#OTalk Research – Tuesday 5th June: Is working in research a viable option for occupational therapists?

The research #OTalk at 8.00pm on 5th June 2018 is being hosted by ROTTERS Plymouth (with ROTTERS Exeter and ROTTERS Truro) and supported Lynne Goodacre from the #OTalk Research team.

 

The reason for choosing this topic is because, whilst research is a recognised part of the work of an occupational therapist, it is not always clear how you can work as a researcher in occupational therapy. We have invited some occupational therapists, who are working in research, to join in the discussion. We will tweet to let you know who has agreed to participate; we are hoping for a great discussion informed by occupational therapists who have experience of working in research.

 

In our #OTalk we hope to discuss what sort of research roles exist, whether research roles are financially viable and if it possible to research occupation in these roles. We hope that the contributions from people, who are working in research roles, will provide invaluable insight into working as an occupational therapist in research especially in terms of providing top tips for an occupational therapist seeking a career in research.

 

We offer the following questions as a basis for reflection and discussion:

 

  1. What roles are available for occupational therapists wanting to work in research?

 

  1. Are there any financially secure research jobs? (i.e. Are there only fixed/ short term rather than permanent contracts? Or do you have to combine research work with another role?)

 

  1. Is it possible to work solely on occupation focussed research projects?

 

  1. Where do you find out about research jobs?

 

  1. What would be your top tip for an occupational therapist seeking a career in research?

 

Prepared by Solei Naisbett-Jones, Elspeth Clark, Rachel Rawlings, Martha Hocking and Katrina Bannigan on behalf of Plymouth ROTTERS.

 

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Hosting Chat  @ROTTERsPlym @KatrinaBannigan with support from @ROTTERsExeter@ROTTERSTruro @OTPlymouthUni @PIELRes

On the #OTalk account  @LynneGoodacre

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#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript June 5th 2018

The Numbers

1.241M Impressions
714 Tweets
67 Participants
571 Avg Tweets/Hour
11 Avg Tweets/Participant

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#OTalk Research – Tuesday 3rd April: Coproduction in Research

April’s #OTalk Research is being hosted by Claire Ballinger and Tina Coldham and supported Lynne Goodacre from the #OTalk Research team.

 

COPRODUCTION IN RESEARCH

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the importance of patient and public involvement in research, with evidence that such involvement makes research more accessible, meaningful and successful.

Some go further and argue that coproduction or cocreation of research must be the way forward if we are to truly focus on service users’ understandings, perspectives and priorities.  As OTs, this has a synergy with our client centred practice. However, those new to research and coproduction might be wondering how it might work, how to ‘do’ it, and perhaps whether it is even possible!

In our OTalk we hope to discuss what coproduction means, hear from people who have experience of coproduction in research about what it is like, and share some ideas about how to work successfully together.

We offer the following questions as a basis for reflection and discussion:
1. What do we understand by coproduction in health research?

2. Why might coproduction in research be useful? For whom/what?

3. Has anyone had experience of coproduction health research? What was it like.

4. What were the highlights and surprises? Was there anything that concerned you or you wish had been done differently?

5. What principles, resources or tips could we share to guide coproduction?

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The Numbers

684.609K Impressions
295 Tweets
34 Participants
236 Avg Tweets/Hour
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#OTalk Research – Tuesday 6th March: The National Institute for Health Research Integrated Clinical Academic Schemes (ICA): An opportunity for Occupational Therapists

March’s #OTalk Research is being hosted Professor Pip Logan and supported by Jenny Preston from the #OTalk Research team.

 

The National Institute for Health Research Integrated Clinical Academic Schemes (ICA): An opportunity for Occupational Therapists

 

This talk will cover a number of issues related to the National Institute for Health Research

 

The National Institute for Health Research celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2016. Their strap line is Improving Health and wealth of the nation through research. It is the largest national clinical research funder in Europe with a pot of £1 billion per year. It is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and has a number of different strands. One of the key aspects is that it is not just research for the National Health Service it is a place for occupational therapists working in social care, local authorities and charities to get involved. Through supporting research, infrastructure, training researchers, training clinical academics, disseminating research and implementing it into practice the NIHR provides a place for occupational therapists to complete masters, PhDs, advanced training leading to Professorships and consultancies.

 

The 2016 Strategic Review of Training looked proactively at future training needs. It acknowledged that there has been considerable changes in healthcare needs and technological advances, as well as changes in the nature of the academic workforce. Approval was given to the development and delivery of an NIHR Academy Strategy ensuring that the NIHR Academy both meets the needs of the wider research community and other key stakeholders now and in the future, and is fully and dynamically linked with NIHR and DH strategy. This document states that professions such as occupational therapy are areas that the NIHR would like to support, however very few applications come from occupational therapists.

 

The Integrated Clinical Academic Schemes (ICA), which is a dedicated strand for Nurses, midwives and AHPs is part of this Academy and I am the Lead Advocate for the Occupational Therapists and therefore link the Royal College of Occupational Therapy with the NIHR. I have a team of five other Occupational Therapists and we are here to help you become clinical academics. Plus I also chair one of the committees that reviews the Doctoral training applications and I sit as a member on the Health Technology Board. If an occupational Therapist applies to the NIHR to do a fully funded PhD, and I am not conflicted, than I will see the application and most likely get to review it and interview the candidate. However we get so few applications from occupational therapists.

 

For example of the NIHR ICA awards 40% are held by physiotherapists, 17% by dieticians, 14% by dieticians and only 12 % by Occupational Therapists.

