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

Rachel Booth-Gardiner (@OT_rach)  is an Occupational Therapist, Blogger, Feminist and Disability Activist, who loves a good pattern. She has worked within Acute, Rehabilitation & Forensic mental health settings. Rachel is currently taking some time away from work to recovery from the effects of Covid 19 and a long hospital stay. Her special areas of interest includes; The lived experience of the disabled OT, Social Media as a CPD tool, 21st centuries occupations, and occupations that are unique to women.

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) qualified as an occupational therapist in Ireland before relocating to London where she now works with neurodivergent students in a secondary school. Carolina has a particular interest in supporting young people to understand their own sensory and executive functioning differences and to develop a positive self-image, and is also very passionate about social justice and mental health more broadly. Outside of work, Carolina has a varied range of occupations including crochet, tabletop roleplaying games, and playing the mandolin.

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 passionate about the professional development of members of our profession. Having spent many years as a lecturer, mainly supporting therapists studying at master’s level, Nikki is now the Professional Development Manager for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Her research interests focus on the engagement of healthcare practitioners in the research process and how occupational therapists can attain, maintain and develop their confidence and capability to use research to inform their practice.



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.


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