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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 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.