#OTalk OTea Party Time! 28th March 2017

This week we thought it was time we had a bit of a party….

OTea Party

Some questions to get you thinking…..

What inspired you to be an occupational therapist?
What do you admire in other occupational therapists?
What makes a good occupational therapist?
What do you like, love and loathe about occupational therapy?
We look forward to you joining us for our #OTalk OTea Party.

Post Chat

Online Transcript

The Numbers

1,487,608 Impressions
500 Tweets
51 Participants
400 Avg Tweets/Hour
10 Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants


#OTalk 9th Feb 2016 – Should there be changes to the way OT is taught in the UK?

This week’s @OTalk_ will be hosted by @hawki1989 (Thomas Hawksworth) on the topic of ‘Should there be changes to the way OT is taught in the UK?’ It looks to be an interesting discussion topic. Hopefully see you on Tuesday at 8pm (UK time) for #OTalk.

You can find Thomas’s intro blog post below:

Following the spending review by the government in the UK in November 2015, students applying for Occupational Therapy courses will see grants replaced by loans, leading to educators and professional bodies concerns that access into vital health careers would stagnate.

Interestingly, Janet Davies CE of the Royal College of Nursing, has stated that she is concerned that this will potentially direct nurses into other careers paths and this ‘link severing’ between universities and the NHS might impact the right number of future professionals, being in the right place, with the right skillset.

As these changes take place, this has also led to conversations about what is being offered as a ‘product’ by the universities and how this might differ; in terms of placement, in terms of content and in terms of projected destinations for students.

How can universities plan for the smooth transition from this severing? How might the curriculum change – and should it?

As newly-labelled consumers, should the student population want more from their education? Thinking back as students, is there anymore you would have wanted from your education had you needed to pay for it?

What can we learn from other countries in terms of how they teach OT to students without an NHS as a funder and shareholder?

Should role emerging placements become the norm?

Looking forward to this discussion – Tuesday at 8pm

Thomas Hawksworth @hawki1989


BBC (2016) Student nurses and midwives protest over grants cuts [Online] Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35263402 (Accessed on 2nd February 2016)

College of Occupational Therapist (2015) College of Occupational Therapists Response to the Comprehensive Spending Review [Online] Available at: https://www.cot.co.uk/news/comprehensive-spending-review/college-occupational-therapists-response-comprehensive-spending-r (Accessed on 2nd February 2016)

Royal College of Nursing (2016) RCN Students march in protest at student bursary cuts [Online] Available at: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/news/rcn-students-march-in-protest-at-student-bursary-cuts (Accessed on 2nd February 2016)

Post Chat Updates.

On-line transcript from Health Care Hashtags 

PDF of Trancript: #OTalk – 9 Feb 2016

The Numbers

1,335,513 Impressions
865 Tweets
82 Participants

#OTalk Participants


#OTalk Extra Special Volunteer Crew and a look forward to 2016

Did you know that #OTalk is heading towards its 4th birthday?

Yes, you heard right, on the 25th October we will be 4. We’ve made it through the sleepless nights and the terrible twos and threes (not that anything about this fab community is terrible really – it’s just a metaphor that #OTalk is our little baby).

The original #OTalk crew is unsurprisingly a bit frazzled so, we have called in some favours from our wonderful community and have a few extra special volunteers who have agreed to do some chat hosting for the rest of the year.

What this means for the community is that the weekly chats will continue as scheduled (there will be no chats on 22nd or 29th December for our annual Christmas break).

Most of them though will be hosted or supported by one of these four lovely people who are all experienced chatters and hosts.

Rachel Booth @OT_rach
David Davies @Dai2584
Nichola Duffy @Nnikki_Duffy
Deborah Harrison @DebbiiHarrison

The team may pop into the chats but we also might not. If we do, we’ll be there to take part – we might even lurk.

Instead we will be using the time to finish writing up our research article and other publications, do some behind the scenes scheming about the future running of the chats (and finally get the website pages up together) and just have a few weeks off too for some rest and relaxation.

We are all hoping to join in with the Welcome to OT chat on 20th October and we would love for as many of our community to be there to welcome new OTs to the profession. Do spread the word, especially to universities.

The 2016 chats will kick off on 5th January 2016 with us sharing our hopes and aspirations for the year. Keep an eye out on the blog for details of how you can get involved in hosting chats in 2016.

Kirsty, Gillian, Helen and Clarissa and of course Kelly would like to extend a huge thanks to our new crew members for their support and to the community who we know will keep up the good chatting.

#OTalk 14th April is a Welcome Kelly #OTeaParty

We are very happy to announce that after an excellent application and a most gruelling interview (that included questions about being kidnapped by snowmen!!) Kelly Murray has been sorted into the role as #OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern. The hat ummed and ahhed between Gryffindor and OTalk and Kelly has decided to go with a dual house identity.

Here is Kelly’s bio:
I’m excited to be able to introduce myself to you all. I’m Kelly Murray (@OTontheTracks), and I’m the #OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern. I’m currently in my first year of the MSc (Pre-Reg) Occupational Therapy at the University of Cumbria, and I’m enjoying the varied programme and placements I have had encountered so far. I am passionate about understanding what makes occupations meaningful to each individual and love to hear their life story along the way. I am also really enthusiastic about social media so you can imagine how thrilled I am to be starting this opportunity with #OTalk.

