There are several people behind #OTalk and here is a short introduction to them.
Helen (@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.
Kirsty (@kirstyes) is a Multiple Sclerosis specialist occupational therapist and previous OT lecturer. Her special interests include MS, continuing professional development and reflective practice, online and technology enhanced learning and narrative. She is a passionate writer, reader and #OTGeek.
Gillian (@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 (@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 (@OT_rach) is a clinical lead occupational therapist covering acute and rehabilitations services and staff governor for a large mental health trust in the north-east of England. Rachel’s special interests include, creativity as a therapeutic intervention, psychiatric intensive care units (PICU’s) and the lived experience of occupational therapists with disabilities.
Kelly (@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 (@Kirstie_OT) 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 CPD and shared learning experiences.
The #OTalk Research Team
Lynne (@lynnegoodacre) is an occupational therapist working within independent practice having previously worked in the NHS, voluntary sector and academia. She has also chaired the RCOT Research and Development Board and BJOT Editorial board and been a member of Council. Lynne’s PhD, and subsequent research focused on the management of rheumatic conditions and she is passionate about supporting research capability within the profession.
Emma (@hooper_ek ) works in Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and is currently involved in research delivery within a national dementia randomized controlled trial. Emma is also co-chair of our Trust’s AHP Research Interest Group. She is passionate about bridging the gap between research practice and clinical practice by fostering a culture of research engagement within clinical services.
Jenny ( @preston_jenny ) is a Consultant Occupational Therapist, a role that allows her to combine clinical practice with research. Jennys 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 is also the AHP R&D lead within her organization and chair the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Neurological Practice having previously been a member of RCOT Research and Development Board.
Nikki (@NikkiDanielsOT ) is the programme lead for the MSc in Advanced OT at the University of Derby, over the past 11 years she has supported a number of students with their academic research and development of evidence based practice skills. Prior to working at the university she was a full time research therapist for the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency which ignited her enthusiasm for research. She is very passionate about research utilisation and evidence based practice which inspired the topic of her PhD which she begins as a full time student in October 2016.
The Founding Team
With thanks to Claire Jones, Chris Genter and Shaan Ellor