#OTalk 11/10/16 – Strategic Professional Development.

This week Stephanie Lancaster @TheOutloudOT will be hosting a blog on strategic professional development. She has already written a blog post on the topic here.


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#OTalk 13/9/16 – Media Club: The high price of criminalizing mental illness: Wendy Lindley at TEDxOrangeCoast

This #OTalk will be hosted by @BillWongOT

Mental health is an area we have core knowledge at as OT practitioners. We at least sometimes work with patients with mental health diagnoses across the lifespan- from kids to criminals. And for those of you who work in forensics/mental health settings, I am pretty sure this TEDx Talk will hit pretty close to home to you. Although I don’t claim to be a mental health expert, I think it is an awesome TEDx talk to do a media club on because we might see criminals with mental illness across different stages of life. From pediatrics point of view, it can be prevention in form of education of making appropriate life choices. From forensics mental health point of view, it can be relapse prevention of preventing them to commit crimes again. From geriatrics point of view (my current setting), it can be rehabilitation to maximize their quality of life.

When I heard this TEDx talk for the first time, the first thing I remembered was the few ex- sex offenders I worked with during my mental health placements in a sub-acute mental health unit. For these patients, even if they are discharged from the facility, they most likely will return to jail serving the remainder of their sentences. When I thought about that outcome, part of me felt that these people should serve their time (just like kids in school serving their detentions in school), but part of me felt that the ones with good potential to return to the community should be given the opportunity to transition to a lower level of care in terms of living situation goes (board and care, or supported housing, for example) like other discharged patients but with no criminal history. That said, like the old adage in OT- “no two cases are alike”. What is best for these criminals with mental illnesses in the justice system is really dependent on things such as the individual’s mental well-being, safety risk to self and others in community, and potential for recovery.

The link for the TEDx Talk is here- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WxvUFzrMDc

Here are my discussion questions for the chat:

  1. Do you have any experiences working with ex-criminals in any setting? If so, please describe your experiences.
  2. If you have experiences working in mental health settings, what are some types of groups/individual sessions you run?
  3. What is your opinion of how criminals with mental illnesses should be treated in the justice system?
  4. Your comments or feedback on this TEDx Talk?

This chat has the potential to be a bit controversial and with the potential for differences of opinion. As always please remember codes of conduct in respect to confidentiality and professional behaviour and treat each other with respect – thanks – Kirsty.



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Becoming a Locum/Agency Occupational Therapist – #OTalk 6/9/16

This #OTalk sees Chris Smith – @Alliedhealthwfs – from Allied Health Workforce Solutions on hand to talk about the benefits and challenges of becoming a locum, especially if you are fairly newly qualified.

Here are some discussion points to help guide the chat.

  • Why people have/would consider becoming a locum?
  • How to present your CV
  • Benefits of becoming a locum or permanent applicant via an agency
  • Agency compliance processes
  • How to stand out in an interview
  • NHSI and what it means for agency staff
  • And AHWS unique new Graduate Scheme for the NHS and private sectors

[People place their undivided trust in healthcare professionals. Allied Health Workforce Solutions place the right healthcare professionals in the right place, at the right time.

Allied Healthcare Workforce Solutions is one of UK’s leading medical recruitment company with a head office based in London.
Our mission is to provide our Candidates and Clients with an excellent recruitment service based on mutual trust and the highest professional standards.
Due to our reputation of exceptional customer service most of our business is done on the basis of referrals from both Candidates and Clients.
This involves working with a wide range of professionals and assisting recruitment within all aspects within Occupational Therapy and other healthcare specialities

Just graduated from Uni and now looking for the next big step in your new career or are you an experienced OT that is looking for the next career step? We are here to help.

 We work with the NHS and private sectors in finding locum and permanent OTs . We are here to help guide you through the recruitment process in terms of CV building, the steps leading up to your new job and types of roles available.

 Get in touch today for free advice; we will be glad to help.]

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#OTalk 16th Aug 2016 – OT Show 2016 – Chat 1

“Much of the CPD provided by The Occupational Therapy Show has previously been clinically focussed so that delegates can take what they have learnt back to practice to provide a more enhanced service to their clients.