 

When this is compared to the HCPC register we see that of the AHPs, 40% are physiotherapists, 29% are occupational therapists, 12% are speech and language therapists and 7% or dieticians.

 

Host Bios
Tina is co-Chair of the Wessex PIN as well as being Chair of the NIHR Involve Advisory Group, and a long time survivor researcher.

Claire is also co-Chair of the Wessex PIN, an OT at heart and passionate about co-production in research.

The Wessex Public Involvement Network (PIN) is a multiagency research partnership that works with the public co-productively seeking to improve all our research endeavours in the region.

 

Questions

  • Have you applied or thought about applying for a personal award or a project grant to NIHR? how did you get on?
  • Compared to other AHPs OTs are the least likely to apply for NIHR research funding. Why do you think this is?
  • How can I and other Profs encourage OTs to believe in themselves like the other AHPs and come forward to apply for NIHR funding and fellowship?

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The Numbers

1.597M Impressions
425 Tweets
49 Participants
340 Avg Tweets/Hour
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#OTalk Research: Tuesday 6th February ‘The road less travelled? Supporting occupational therapists to conduct RCTs’

‘The road less travelled? Supporting occupational therapists to conduct RCTs’

This week’s OTalk Research is on the topic of conducting RCTs in occupational therapy and will be hosted by Avril Drummond (@AvrilDrummond1). Avril is Professor of Healthcare Research and Director of Research at the University of Nottingham, with a specialist interest in conducting randomised controlled trials (RCTs).

Here’s what Avril has to say ….

The term Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is used widely in both education and clinical practice. However, the reality is that evidence can mean slightly different things to specific groups who recognise different levels of quality; some advocate the traditional RCT evidence as the gold standard whereas others feel qualitative research is richer and more informative. However, although bodies who produce national clinical recommendations (such as NICE), are appreciating qualitative research much more than before, ultimately RCT evidence is the basis for many of their recommendations.

There are clear merits for using qualitative and quantitative methodologies and, increasingly, mixed methods. The bottom line is always what question is being answered. However, nonetheless, my impression is that OTs are more inclined to be involved in qualitative research (although I admit to having no hard evidence to back this up!). This might be for many reasons; a belief that the profession aligns itself more naturally with qualitative methodologies, more perceived difficulties in conducting RCTs and perhaps more bias in OT training towards ‘softer’ research. Yet generating RCT evidence is vital given that so many regard this as the gold standard – and fundamental to funding an intervention. Even results from small, underpowered RCTs can be used in meta-analysis to produce clear recommendations.

So the topic of this OTalk Research is RCTs. Here are some questions to consider:

  • Do you think OTs are more likely to do qualitative research? Why is this?
  • What is challenging for OTs about conducting RCTs?
  • What would make OTs more confident in conducting RCTs?
  • Has anyone been involved in an RCT? How did you get involved?
  • What would help more OTs to get involved in conducting RCTs?
  • What are the benefits of being involved – individually and for the profession?

Note that the topic title is the road less travelled (from the Robert Frost poem). The actual full line reads ‘Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.

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The Numbers
3.518M Impressions
423 Tweets
54 Participants
338 Avg Tweets/Hour
8 Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants

 

#OTalk Research – Tuesday 5th December – Staying the course – maintaining momentum in research

December’s #OTalk Research is exploring maintaining momentum in research. It is being led by Tilly Greenwell (@Tilly_OT) with Emma Hooper (@hooper_ek) on the @OTalk_ account.

 

Intro Blog:

A requirement of my MSc Pre-Reg Occupational Therapy course was to undertake a major project for which I chose to do a small-scale quantitative research project. This experience, although challenging, was also exhilarating and led to me catching the research bug. I loved discovering findings that were not in previous papers and being able to present my results at COT16 so the results could be taken into consideration in others’ practice.

As a recently qualified occupational therapist, beginning a journey into the world of research is a daunting experience. There are many paths that can be taken to start this journey and trying to navigate the options can be overwhelming to say the least; this is what led me to attend a Research Coaching Programme at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) for allied health professionals (including @hooper_ek) and MMU lecturers from clinical backgrounds.

At the first event we were guided to explore alternative perspectives with regards to our research and given strategies to reflect on our current approaches to our academic endeavours. At the follow up event three months later, we discussed the specific difficulties the attendees were experiencing. We explored how the group members have sustained their enthusiasm and kept on track with their research when they were going through a particularly tough time. As one of the least experienced members of the group I found the answers helpful and motivating.

The last 6 months have felt like an emotional rollercoaster ride. There have been amazing highs, including being accepted for publication by the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and being offered a place on to the Professional Doctorate programme at Teesside University. However, there have also been mighty lows, as I could not enrol on the Doctorate due to circumstances out of my control. Since then, I have been finding it particularly difficult to sustain my drive and enthusiasm for research and this has led to a feeling of lacking direction. Through attending the research coaching programme I realised that I am not alone in these experiences, and that it can be difficult to stay the course and maintain momentum in research.

I hope this topic will be informative for you as we learn from each other’s experiences; helping to guide progression, overcome barriers and maintain momentum in our research adventures.

Questions to consider:

  1. At what points in the research process have you struggled to maintain momentum?
  2. What do you think caused this to happen?
  3. What or who helped you to get back in to the swing of things?
  4. What did it feel like to get back into the swing of things?
  5. What advice would you give to someone who has got bogged down with their research?
  6. What recent small achievement can you celebrate?

I am looking forward to discussing this topic with you all, thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts.

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The Numbers

1.467M Impressions
396 Tweets
37 Participants
317 Avg Tweets/Hour

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