#OTalk 12 November 2019 – How can occupational therapists use digital technology and apps to enhance practice?

This week’s chat will be hosted by #OTalk team member Clarissa (@geekyOT), who works as an occupational therapist on a personality disorder ward in a medium secure forensic unit. After more than 10 years of working in mental health, Clarissa has recently started a new role with the secure messaging app for healthcare professionals, Forward

A few weeks ago, my GP phoned me and asked me to go to Accident & Emergency (A&E). She said that she wanted me to be seen by a specialist, who she had tried to contact via switchboard a few times without success. She assured me that she had written a letter that should help me get seen quicker, and asked me to come to the surgery to pick it up. I explained that the detour would add an hour to my journey, and asked whether she could e-mail me the letter so I could print it out. That wasn’t an option. I asked her to e-mail it to A&E, and, keen to avoid a long journey when I was already feeling unwell, I even offered to phone A&E and ask for their e-mail address. 

Long story short: that didn’t work, and I ended up jumping in an Uber to pick up the printed letter from my GP after all. 

The A&E doctor assessed me and paged a specialist. No response. He tried again. Nothing. 

“This could take a while,” he said, glancing back at the phone on his desk. 

Wishing time away, I scrolled through the apps on my phone. Apps for communication. Apps for productivity. Apps to track all aspects of my health and lifestyle. Make life easier. Save time. And I imagined how much time could have been saved had my GP been able to contact the specialist directly. (As it happens, it would have completely saved me a trip, saved valuable A&E time, and saved me cancelling half a day of sessions with my own patients)

Frustrated with the series of delays, I told the doctor that I’d been for an interview with Forward Health earlier that week. I said that the secure messaging app could have saved us all a lot of time, and explained that he could have sent a detailed message to his colleague (confidential information and all), rather than waiting around for the phone to ring. He asked if it’s secure (it is) and free (yup), and expressed his surprise that he had never heard of it before.

Click here to download the Forward app

This led me to think about how much more efficient and effective I, as an occupational therapist, could be if I had the right technology at my fingertips. The NHS Long Term Plan sets out a vision of digital transformation for the NHS. But, even with my interest in technology, I get so bogged down with the pressures of clinical work that I don’t keep up with new developments. And I’m sure I’m not alone in that. 

So, following on from last week’s research #OTalk about innovation, let’s spend some time this week thinking about practical ways we can use digital technology and apps in our work.

I’d like this to be a space where we can vent about very real frustrations, and also think freely and creatively about future possibilities. Technology is rapidly changing, so let’s not restrict ourselves to what we already know. 

Chat Questions

  • Which apps/digital technology do you already use to support you in your work?
  • What frustrations do you have in practice that could be improved if you had technology that’s fit-for-purpose?
  • What barriers limit the use of technology in your setting?
  • Do you use any apps for your own health/wellbeing/occupational balance?  
  • If you could instantly create any app to improve your work life, what features would it have?

Post Chat Update

The Numbers*

1.411m Impressions
341 Tweets
49 Participants

*Twitter data from the #OTalk hashtag from Tue, November 12th 2019, 8:00PM to Tue, November 12th 2019, 9:00PM (Europe/London) – Symplur

Have you got 3 minutes to help us improve the #OTalk website?

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On 25th October, OTalk will be turning 8!

What started out as small weekly chats (made up mainly of the seven founding members of OTalk) has grown so much over the past 8 years. We had almost 1,000 chat participants in the first half of this year and we now have monthly chats dedicated to research.

However, our website hasn’t aged well. We last updated our design in 2014, and a lot has changed since then. We now have far better tools at our disposal to improve the responsivity of our website and to make the content more accessible for everyone.

Clarissa (@geekyOT) is revamping the OTalk website and would love to hear from you about what you would like to see in the new version.

Please take 3 minutes to complete the survey and share it with your friends and colleagues.

#OTalk Journal Club 19th April 2016 – BJOT Editorial

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Date:   19/04/2016  Host: @OTalk_

Blog Post  –  Transcript 


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Position Now Open Again: #OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern

Welcome to the Team (Permanently), Kelly!

The #OTalk crew are excited to announce that our Student Digital Leader Intern, Kelly (@OTontheTracks), has agreed to become a permanent member of the team.

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Kelly started her role in April 2015 and quickly became a valued member of our team, a rock we can depend on and a good friend. Kelly has shown tremendous dedication to her role, actively participating in chats and promoting #OTalk at every possible opportunity. She has made sure that all previous chats on the on the otalk.co.uk website have a transcript, and created a wonderful ‘Welcome to OT’ video. We really appreciate how motivated she is and how easy she is to get along with, and we are so happy to have her onboard.

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Now Recruiting for #OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern(s)

We love the fresh perspectives and energy that students bring to the #OTalk community, and we have always had students in the team (@GillyGorry and @GeekyOT both started their #OTalk journeys as students). With this in mind, we have decided to re-open applications for the position of #OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern.

We want to recruit one or two UK/Ireland-based interns who are pre-registration students at the time of application to support the running of #OTalk for a 6-9 month period. A list of responsibilities and projects can be found below, along with an indication of the skills we are seeking. In return for your support, you will receive mentoring in digital leadership from the #OTalk team, and guidance to host/support-host a few chats throughout the internship. This experience will help develop your professional networks and will look great on a CV. You will receive a reference on completion of the internship.

Our outgoing Student Digital Leader Intern, Kelly, summed up her experience saying:

“Undertaking the Student Digital Leader Intern position with the #OTalk team created so many fantastic opportunities that I could  never have imagined I would be a part of as a student occupational therapist.

Being part of the #OTalk team has opened up a world of expertise and experience to learn from. I have developed a range of transferable skills I can take with me into my career as qualified occupational therapist and had lots of fun along the way”

 

#OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern – Responsibilities and Project

  • OTalk Blog – Transcript posting.
    To support the team by posting transcripts for selected chats within 48 hours of a chat and in linking to the summary page
  • OTalk Facebook
    Creating a Facebook event for each chat from the OTalk Facebook page
  • OTalk Twitter – Promoting
    Regular tweets from OTalk and personal accounts to promote the chats.
  • OTalk Twitter – Follows.
    To review follows on the OTalk Twitter account, block spam accounts and to follow back/create lists for the OTalk account.
  • OTalk Twitter – Hosting.
    To host a minimum of one chat during the internship and to support an additional two chats with guest hosts (Training will be provided – more can be hosted as desired).
  • OTalk Experience Summary.
    Along with the OTalk crew to write up an account of the experience of interning for publication.
  • OTalk Development.
    Engagement in online team meetings to review chat effectiveness, suggest future development and feedback on the relevance of OTalk for students.

 

Interns ideally need to be:

  • Excellent communicators
  • Familiar with the use of Twitter
  • Familiar with the use of Gmail, Google calendars and Google Drive
  • Familiar with the use of Skype
  • Familiar with WordPress blog editing dashboard
  • Able to create PDFs of transcripts
  • Available on Tuesday nights between 8pm – 9pm at least once a month
  • Available for 30 minutes on Wednesdays or Thursdays to post chat transcript
  • Able to access the Internet and have a laptop/smartphone that will enable blog editing and Twitter/Facebook access.
  • Passionate about the occupational therapy profession
  • Promoters of the positive application of social networking for professional development
  • Responsible and professional in their use of social media (social media accounts of applicants will be reviewed as part of the application process)
  • Engaging with CPD on a regular basis

(Training to use the relevant software will be provided so please still apply if you meet most of the outline above)

 

If you are interested in this position please send the following to otalk.occhat@gmail.com by 23:55 on the 15th May:

  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words demonstrating your suitability for the internship
  • A Biography of between 100-200 words (that includes your name and university, and a link to your LinkedIn profile) [Write this as if you are introducing yourself to the #OTalk Community on the blog]
  • Your skype username
  • The name and e-mail of a referee who can be contacted if you are invited to interview

Please direct any queries to the team using the above email address or Direct Message us on @OTalk_

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Skype interview by the end of May and will be in post by the beginning of June.

Please note this is a voluntary role (we are all volunteers and #OTalk is not-for-profit.