#OTalk 18th August 2020: Occupational Therapy and Ableism

This weeks host is Susan Griffiths @Susangriffiths5, and here is what she has to say about this weeks topic:

Occupational Therapy and Ableism

The COVID-19 pandemic have had and is still continuing to have a significant impact on our lives, but none more so than the disabled population. The government have provided advice and guidelines which seems to apply equally to everyone, but which actually puts disabled people at an unfair disadvantage compared with the non-disabled people.

As a result, millions of disabled people are more isolated and they have found it much harder to access and do the same things that the non-disabled people have been able to do. This is not a new problem as we have always lived in a society that is set up for and run by non-disabled people. What the COVID-19 pandemic have really emphasised is how ableist our society is. 

This has got me thinking about our roles as an OT and whether or not it is based on ableist practice. With this in mind I would like you to invite you to join me in an open and honest discussion where we can reflect on our practice, identify when and where there may be ableism, what does this look like, and what can we do to change this. 

Questions to consider in the chat:

  1. What is your understanding of the term ‘ableism’?
  2. What does ableism look like? 
  3. Reflecting on your role as an OT, the way you practice, and your workplace, are there any ableism that you may now recognise? What are they?
  4. What can we do as OT to identify and change any ableist practice?

#OTalk 30th June 2020: Community Stroke Rehabilitation

This weeks chat is being hosted by the Stroke Forum of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists- specialist section neurological practice. They will guide a discussion on this rehabilitation, joined by national leaders in the field.

Here’s what Louise Clark @louiseclark15 has to say:

Never before has rehabilitation had a higher profile: with stroke rehabilitation featuring as a priority in the NHS long term plan; the  right to rehabilitation movement; and the focus on recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, as we identify those who didn’t present to hospital and those discharged very rapidly.

The majority of services now have established ESD services, based on a wealth of strong research evidence, demonstrating ESD to be one of the most powerful post stroke interventions, as well as releasing significant savings across the system.

However ESD is aimed at those with mild to moderate impairment post stroke, with little evidence regarding rehabilitation outcomes and service models for those with more significant post stroke disability.

As the NHS long term plan is implemented, identified sites around the country will be developing the rehabilitation evidence base for all patients post stroke. Now is the time to better understand our patients needs and wishes, our service structure, unmet need and to dream big for community stroke rehabilitation.

Join us on Tuesday 30th June between 8-9pm to be part of the discussion.

#OTalk 23rd June 2020: TECS – button ‘n’ box and beyond

This weeks host is: Deb Knowles (@Debbieduckie). Here’s what she has to say on this week’s topic:

Technology Enabled Care: beyond button and box

I’m an occupational therapist working in Technology Enabled Care/Assistive Technology, commissioned to a county council to provide a service for reablement and those with long term needs (Care Act,2014). We use traditional telecare equipment with falls detectors, pendants, smoke and CO either as standalone or monitored services through a call centre – service users either provide their own responders or we have a response service. We use a strengths and assessment based, outcomes focussed approach and have access to a contact list of equipment and can source special equipment to meet identified needs.

 

As part of our commitment to prevent, delay, reduce services we consider equipment beyond the original scope of traditional telecare eg: artificial intelligence, activity monitoring and app based technology.

 

Here are some of the questions she’d like to discuss:

 

  1. What is your experience of TECS/AT?

 

  1. How can traditional telecare be used more innovatively?

 

  1. Considering TECS as an upstream intervention, what outcomes would you like to see being met?

 

  1. How do you see new technology eg Alexa supporting prevent, delay and reduce?

 

  1. What technology would you like to see in the future to support meaningful occupation?

 

 

 

#OTalk 19th May 2020 – Yr1: Thriving not Surviving

This week’s #OTalk is explores well-being in the first year of practice. It is being led by Andrew Bates (@AndrewbatesOT) and Deb May (DMay_OT) of the year 1: Thriving not Surviving project team.

The project is funded by the Elizabeth Casson Trust and aims to develop a resource to support well-being in the first year of practice. The team comprises newly qualified OTs working with OT Dr Lynne Goodacre and writer Rob Young.   More information about the project can be found here (https://www.lgpersonaldevelopment.co.uk/year-1/) and details about the team is found here.

We know that the first year of practice can be hard. You suddenly feel as though you don’t know enough about anything. You’re not sure how you will fit into the existing team. The previous band 5 in the rotation was so amazing you may never fill their shoes. You arrive with models of practice and theoretical approaches and find that the team you’ve joined doesn’t fit anything you’ve learned. Suddenly you have your own caseload and you sign your own notes – with nobody checking on you or countersigning them. You have responsibility. Your work life balance may be totally altered. You may have a long commute. You have money burning a hole in your pocket. There are so many things to juggle. It can be frightening. It’s challenging and rewarding and fun and it’s exactly what you’ve worked so hard for but some days it can be utterly overwhelming. On those days, where do you turn?

We would as many newly qualified occupational therapists as possible to join us for tonight’s talk to explore how you are managing your own well-being in your first year of practice and to help us develop the resources which would help future cohorts of newly qualified OT .

The questions we will be exploring include:

  1. What support was available for you as a newly qualified OT?
  2. What made the biggest difference to your well-being during your first year of practice?
  3. What actions did you take to maintain a state of well-being during your first year?
  4. What would have better improved your well-being during your first year?
  5. What piece of advice would you give to new graduates to support their well-being?

 

 

OTalk – 12th May 2020: CPD Opportunities for Students

As the Derby Occupational Therapy Society, we encourage to increase continued professional development for students by either providing the opportunity to organise events, attend our events or support students to attend external events.
We facilitate an educational, charity, revision and social event each month, aiming to capture all needs of the student. This has proved successful in integrating cohorts and giving students the confidence to attend CPD opportunities.
We would love to facilitate discussion around how CPD is viewed and accessed amongst Occupational Therapy Students nationally and internationally! We look forward so speaking with you all (past and present students)!

 

  • What CPD events have you been able to access whilst being a student, has this been internal or external to your curriculum?
  • How easy do you think it is to access CPD as a student alongside your studies?
  • What barriers have you come across in terms of accessing CPD as a student (personally and structurally?
  • What changes have you seen in the ability to access CPD as a student during your studies / since your studies?