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
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 currently working within Hand Therapy. 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.
Ruth Hawley @Ruth_Hawley has been an Occupational Therapy Lecturer since 2016. Her areas of particular interest are mental health, technology use, student education, placements and the homeless. Favourite occupations include running, walking and taking photos when outdoors enjoying nature’s beauty.
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.
The OTalk team has evolved and changed over the last ten years as the chat and community has developed.
We are incredibly thankful for the input and commitment of a range of Occupational Therapists who have helped shape and inspire innovation. These former team members can be found here.