25th October 2021 #OTalkTurnsTen – Help us Celebrate 

This October 25th 2021 #OTalkTurnsTen Can you believe it? We have a number of things lined up to celebrate, including a few surprises, and we require the OTalk community to help with three of them. 

  1. Share why you love #OTalk #OTalkTurnsTen
  2. Bake #OTalk a birthday cake and share it #OTalkDoesBakeOff 
  3. Apply to become a member of either the #OTalk team or the #OTalk Research team #BecomeAnOTalkTeamMember

Share the Love #OTalkTurnsTen

Can you tell us what you like about #OTalk and why you engage?   We would love the community to share this, in tweets, video clips, or even a blog post, feel free to share on any of our social media platforms, using the hashtag #OTalkTurnsTen from now until our Birthday on 25th October.  

So start thinking and start sharing your memories and thoughts,  here are a few suggestions to get you started. 

  • What do you love about #OTalk? 
  • How did you find out about #OTalk?
  • What is your most Memorable #OTalk chat?
  • What has #OTalk meant for your career?
  • Have you ever had a light bulb moment during #OTalk?
  • Have you ever hosted a chat? What was that experience like? 
  • Have you met any of the #OTalk team in person?  Share any pictures/videos.
  • Have you ever been put on the naughty step for forgetting to include the hashtag?
  • Did you come to one of our meetup events at a conference, what was it like?

Remember when sharing always include  #OTalkTurnsTen   By sharing you are giving @OTalk_ permission to use content*

Bake #OTalk a Birthday Cake #OTalkTurnsTen #OTalkDoesBakeOff

As the Great British Bake Off has returned, and has the cheek to air during our time slot, Tuesdays 8pm, we would love you to make @OTalk_ a birthday cake. We are looking forward to seeing how creative the OTalk community is at this meaningful occupation.  The #OTalk team will be sharing their efforts too, trust us there will be some funny ones.  

So get baking and don’t forget to share your images (no matter the outcome, it’s the processes that are important) on social media used the three hashtags #OTalkTurnsTen #GBBO #OTalkDoesBakeOff

By sharing you are giving @OTalk_ permission to use content*

Become an #OTalk or #OTalk Research Team member #OTalkTurnsTen #BecomeAnOTalkTeamMember

#OTalk is a free resource for the community and is run by volunteers.  #OTalk aims to remain a free resource, and anything that team members might get involved in that has a cost attached is self funded by that member.  It can be a demand on your free time, but it’s worth it, and it can be fun. Plus as a team we have always supported each other.  

The #OTalk research team currently has only two members who work solely on identifying hosts and curating 12 research chats a year on the 1st Tuesday of the month.    There is some admin involved including posting blog posts and communicating with hosts, plus supporting the monthly chat.  You will not be required to do every month as this will be shared with other research team members. You will be given some mentoring to start with. If you’re interested in research and have some basic knowledge of Twitter and other platforms this might be a perfect voluntary role for you.  It’s a great opportunity for you to develop your networks within the research community too.

The #OTalk team currently has 6 members,  this team might be a little more demanding on your time.  Jobs that the team shares include; . 

  • Maininting the blog/website
  • Managing the email account
  • Managing and liaising with those that offer to host
  • Posting blog posts 
  • Collecting data and transcripts of chats
  • Taking it in turns to support the weekly chats
  • Liaise with anyone contacting the team via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and email
  • Promoting #OTalk at events e.g. manning a stall and/or running workshops or giving presentations about #OTalk and social media as a CPD and Therapeutic tool, when invited to do so at OT events across the UK. This is self funded. 
  • Working with stakeholders such as The RCOT and The OT show on projects.

So if you’re a fan of doing lots of work, just for the joy of it; think of yourself as an OTGeek; want to network more;  and develop your organisational, social media and tech skills then you might just be a good fit.  We will of course give guidance and support. 

Send us an expression of interest by email here. otalk.blog@gmail.com

Lastly we have a few other surprises in store; including a 10th Birthday Gift for you, but more about that later! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!!!!

