle, functioning and the lived experience of occupational therapists with disabilities.

Kelly Murray  (@OTontheTracks) is an occupational therapist who graduated with a MSc in Occupational Therapy from the University of Cumbria in 2016. Kelly’s professional interests include social media use as a platform for continuing professional development as well as within student development and learning. She also has a keen interest in the role of occupational therapy in integration and inclusion of marginalised and transitioning communities.

Kirstie Hughes (@Kirstie_OT)  is an occupational therapist working in diverse practice specialising in the role of OT within the assistance dog sector.  Kirstie’s professional interests include animals within and for therapy as well as the professional use of social media and technology for CPD.  Outside of practice Kirstie can often be found surrounded by animals, eating or building Lego and catching Pokemon.

Carolina Cordero (@colourful_OT)  Graduated  with a MSc from the University of Limerick in 2019. She now works in forensic mental health.   Caroline is excited about about every area of OT practice but has a particular interest in paediatrics, having worked with children for several years. Carolina is also very interested in intellectual/developmental disability and mental health, and is passionate about promoting self-advocacy and the importance of listening to people with lived experience. In her free time her occupations include crochet, cooking and reading, especially non-fiction.

The #OTalk Research Team 

Dr Jenny Preston  (@preston_jenny ) is a Consultant Occupational Therapist, a role that allows her to combine clinical practice with research. Jenny’s research interests focus predominantly on long term neurological conditions, she has published papers in relation to multiple sclerosis and has recently published her first book. Jenny leads the R&D programme within the Neurological Rehabilitation Service. Jenny is a former Chair of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Neurological Practice and was previously a member of RCOT Research and  Development Board. Jenny was a member of the Steering Group for the recent James Lind Alliance Research Priority Partnership with the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Dr Nikki Daniels (@NikkiDanielsOT ) is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby, teaching on postgraduate modules within the MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy. Nikki is also carrying out a study at Ulster University, funded by a RCOT Researcher Development Grant, to explore the CPD culture which supports occupational therapists to attain, maintain and/or develop their confidence and capability to use research to inform their practice. Her PhD focussed on the engagement of healthcare practitioners in the research process by academic researchers.

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The Founding Team

With thanks to Claire Jones, Chris Genter and Shaan Ellor. Also Kirsty Stanley who continues to sponsor this blog.

The Original #OTalk Research Team

2016 The #OTalk Research focussed chats launched, the first Tuesday of the month continues to be an #OTalk Research focussed chat.

Many thank from the whole #OTalk community for the below Occupational Therapists for getting the research focussed chat off to a great start. which have become a staple in many peoples CPD activities. 

Thank you for your ongoing support ladies. Save

@LynneGoodacre @preston_jenny @NikkiDanielsOT @hooper_ek

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