#OTalk Research 4th July 2017

This month OTalk Research chat comes to you from Michelle Perryman, @symbolic_life and the North West Doctoral Network. Supported by Emma Hooper, @hooper_ek from the #OTalk Research Team.

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At no point would we of the North West Doctoral Network, say that we are novelist in the making. But! What we do have are stories to tell, and these stories are how we are following the yellow brick road on the doctoral research path, climbing the mountain and collecting the tools along the way. I might suggest a PhD is not a novel, but, it does make you wonder, why do people do a PhD. What is it about contributing to the knowledge base of the profession in which people work, and how has this been rewarding and challenging?

In respect to our academic minds, creative thinking and new expression, I could provide many references to theoretical perspectives upon, what we should and shouldn’t do and how we should or shouldn’t do it. However, these are just a few person’s view.

So, the aim of this OTalk Research is to open up this conversation to Occupational Therapy professionals and wider, to understand the process of engaging in doctoral studies. The OTalk Research will allow for people who are considering doing, are doing and have done a doctoral research, to come together and share their experiences. How did you get by?  How did you, or do you stop yourself from throwing your computer out of the window, or accidentally dropping it in the bath? If you are thinking of embarking upon doctoral studies what would you like to know?

So, here are a few reflective questions to ponder;

  • What drives/drove you to consider or do a Doctoral Research?
  • What support mechanisms have you used throughout the journey? How and why are these important?
  • What is the highlight of your doctoral research so far?
  • How did you or do you maintain your motivation throughout your time studying?
  • Do you have any tips to get started in finding your voice?

Many thanks for your time and wisdom, we are looking forward to creating a relaxed academic environment to have a cup of tea and a chat! Hey, you could even turn up in your pyjamas I know I intend to…

Have a wonderful start to the summer,

Michelle Perryman and the North West Occupational Therapy Doctoral Network

The following has been added by @Helen_OTUK (#OTalk Team member & Chair of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists North West Regional committee) following the launch of The Constance Owens Trust, 70th Anniversary Awards at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists North West Regional Shout about Practice event on 24th May 2017 by Helena Culshaw, Chair of the trustees.

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Royal College of Occupational Therapists members can find a more detailed background to the Constance Owens Trust awards in OTNews June 2017 p54.

Post chat

online transcript

The Numbers

1.304M Impressions
806 Tweets
63 Participants
645 Avg Tweets/Hour
13 Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants


#OTalk 27 June 2017 – To blog or not to blog that is the question.

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Whilst still on a high from being part of the Blog Squad for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists annual conference #COT2017. I am pondering on the idea of returning to blogging as a regular occupation.

During my initial ponderings I also thought that the recent blogs from #COT2017 may have inspired other to return to or take up blogging. Therefore I would like to utilise this opportunity discuss this with the #OTalk community.

Some questions and thoughts I have had:

Have people found the recent Blog Squad posts from #COT2017 conference informative and useful? (many tweets indicate they have). If so why? If not why?

Do you regularly follow individual bloggers?

What type of blogs do you follow? Occupational Therapy specific? Wider related topics? Creative activities? Other…..

Are you currently blogging? Please share why you blog. Tip tips for blogging.

Have you previously engaged in blogging? Why did you stop?

Have you been inspired by the Blog Squad to return to or start blogging?

I also think it would be a great opportunity for #OTalk community to share which blogs they follow, or for new bloggers to let us all know about their blogs. Therefore I will ask for your recommendations and give new bloggers the opportunity to share links with information about their blogs at the end of the chat.

I look forward to chatting and sharing all things blog!

Helen (Helen_OTUK)

Post Chat

Online Transcript

The Numbers

1.080M Impressions
378 Tweets
44 Participants
302 Avg Tweets/Hour
Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants


#COT2017 Doing beading and becoming: exploring beadmaking as therapeutic media. Session 44

Thank you to everyone who attended this occupation station session with Dr Susan Burwash (@subu_OT). Special thanks to Clare Taylor (@ClareTaylorBU) for not only ensuring we were all hydrated and fully able to engage in the session, but for tweeting so much of the session so I could just ‘do’.

Session S44
Doing beading and becoming: exploring beadmaking as therapeutic media
Burwash S: Eastern Washington University.

Aim: To discuss and demonstrate how creating a variety of simple, low-cost beads in therapy can contribute to enhanced client self-knowledge, goal identification and to taking hopeful action towards achieving desired outcomes.

Background: The occupation is fabricating beads as a component of jewelry-making. Jewelry-making has been used by occupational therapists since the early days of the profession (Kidder, 1922). However, as contemporary therapists are not often exposed to jewelry-making in their education, and as fewer occupational therapy departments have jewelry-making tools/materials because of cost/space requirements, use of this occupation in therapy may not be as common as it could be. Jewelry-making remains a popular leisure activity, may be associated with cultural practices, and can also be a source of income. An occupation that can be done individually or within a group setting, it can be used to explore self and communicate complex ideas visually. While some beadmaking processes require great skill and specialised tools, there are many beads that can be created using simple techniques and inexpensive materials. This Occupation Station will demonstrate a variety of beads, allow attendees to create one of the beads
demonstrated, and discuss therapeutic purposes to which making beads and jewelry could contribute.