*By sharing posts using any of these hashtags  #OTalkTurnsTen #GBBO #OTalkDoseBakeOff  You are consenting to the OTalk team using what you have shared, to promote our birthday.  We do not keep any personal information, but will search social media for your posts using the hashtags and share them across all of our platforms.


#OTalk Tuesday 14th September 2021 – Following Boris Johnsons announcement on more funding for social care. What is the OT’s community thoughts?

This week our very own @OT_rach will try her best to guild you thorough the British Prime minister announcement from Tuesday 7th September, that has been described as  ‘A once in a generation’ shake-up of adult social care and how it is to be funded.

The cabinets have agreed upon a new plan to modernise the social care system, ensuring it is better integrated with healthcare, that will be financed through tax rises. 

Photo credit Sky News – Social Care Graphic

The Guardian reported 

In the short term, much of the money being raised will finance the NHS to catch up with elective surgery and other appointments delayed due to Covid. While the financing plan is UK-wide, the actual implementation of health and social care is run by each UK nation. 

‘Next year, national insurance contributions for employees, employers and the self-employed will rise by 1.25%, then in April 2023, while the rises will stay the same, the tax rise will be rebranded as a health and social care levy, which will appear separately on people’s tax records.’

The Observer goes on to reports that Downing Street says the tax increase will raise an additional £12bn a year.  A total of £36bn over three years of which the following has been allocated:

  • £16bn Direct NHS funding in England
  • £8.9bn for ‘health-based Covid response’ in Englan
  • £5.4bn for social care in England, of which £500,000 is for training £5.7bn for devolved nations, to support health and social care.
  • £5.7bn for devolved nations, to support health and social care.

Source: HM Government

Changes are also being made to the contributions people will pay towards social care, if and when they may need these services.

Currently in England if you have 

  • Assets less than £23,250 – Care is completely funded by state.
  • Assists over 23,250 – care is self-funded with no cap.
  • Those above the state pension age who still work do not normally pay national insurance.

The changes from October 2023 will mean if you have

  • Assets less than £20,000 – Care is completely funded by state.
  • Assets £20,000 to £100,000 – Care is self-funded with a cap of total contributions at £86,000 or until you reach less than 20,000
  • As of 2023, those above state pension age will begin to pay the new rebranded ‘health and social care levy’.

This is where it gets a bit more complicated well for me at least.  National insurance is a UK-wide system, it is reported that income from theses changes will be distributed across the four UK nations, and that by 2024-25.

  • Scotland, will benefit from an extra £1.1bn
  • Wales an extra £700m
  • Northern Ireland an extra £400m 

Although those living in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales contributions towards their social care need may differ form those in explained above for England. 

Lastly other than the prospect of a white paper to develop longer-term plans. The overhaul of social care and promise to bring health and social care systems together, has very little further detail. 

“We’re pleased that the government is starting to look at the future for social care, but today’s announcement is thin on detail other than on the levy. There is also little on how the government proposes to break down the historic divisions between health and social care, beyond a short reference to the development of a future integration plan and vague mention of reform. 

“Social care should be provided to all who need it and free at the point of use, to help address the inequalities COVID-19 has shone a light on in the sector. Whilst today’s announcement will provide relief to some, the announcement of £5.4bn over three years with no guarantees of sustainable funding beyond this is a big concern for the long-term future of care. 

“Nor does it say the government will address the real issues in the social care workforce which are leading to chronic shortages all over the country. Occupational therapists as well as other allied health professions will have listened in vain to hear about how the government intends to tackle the issues they face on a daily basis. 

“Whilst it is positive that in principle the government has committed at least £500m of funding for the development of the social care workforce, it is not nearly enough to fund this, mental health support, and also reform key aspects of the workforce. For social care staff it is offset by the extra levy that they and their employers will pay, which will take more resources out of the system.

“It is now the time to improve access, quality, and levels of social care and rehabilitation support, so that those who need it receive the care they need, when they need it. Those working in social care must have parity of esteem with the NHS workforce and be given proper development opportunities. We cannot wait until 2023 to start tackling these issues, we need to start now.”

So taking all this in to account and your own experiences of working in health and social care fields the chat will ask the following questions.