When I’m not tweeting or studying I enjoy socialising especially if it involves tea and cake; and can also often be found playing board games whilst trying to shield my over competitiveness from other players. I look forward to getting involved with all things OT and #OTalk over the next few months with you all.

Find me on Social Media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OTontheTracks

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kellymurray88

Blog: http://otonthetracks.blogspot.co.uk

And to welcome her into the fold next Tuesday we will be having an #OTeaParty – an informal chat where we can get to know each other a little better, come up with some more ideas for future chats and generally have fun.

So please show Kelly some OT Love on twitter and welcome her to the crew.

Transcript of the chat – there were lots of ideas for future chats including one around Fresher’s week to welcome new OTs to the profession – don’t forget to contact us to arrange your hosting experience.

Position Open – #OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern

#OTalk Student Digital Leader Intern (17/18) Position Open


#OTalk is a community that welcomes students alongside practitioners and academics, recognising the vital role students can play in bringing fresh knowledge, innovation and enthusiasm to the community.  

To foster this collaboration, in 2015 #OTalk introduced the position of Student Digital Leader.  This Intern role offers a student the opportunity to become involved in the running of #OTalk for 6-12 months whilst receiving mentoring in digital leadership from the team.

Being part of the #OTalk team allows you to be creative, innovate and work as part of team. As a Student Digital Leader Intern these are some of the activities you could be involved in and be responsible for during your internship:

OTalk Project.

As part of your internship we hope you would be able to contribute in an innovative way to the #OTalk community by undertaking some form of project. This will be agreed between yourself and the rest of the OTalk team after you join the team.

OTalk Blog – Transcript posting.

To support the team in posting blog transcripts on the blog posts within 48 hours of a chat and sharing this with the #OTalk community on the social media platforms.

OTalk Facebook.

To monitor the facebook page, replying to comments and ensuring blogs have been shared within other relevant pages and groups (e.g. 4OT groups and Student Occupational Therapy groups/pages)

OTalk Twitter – Promoting.

To regularly tweet from OTalk and personal accounts to promote the chats and other related activities.

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).

Promoting OTalk.

To take and create opportunities to promote #OTalk and the benefits of professional social media use within university populations and regional/geographical networks.

OTalk Experience Summary.

Along with the OTalk crew,  write up an account of the experience of interning for publication.  This can be done in a range of ways and we are open to finding new and creative ways to share this experience Our first intern Kelly did this by displaying a poster at #COT2016 and our second Kirstie wrote a piece with Kelly for OTNews.

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 and certificates
  • Available on Tuesday nights between 8pm – 9pm at least once a month
  • Available for 30 minutes on Thursday or Fridays 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 information to otalk.occhat@gmail.com:

  • 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 our email or DM us on Twitter at @OTalk_

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 28th November at 23:59.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a skype interview in December and will be in post by January 2018.




Welcome to OTalk.co.uk #OTalk

Hi #OTalkers

We’ve finally gone and done it – yes we have purchased a custom URL and from now on the blog will point to http://www.otalk.co.uk. The old site is still up at the moment but we will be hiding it shortly so please do share this update with your friends and colleagues so they don’t think we’ve disappeared completely.

Don’t forget to update all of your links and bookmarks and because we have had a little behind the scenes move too you will have to resubscribe to e-mail updates (scroll down and you’ll find this option on the left hand side).

You’ll see we’ve gone with a new design and tidied up the page links – everything is still there though.

Bear with us if there are a few glitches with links over the next couple of weeks and we still have a few pages that we still need to get up-together.

What’s new:

In the left hand column below the page links is a widget that shows you the detail of the next four chats – where known. If you see one of these is empty please don’t hesitate to volunteer to host a topic. You can contact us using our contact form here.

The OTalk Team have a new Team picture or two drawn by the exceptionally talented Gillian – check them out here.

On the resources page we’ve added some guidance on how to create your own tweetchat transcript. I for one know I’m a little slow to produce these sometimes and sometimes you might want to select a slightly different time period, or have the option to edit the transcript to show just your tweets or only the conversations in which you were directly involved. Use this alongside the CPD template Clarissa posted to be ready for your next HCPC audit. A couple of our resource pages are still under construction so do check back in a couple of weeks.

There are also pages for the Journal (Media) Club and one on other OTalk Team Activity – these are still under construction so check back soon.

We’re hoping this change will encourage a few more of you to come and engage with us here on the blog too – we’d love it if you could return to topics to post any useful links found after the chats, link to your blog posts inspired by the chat or the topic or simply to come and tell us if something you discovered at a chat has influenced your practice in any way. Why not start us off by commenting on this post telling us what you think about the revamp.

Happy #OTuesday

Kirsty, Gillian, Clarissa and Helen

#OTalk 15-04-2014 E-Portfolios for CPD

The chat on E-Portfolios was held on the 15th April by @GillyGorry the original post about E-Portfolios can be found Here and further guidance on E-Portfolios can be found Here

Thanks to all who participated in the chat the Full Transcript Here  We would love to see you E-Portfolios, if you are happy to share these, please leave the link in the comments below. We can revisit this topic next year to review.