For further information and insights into Dr Burwash’s work I highly recommend you take a look at the following article:

Fortuna, Jennifer (2017) “The Reciprocal Relationship Between Art and Occupational Therapy Practice,” The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, Article 14.
Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1366 [Accessed 16 June 2017]

Blog Squad Member @Helen_OTUK

#COT2017 Clicking your way through continuing professional development? Poster 26

My final offering from the #COT2017 Poster Zone…

Poster 26: Clicking your way through continuing professional development? Attitudes to social media use as a platform for continuing professional development (CPD) within occupational therapy.

Murray K: NHS Lothian, Ward K: University of Cumbria

This post and poster has a special place in my heart.  Not least because if focuses on a topic which I am passionate about, but was written and produced by #OTalk’s very first OTalk Student Digital Leader, Kelly Murray AKA @OTontheTracks. So very well done Kelly, I am proud and honoured to work alongside you as a super #OTalk Team member and to be able to call you a friend and all round superstar!

KellyTo download your own copy of this poster visit Kelly’s Blog here.

From the authors:

Introduction: This poster presents a study which explored the use of social media within the continuing professional development of occupational therapy students and practitioners. Perceived barriers and the influence of generation theory on the use of social media were also considered. Increasingly, social media platforms are being embraced by healthcare professionals within financially challenging climates and occupational therapists working within non-traditional settings as a cost effective mode of networking and supporting their CPD (Lawson and Cowling, 2014).

Previous literature is limited and focuses on small-scale qualitative data (Bodell and Hook, 2014) and personal experience of using specific social media platforms (Bodell
et al., 2009; Ezzamel, 2013; BJOT and #OTalk, 2016). More research with a larger sample group was therefore considered appropriate.

Method: A mixed method survey design gathered qualitative and quantitative data through an online questionnaire. Content analysis was used to code and identify themes. Descriptive statistics were used to quantify the findings and consider variations across generations.

Findings: Results highlighted a predominantly positive attitude to social media use within CPD. Accessibility, networking, learning and development were highlighted as advantages to its use. Time and individuals’ skills and knowledge were highlighted as barriers to utilising the platforms. The results suggest that age does not impact on willingness to use social media within CPD but does impact on perceived knowledge and skills to utilise the platforms confidently.

Conclusion: The study highlighted a need for more structured training on professional social media use at both pre and post registration levels.

BJOT. #OTalk. (2016). Social media: Creating communities of research and practice. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79(4), 195–196. Sage Publishing. doi:10.1177/0308022616631551 (accessed 02 January 2017).

Bodell. S. Hook A, Penman M, Wade W. (2009). Creating a learning community in today: how blogging can facilitate continuing professional development and international learning.British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(6), 279–281. Sage Publishing. doi: 10.1177/030802260907200611 (accessed 02 January 2017).

Bodell. S. Hook A. (2014). Developing online professional networks for undergraduate occupational therapy students: an evaluation of an extracurricular facilitated blended learning package. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(6), 320–323. Sage Publishing. Doi: 10.4276/030802214X14018723 138156 (accessed 02 January 2017).

Ezzamel. S. (2013). Blogging in occupational therapy: knowledge sharing, professional development, and ethical dilemmas. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(11), 515–517. Sage Publishing. doi: 10.4276/030802213X13833255804711 (accessed 02 January 2017).

Lawson. C. Cowling C. (2014). Social media: The next frontier for professional development in radiography. Radiography, 21(2), 74–80. Elsevier. Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2014.11.006 (accessed 02 January 2017).

Post by @Helen_OTUK

#COT2017 The changing face of Birmingham City Council’s adult occupational therapy service. Poster 60

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Poster P60
The changing face of Birmingham City Council’s adult occupational therapy service: Innovatively rethinking fundamental designs to occupational therapy delivery to meet customers’ needs, promote well-being and improve overall efficiency

Sabouri A, Vincent C: Birmingham City Council

Contact Email Address: 1stResponseOccupationalTherapy@birmingham.gov.uk, carolyn.

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#COT2017 Bridging the gap between inpatient and community Forensic Learning Disability service’s. Poster 54

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Poster P54
Bridging the gap between inpatient and community within a forensic learning disability service. Smalley L: Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Reference: Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation UK .. 2017 .. What is the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability? (Online). Available at: http://www.vdtmocaf-uk.com/page/what-i s- the-vdt-moca [Accessed 12th June 2017]

Contact Email Address: L.Smalley@NHS.net

Blog shot by @Helen_OTUK

#COT2017 Participation in advanced age: enacting values, an adaptive process Poster P81

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Poster P81: Participation in advanced age: enacting values, an adaptive process
Sugarhood P: London South Bank University

References: Sugarhood, P., Eakin, P., Summerfield-Mann, L. (2016).
Participation in advanced older age: enacting values, an
adaptive process. Ageing and Society, Jun 20. doi: 10.1017/

Contact Email Address: p.sugarhood@lsbu.ac.uk

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