The Questions

  1. What were your initial thoughts following this announcement?
  2. Why should our profession concern itself with the details of this ‘once in a generation’ shake-up of adult social care?
  3. Who do you think will befit most and least from the Prime Ministers announcement on social care?
  4. How might these changes impact Occupational Therapy practice? 
  5. Are you happy with The RCOT response to this announcement?





Host:  Rachel Booth @OT_rach

Support on OTalk Account: OT_rach

Evidence your CPD. If you joined in this chat you can download the below transcript as evidence for your CPD, but remember the HCPC are interested in what you have learnt.  So why not complete one of our reflection logs to evidence your learning?

HCPC Standards for CPD.

  • Maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities.
  • Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice.
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery.
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user.
  • Upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the Standards for CPD.

#OTalk – Launch a conversation – 24th August 2021.

This week #OTalk will be hosted by Steve Ford @SteveFord New CEO for The Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

I started as CEO for RCOT in April 2021.  My first priority has been to get a deep understanding of the profession.  So that was why I launched the #TalktoSteve campaign – I wanted to have 100 conversations with 100 Occupational Therapists in my first 100 days. I achieved that. Many more people wanted to speak to me and so I will continue until I’ve met with everyone!

And here’s a short summary of what I have heard.

Occupational therapy is a fantastic profession, you love what you do and can see the difference you make every day. You are optimistic about the future but fear that you’re missing opportunities. And at times you feel like the underdog, compared to other professions who are better understood, more confident, better supported and connected, and able to grasp opportunities. 

The profession is changing, with new recruits being more confident and demanding and having a greater focus on personal and professional development. The new skills and ways of working that have come about over the last 18 months are driving the profession. The inclusion agenda is seen as vital, but we’ve been slow and reactive, especially when dealing with minority groups. 

Our membership offer seems less relevant to students and junior staff. It’s not until you become more senior and get involved that you better understand and appreciate the whole offer. There is real appreciation of local staff and volunteers, but overall, we can be seen as slow, bureaucratic, and cautious. 

Many of you would like to have broader involvement in both the profession and RCOT. And while there are many impressive local leaders, who are driving forward strategic change, this influential community doesn’t feel connected or support by RCOT. 

Some of the campaigns that we’ve run have been meaningful and engaged members, but in general we are often in broadcast mode rather than engaging with members. The Specialist Sections and Regions have, especially through the pandemic, been an impetus for change, but the current structure isn’t working for everyone. 

The importance of research and the need for stronger evidence base is recognised and the research strategy and top 10 priorities provide a good basis to move forward. But research is not always prominent in the mindset of occupational therapists, there are challenges to methodology and limited career opportunities for clinical research. 

In the light of this feedback I have identified 4 possible strategic themes for the profession and RCOT and I’m eager to hear people’s views on whether these are the right ones for us to focus on together:

1 Movement

Build a social movement of proud and confident occupational therapists that show the world the power of what we do

We need to speak more powerfully and clearly. We need to strengthen our brand and campaigns. RCOT is wider membership sharing their collective experience and expertise.  We want everyone to feel that they belong to and have a voice in this powerful movement

2 Excellence:

A real, practical offer to support every occupational therapist to be the best that they can be.

We want to make our membership offer relevant for every occupational therapist wherever they are in their career.   This will include a refreshed approach to learning and development – using modern approaches to equip therapists with the skills that they need to make maximum impact

3. Evolve 

Grasp the biggest opportunities for occupational therapy to evolve and maximise our impact in a changing world.

This is now the time for occupational therapy. We need to be on the front foot, clear about the opportunities and establishing our case assertively. We need to support our influential local leaders with the tools and resources that they need. And we need to be dynamic in sharing emerging best practice across all of our services,

4. Transform

Become a modern, high-performing, insight informed and values-led organisation.

If we are to deliver these three themes, RCOT needs to modernise and focus its resources where they will deliver biggest impact. We need better data and insight to help us work effectively and we need to live out values that meet the expectation and needs of our members.

