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

Parkinson’s: in control #MDTchat Weds 9th April 8pm (BST)

Rather than double up on blog posts I thought I’d reblog the post the fabulous Naomi at #physiotalk organised. This is about our joint #MDTchat along with WeNurses for Parkinson’s Awareness Week. #OTalk is moving from Tues 8th to Wed 9th April to facilitate this. Hope you can join us.


We are very excited to be holding our first #MDTchat on Wednesday 9th April 8-9pm (BST), a collaboration between @wenurses, @otalk_occhat, @physiotalk and @sumesuk from @ParkinsonsUk for Parkinsons’s Awareness Week  ‘In Control’ (7th – 13th April 2014).

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