Saying Goodbye & Leaving the #OTalk team

Hello, this is a quick post to let you all know that I am leaving the OTALK team. I enjoyed being part of the founding team and contributing to the cultivation of this fabulous community of occupational therapists and watch it become the vibrant and active community it has. I still remember the days when there would just be 2 or 3 of us chatting online and remember the people who said “it’ll never work” and how wonderful it was to see it indeed “work” and work very well. I will always be amazed at the opportunities that signing up to twitter and having a “chat” created for me and others – The brilliant friendships that came from it will last a life time and it has contributed to my clinical practice significantly.

Having said that, over the past few years I have needed to adjust my life and make changes to my commitments. I have had more of a back room role for some time now, however there are other projects I want and need to focus my time on. I live with Chronic Pain and self care is an important part of managing this well and so I have decided to leave the team and pursue other things. I hope to engage more as a participant and continue to be part of the learning. The current team are the most fantastic group of women you can imagine and we will remain great friends.

I will continue tweeting as @GillyGorry, and will be launching a new website and commence blogging again, likely sharing my crafting or health and wellbeing stories.

OTalk belongs to the community and is in good hands with the OTalk team and I know it will continue to flourish.



Work Life Balance

Gillian Gorry


#OTalk Research: Managing your research during a pandemic. Hosted by Dr Eddie Duncan

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global life-changing event effecting all parts of society.  Research, as with all aspects of life, has been directly affected.  

My own research activities have been impacted. I am now working from home in a busy family household (with all the challenges that brings), studies that I lead and collaborate in have been paused indefinitely, new major grants awarded since lockdown are unable to start. 

However there are also opportunities. I have become actively involved in a number of funded COVID related studies, new opportunities of digital collaboration and remote working are becoming apparent, new collaborations are forming and the requirement for taking an interdisciplinary approach to research has never been more apparent!

This week’s #OTALK provides an opportunity for us to look at the challenges and opportunities that the global COVID-19 pandemic has had for occupational therapists involved in research.  I am looking forward to joining you all for a great discussion!

Questions to discuss:1. What has changed in your research activities as a result of COVID-19?

2. What challenges have you faced as a result of COVID-19 and how (if you possible) have you overcome them?

3. What areas should occupational therapists be leading or collaborating in as a consequence of COVID-19?

4. What can we learn from this time so that our future research, and research activities, becomes smarter, more focused, and more impactful?

Post Chat Updates:

Online transcript from HealthCare#

PDF of transcript:


Occupation During Isolation

As a team of occupational therapists, we are aware that CoronaVirus will significantly impact on daily life, and we would like to hear your ideas for engaging in occupations, whilst socially distancing and self isolation.


The Government advice is regularly being updating and you can keep up to date on their website. Link above

We would like this to remain responsible and kind, please tweet your ideas for safeguarding health and well-being through occupation, and tag us @otalk_ #OTalk #occupationInIsolation #occupationalTherapy

Let’s come to together as a community.


Today For #FebYOUary I……………………..? #OTalk #OccupationalTherapy

Yesterday  was my day off. I’ve had an extremely busy few weeks and for the first day in 2020 I was taking a break . ‘Well earned’, I thought when I sat down with a coffee watching Loraine on ITV, and there she was chatting to Katie Piper about the #FebYouary challenge. I hadn’t heard of this before but I liked the idea of a month to highlight self care. I’m always telling people “you can’t give from an empty cup” but in reality I think my cups overdrawn and I need to set up a repayment plan! I’m a “ spoonie” which basically means I have a chronic health issue and I need to balance my life carefully to ensure I have enough energy to do what needs doing, and prevent running on empty. I am also an occupational therapist who doesn’t always practice what she preaches, although I do try.

listening to Katie and Lorraine chat about finding time for you, and their participants sharing how they plan to engage with this, made me think about occupational therapy and how what we do influences our health and well-being. I hear lots of stories about health professionals neglecting their own health and well-being, stressed, overworked, feeling responsible, feeling like you have to be indestructible and hold it together for everyone else – this made me wonder what everyone else Is doing to manage their self care? I’m going to take the opportunity to engage in the #FebYouary challenge to re focus on some of my own needs and life balance. I shall tweet about this from my twitter account @GillyGorry and I would like to see other occupational therapists join in.

if you would like to join the challenge please use the hashtags #febYouary #Otalk #occupationaltherapy I will gather up the tweets at the end of the month and add to the blog.




CPD, EBP & Research, OTalk

#OTalk Research is back for its first chat of 2019. Our first talk is on an important step of any research, the pilot study. #Otalk Research Tuesday 5 th February, 2019

A pilot study is a small study conducted in advance of a planned project, specifically to
test aspects of the research design and to allow necessary adjustment before final
commitment to the research design. A study should not be simply labelled a ‘pilot study’
by researchers hoping to justify a small sample size. Regardless of the research design,
quantitative or qualitative, the pilot study is an important part of the research design
process which should inform researchers about the best way to conduct the future, full
scale project.
Join Jenny and Nikki from the #Otalk team in next week’s chat if you have experience of
using pilot studies, in the process of designing a pilot study or would like to learn more to
help you evaluate studies. We will be discussing;

1. What the term ‘pilot study’ means to you and what you think are the main reasons to
conduct a pilot study.
2. Your experiences of conducting, observing or taking part in a pilot study
3. Benefits observed from pilot studies
4. Challenges in relation to pilot studies
5. When you know if you have done enough piloting to execute a larger scale study

Post Chat

Host: @NikkiDanielsOT and @preston_jenny

Support on Otalk: @NikkiDanielsOT and @preston_jenny

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript February 5th 2019

The Numbers

790.477K Impressions
218 Tweets
30 Participants
105 Avg Tweets/Hour
Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants