CPD, Equality, Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy, OTalk

#OTalk OT Week Special Twitter Chat #OTsForEquity WEDNESDAY 3rd November 2021 8pm – Hosted by @theRCOT

As part of #OTalk’s 10th Birthday celebrations we are supporting the Royal College of Occupational Therapists during #OTWeek. The theme of this year’s OT Week is #OTsForEquity.

Tonight’s Twitter chat is hosted by Karin Orman, RCOT Assistant Director – Professional Practice and Genevieve Smyth, Professional Advisor RCOT. The chat will shine a light on the role occupational therapists can and do play in achieving health equity and is just one of many activities taking place across OT Week to address this important topic. 

Health equity is one of RCOT’s priorities for the coming year and if we are to meet the needs of those we support, we need to build on existing innovation and best practice. 

 #OTalk in Occupational Therapy Week offers the opportunity to collectively put our thinking hats on to explore what we mean by health equity and share ideas for further actions. This conversation and our ideas platform will inform RCOT’s action plan to achieve health equity. 

As occupational therapists you already do a lot towards creating health equity, but is there more you could do? Is there best practice that you’d like to share with others? Do you have an idea that would overcome some of blocks that you and others face within your team or organisation to achieving health equity amongst your service users?  

There is strength in numbers! Do you have an idea that would use the power of our community and have an impact on health equity? If you do, please share it with us. 

We’re ready to take action to strive for health equity across the UK. This is the start of our campaign, we’re already putting pressure on government, healthcare leaders and commissioners to act.  But we want to hear your ideas on what we could be doing that will make the greatest impact. We know we can’t do this alone. We’re calling on the government to provide a long-term strategy. We’d like to hear from you what we specifically we should be asking for? What resources do you need? What areas need funding so that you can improve and expand health care provision across all areas of society. 

This is what we would like you to consider and discuss.


  1. What does health equity mean to you and those who use your services?
  1. What as occupational therapists can we do as individuals, within our teams and organisations to create health equity?
  1. What as a profession can we do collectively to create health equity?
  1. How would you like to RCOT lead on the healthy equity agenda? What would you like to see RCOT do as a professional body to support members create health equity and to influence external agendas?
  1. What should we be asking governments to do to create health equity? What should governments do that that will help us as occupational therapists to do more to create health equity? 

Join #OTalk and #OTsForEquity on Wednesday night at 8.00pm (UK) to share your views and ideas.


Host:   Karin Orman, RCOT Assistant Director – Professional Practice @RCOT__Karin Genevieve Smyth, Professional Advisor RCOT @RCOT_Gen @theRCOT

Support on OTalk Account:  @preston_jenny

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.
Awareness of Conditions & Disability, Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy, OTalk

#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.

Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy, OTalk

#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?




Clinical Practice, Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy in Practice, OTalk, OTea Party

#OTalk 14th November – Maintaining stroke specialist services in the current commissioning environment.

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Challenges of maintaining stroke specialist services in the current commissioning environment” and will be hosted by the RCOT Specialist Section Neurological Practice- Stroke forum (@OTstrokeSSNP).

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Clinical Practice, EBP & Research, Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy, Leadership, MDT, Occupational Therapy in Practice, OTalk, Practice Development, Professionalism

#OTalk 10th October – Using social, print or broadcast media to promote the profession.

This weeks #Otalk is on the topic of “promoting the profession” and will be hosted by Mark Whiteman (@mrkwhtmnOT).

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