For 2016, while there will still be plenty of clinical focused seminars, there will also be seminars looking at research within Occupational Therapy. The College of Occupational Therapy states that “It is clear that occupational therapy research will take place within a number of overarching contexts, and prime consideration must be given to the following aspects when developing research questions:


Gaps in the existing knowledge base can only be identified for research from a thorough literature search and systematic review of existing evidence

Government priority areas are the main drivers for much supported research activity

Occupational therapists should focus individual research endeavours within larger programmes of research, maintaining awareness that funders prefer multi-professional research”.


With seminars hosted by Avril Drummond, Dr Claire Ballinger, Suzanne Martin, Dr Jo Fletcher-Smith and Lynn Legg, they will provide you with all the information you need to get into research, being able to translate research effectively, what research has done for Occupational Therapy and much more.


Questions to be discussed tonight , and explored in more depth at the show are:

Why should clinical OTs be interested in research?

How would you start doing your own research?

Do you find it difficult to understand current research papers?

How could you get involved in research without losing clinical skills?

What has research done for OT?


Make sure to attend The Occupational Therapy Show on 23rd and 24th November 2016 to find out more.”


Tonight’s hosts are:

@AvrilDrummond1 and @TheOTShow


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#OTalk 12th July 2016 – Our #OTMoments

My sister, also an OT, but not a Twitter faring one,came up with this topic. I thought it would be fun for us to share our OT journeys through recollection of some key #OTMoments, it might also be helpful for those looking to study the profession, and those newly graduating, and well, all of us as a little reflection.

Here are some of the questions that we will use to guide the chat tonight. Please do remember to follow guidelines re confidentiality.

  • When you were little what did you want to be ‘when you grew up’? (I wonder how many of us can say OT?)
  • When do you first remember hearing about OT?
  • When did you decide to study OT?
  • What was your route onto your OT course?
  • What university/college etc. did you attend?
  • What was your favourite part of studying to be an OT?
  • When was the moment when you knew OT was right for you?
  • When did you feel confident to call yourself an Occupational Therapist?
  • Have there been any occasions that have made you question being an OT?
  • When have you truly understood the power of occupation? In your own or others lives?
  • What are some other key #OTMoments in your career so far?
  • What #OTMoments are you working towards now?

Hope to see you tonight. @kirstyes

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#OTalk 5th July 2016 – Demystifying Expert Witness Work

This #OTalk will focus on the skills needed to become an expert witness.

Simon Dickinson Expert Recruitment  Manager from Jacqueline Webb will be on twitter using @jwebbexperts to host the chat.

The pre-blog reading is a copy of his recent article from The OT Magazine ‘What experience do I need
to be an Expert Witness?’

You can download/view a copy of the PDF here.

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#OTalk 31st May 2016 – Hearing Loss Awareness for Occupational Therapists – How can wecommunicate better?

11 million people in the UK have some form of hearing loss meaning

Occupational Therapists need to consider hearing communication needs

for 1 in 6 people they work with. This affects professionals working

in all settings as hearing loss is affecting increasingly younger

adults due to rising environmental noise and earphone use.

Research has suggested even mild hearing loss doubles the risk of

developing dementia, depression and anxiety. Hearing loss has also

been linked with heart disease, diabetes and falls. Yet an estimated 9

million people are currently in a period of transition, lasting on

average ten years, between first experiencing hearing loss and seeking

professional help.

The impact of acquired hearing loss during this transition period can

lead to social withdrawal, activity avoidance and reduced

participation. This can affect employment, engagement in meaningful

activities and access to health and social care services.

As Occupational Therapists we have a professional responsibility to

ensure our service users’ are properly informed and communication is

client-centred and meets individual needs. However there is currently

a limited evidence base for how best to meet the needs of those with

hearing loss and awareness of hearing loss amongst health

professionals remains low.

We feel Occupational Therapists have the skill set to address the

impact of hearing loss on daily life. An OTalk will be held on 31st

May to start the discussion on what Occupational Therapy can offer

people with hearing loss across all settings. We are hosting this OTalk

to raise awareness of hearing loss in the community but also to hear

your feedback, experiences and suggestions relating to this important


Susan Windeatt & Helen Duncan

@mooartdotcom / @EarChoice / @H1H2H0


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