5 Questions

  1. How do you feel about these themes? What is missing? What needs to be dialed up?
  1. Do you feel part of a movement? What could make this a reality?
  1. How could RCOT help you to be the best possible occupational therapist?
  1. What do you think are the biggest opportunities for occupational therapy over the next ten years? How do we grasp them?
  1. What would make you proud of your professional body? What values are important to you?

Post Chat

Host:  @SteveFord CEO for The RCOT  Support on OTalk Account: @Kirstie_OT

Evidence your CPD. If you joined in the chat you can download the below as evidence for your CPD, but remember the HCPC are interested in what you have learnt.  So why not complete one of our reflection logs to evidence your learning?

HCPC Standards for CPD.

  • Maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities.
  • Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice.
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery.
  • Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user.
  • Upon request, present a written profile (which must be their own work and supported by evidence) explaining how they have met the Standards for CPD

#OTalk Tuesday 3rd August 2021 8 – 9pm (British Summer Time) Harnessing the occupational therapy evidence based for the benefit of European citizens

This month’s #OTalk research chat will be hosted by Board members from the Research into Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science (ROTOS) Foundation: Professor Alison Laver-Fawcett @alsionlaverfaw, is Chair of ROTOS and an educator and researcher at York St John University, York, UK @YSJOT; and Sasa Radic, @Sasa_Radic, is Communications Lead for ROTOS, a Croatian occupational therapist and president of the Croatian Association of Occupational Therapists. Sasa will be tweeting from the @_ROTOS_ twitter account. 

The Research into Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science (ROTOS) Foundation https://www.rotosfoundation.eu/ @_ROTOS_ was founded on 11th March 2020, after being developed through an Occupational Therapy Europe standing committee (from 2017). ROTOS now forms one branch of Occupational Therapy Europe Foundation (https://www.oteurope.eu/) along with the Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries (COTEC) and the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE). The ROTOS Foundation is a registered charity in the Netherlands. The ROTOS Board currently comprises six members.  

ROTOS’s Vision is to improve European citizens’ lives through occupation centred research and science, by having one strong voice for occupational therapy and occupational science research. We aim that knowledge from Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science research will be appropriately used to inform and shape European policy and practice, through the establishment of a strong European profile of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science researchers, that both strengthens occupation-centred knowledge generation and supports access to this knowledge for the benefit for all Europeans. To achieve this a strategic three-year action plan has been developed. 

  • Strategic aim 1: Establish occupation as powerful knowledge domain 

To use current research and evidence, and supporting development of further research, by bringing together established researchers and encouraging a strong voice regarding Occupational Therapy research at all levels. 

  • Strategic aim 2: Use occupational therapy and occupational science research outcomes for advocacy and to influence policy development.
    To develop research leaders confident in promoting the outcomes of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Science and interdisciplinary occupation-centred research as beneficial to the lives and occupational wellbeing of individuals and communities. 

  • Strategic aim 3: To build strong collaborations to achieve the ROTOS Foundation’s vision. 

To achieve a sustainable ROTOS Foundation and create a strong research community linking researchers to practitioners, educators and other researchers, through facilitating working across boundaries in the European context.

There are several ways colleagues can get involved with ROTOS:

  • Join the ROTOS network
  • Contribute to a ROTOS webinar
  • Support writing documents (evidence base summary, call to maximising the impact of occupational therapy and occupational science research, translating research knowledge into practice). 
  • Mentor occupational therapy and occupational science researchers in Europe
  • Help identify priorities for occupational therapy and occupational science research and pedagogical research in Europe
  • Contribute to leadership for occupational therapy and occupational science research
  • Engage in fundraising activities to support ROTOS projects and actions

We look forward to exploring this vision and aim with others in the OTalk chat, hearing people’s thoughts, ideas and examples of occupational therapy research and occupational science research has influenced policy development, informed guidelines, and led to service development and improvement. In this #OTalk we will seek your ideas and contributions for achieving ROTOS’ vision and aims, and discuss how occupational therapy researchers and occupational science researchers can get involved with ROTOS activities.  

