OTalk’s Occupation Station #RCOT2018

21st Century Meaningful Activity – Using Social Media to Engage.

This year the OTalk team hosted a occupation station, on Tuesday 12th June, at the Royal College of Occupational Therapist annual conference in Belfast.

The Aim of the session was to explore the use of the Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Blogging platforms for professional and therapeutic means.

We did this by inviting partisapants to engage in a social media speed dating exercise with 7 minutes per platform. Ending with a reflecting on why we use social media and reminding use to ensure our use is in line with our codes of conduct.

Below are resources we used during the occupation station.

Blogging as an Occupation

Using Image Based Apps as Occupation

Using Twitter as an Occupation – CPD from Sofa Poster

Attitudes to using social media for CPD Poster


If you have any questions or queries, get in touch and we’ll do our best to answer them.


OTalk – 12th June 2018 – OTalk OTea Party

With four of the OTalk team being at this years RCOT conference in Belfast, @gillygorry will be on the twitter account for an OTalk OTea Party, the plan is to have an informal chat about all things social media, conference and CDP.

To follow everything that is happening  at this years Royal College of Occupational Therapists conference checkout these Hashtags  #RCOT2018 #OTalkOnTour


Post Chat

Hosting and on the #OTalk account @GillyGorry

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript June 12th 2018

The Numbers

748.830K Impressions
114 Tweets
24 Participants
91 Avg Tweets/Hour
Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants

15th May – Working Work into the OT Pathway.

@RCOT_work will host this weeks #Otalk

Occupational Therapists facilitate an individual’s journey to meet the goals meaningful to them. Meaning is defined by the individual, as is the meaning of work which could also mean different things to different people across their life course. This is a particularly pertinent topic with recent changes in the benefits systems, the introduction of the Government’s Work and Health Agenda, changes in the Access to Work funding opportunities, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) OT champions and response to the Work and Health Agenda and 

Engagement in work includes engagement in learning, training and education, voluntary work, paid work, part time work, flexible working and crucially it is not an exclusive goal, as for many this may also involve the balance of personal lives, commitments and enduring health conditions. Occupational Therapists are well placed to facilitate the goal of returning to work, but also the maintenance of work. The purpose of this OTalk is to discuss about what is known about using work as a goal within practice, for Occupational Therapists who work exclusively in Vocational Rehabilitation to share their knowledge and give advice about resources to use in practice, and to ask questions to the wider OT community to find out what you want to know about how OT’s can engage with the work question, what would you like to learn from research in this area.

Questions that will lead the discussion are: 

  1. What does work as an outcome mean within the OT journey?
  2. Have you used work as a goal within practice, and if so in which setting do you work in? 
  3. What would be helpful for you to incorporate work (as an outcome) into your client/patient journey?
  4. Are there particular research questions that would help you frame your practice? 
  5. Final thoughts, any additional resources you would like to share. 

The RCOT Specialist Section for work will facilitate this OTalk and we hope that information shared within this discussion allows participants to ask the work question, and also for us to gain understanding as to what the wider OT community wish to know about work. 


Hosting Chat @RCOT_work

#Otalk admin team was Caroline @colourful_ot

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript May 15th 2018

The Numbers

511.333K Impressions
214 Tweets
34 Participants
171 Avg Tweets/Hour
Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants



25th Oct 2016 – Impact of poor motor skills development on other areas of functioning.

This week’s #OTalk (25th October, 2016) will be hosted by members of Goldsmiths Action Lab, using the @GoldActionLab Twitter account.

Motor skills support every aspect of our daily life and, in early childhood, enable some of the first opportunities for a child to learn about their environment and to interact with others. Motor difficulties are characteristic of certain medical conditions, such as cerebral palsy. But they are also common in children that fall under the umbrella of ‘neurodevelopmental disorder’. A particular focus of our research interests is children with a diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder (DCD), which is often referred to as ‘dyspraxia’ in the UK. However, children with dyslexia or a language impairment, as well as those with an autism spectrum disorder, may also be differentially affected.

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