Some Questions to reflect on:

  1. How can we increase the accessibility of the occupational therapy and occupational science evidence base for people with disabilities & health conditions, policy makers, service commissioners & the wider population?
  2. How can we most effectively use occupational therapy and occupational science research to influence policy development?
  3. What are the key components of an effective evidence base summary document?
  1. A few research priority exercises have been done recently, e.g. @thewfot https://wfot.org/resources/wfot-research-priorities & @theRCOT https://www.rcot.co.uk/top-10, do you think there are different OT & OS research priorities across Europe?
  2. What do you think are the key occupational therapy and occupational science research priorities?
  1. What skills, knowledge and attributes make effective occupational therapy and occupational science research leaders? How are these developed?
  2. Have you received or offered mentorship related to occupational therapy and occupational science research? How was this organised? Was it useful?
  3. What should a @_ROTOS_ European occupational therapy & occupational science research mentorship programme provide?
  4. @_ROTOS_ has already delivered a webinar and plans future ones, what would you like to see ROTOS provide webinars about?
  5. @_ROTOS_ is a charity and must raise its own funds, what ideas do you have for effective fundraising activities?

You can contact ROTOS Board members using the form at:

https://www.rotosfoundation.eu/contact-us/ or email Alison at: alison.laver-fawcett@rotos.eu

Post Chat

Don’t forget to use one of our Reflective logs to record what you have learnt. https://otalk.co.uk/reflection-logs/


#OTalk Tuesday 27th July @AbleOTUK Launch Event – Choose either the #OTalk chat or join our live Teams event.

This Tuesday is very exciting @OTalk_ are pleased to use its platform to help launch a new OT affiliation group @AbleOTUK, just in time for the end of this years #DisabilityPrideMonth.  Here is what @OTableOTUK have to say…….

We @AbleOTUK are excited about our Launch, there has been lots of work behind the senses and we can’t wait to get started. For our launch we have two options for you to engage in, simultaneously, 8pm Tuesday 27th July.

  • Live Teams Event that will have a slideshow, and members sharing their experiences.  (Requires Booking 100 free spaces available.)
  • A Traditional #OTalk focusing on Accessibility and Disability (Questions below) Both events will be available to watch/read after the launch.

We are a core group of volunteer Occupational Therapists and a patient advocate who run and maintain @AbleOTUK twitter account and soon to be coming website. We hope in the very near future to run some online events, provide useful resources, create supportive networks and work with other stakeholders, please see our terms of reference below, for more detail. You can download the a copy of the groups frame of reference below. (There are three visions available, if your needs are not meet, please let us know and we will endeavour to create the document in a formate that suits your needs.)

July is #DisabilityPrideMonth one of our members @GeorgiaVineOT ask the OT community with disabilities and or health problems, to tweet something they would like the rest of the community to think about. These “Dear OT Community” tweets have been made it to a video

Those with disabilities are the largest & most diverse minority within the worlds population, they represent all abilities, ages, races, ethnicities, religions and Social Economic Background.  In order to grow, as a profession, we must first recognise that there’s a problem. These events are an opportunity to share your experiences and/or learn from others.  Everyone is welcome,  we are really excited about our launch, and can’t wait to hear from the OTalk community.  https://youtu.be/TSeQAO7z1io

Question 1 – What is your understanding of disability and how this might impact a person?

Question 2 – What is your understanding of accessibility and how it might impact a person?

Question 3 – In regards to disability and accessibility, what barriers have you come across, either when working with a client, or for your own needs?

Question 4 – What and how can we as an OT profession, RCOT and AbleOTUK do to remove the barriers?

Post Chat

What a great launch @AbleOTUKwould like to thank OTalk for hosting us, and to everyone that joined in, gave their support and help.

Below is a PDF of the Twitter Transcript, along with statictics showing what engaged and what Impressions where made on twitter.

Under that information, is a link from @AbleOTuk’s Youtube account, with a video of the launch teams event (apologise its not the best there were tech issues so it was filmed on a phone)

If you have any questions, would like to assess support, and or information from AbleOTUK. Please contact them these ways.

We have a closed group on discord, you can request to join.

The Numbers

2.258M Impressions
535 Tweets
95 Participants
9 Avg Tweets/Hour
6 Avg Tweets/Participant