Journal (Media) Club, OTalk

#OTalk 2nd December 2014 – 2015 Volunteer Planning

Is it really December already?

Well, with only one month to go until 2015 the #OTalk team thought it was time to entice our community into making their New Year’s Resolutions to volunteer to host an #OTalk.

Join us on 2nd December to help us make plans for 2015.

2014 saw the introduction of our Journal (Media) Club on the first Tuesday of each month. Whilst this is set to continue we have decided not to restrict it to a set schedule but to enable Journal (Media) options on any Tuesday. So, have you read an article you want to discuss, seen a film that has given you great insight into the experiences of potential clients or read a novel that made you take a step back from how you have always seen things? If so, book a date with the team and aim to write a short blog post introducing your media to the #OTalk community.

We have also seen great success with chats that have coincided with awareness days/weeks. Is there an awareness subject you are particularly passionate about, or one we’ve covered that we could take a new angle on? If so let us know. Here is a UK calendar for some inspiration. We are happy to talk to our MDT chat counterparts if you think of a topic it would be useful to have a wider perspective on.

Clarissa would like to run the models series again so if you think you can help with this then do contact us. If anyone has a burning passion for applying particular frames of reference in practice too then do get in touch.

If you’ve conducted any research or audit that you’d like to share the findings of then #OTalk is a great way to share that evidence far and wide.

And we always welcome anyone who just has an interest or passion in learning more about a topic to step forward. You don’t have to be an expert to run an #OTalk – some of the chats I’ve found most fun and informative are the ones when we’ve just been exploring a topic that is pretty new to all of us.

If you’d like to volunteer but you can’t be there on Tuesday never fear – just e-mail the team on with your idea and some potential dates and we’ll be in contact.

I’m unable to be there tomorrow but I’ve booked in two chats for January so I hope you’ll forgive me.


Post chat update:

#OTalk Participants

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the chat, we have lots of ideas and offers. Don’t forget that you can email us anytime to suggest or offer to host a chat.

The Numbers

612,692 Impressions
267 Tweets
37 Participants

The online version of the transcript of the chat can be found here. 

Here is a PDF version of the transcript: #OTalk – 2 Dec 2014

Journal (Media) Club

#OTalk Journal (Media) Club 7th October 2014.

As we have been running Journal (Media) Club for one year now we thought it was a good time to review how the community feel it has gone and get your thoughts and ideas on how to move forward into 2015.

Here is a link to all the topics so far:

October 2013 – September 2014.


Some ideas of things to think about as we review the last year…

  • Have you attended any Journal (Media) Club chats?
  • Do you access the posts on the blog?
  • What do you think of the format?
  • Monthly? (1st Tuesday of every month?)
  • Should we continue?
  • Have you used the articles or chat for your CPD?
  • What would you like to change?

We look forward to discussing this with you all and planning how we take Journal (Media) Club into 2015.

If you have thoughts and can not attend on the 7th October 2014, please comment below. We would like as many of the community to have input as possible.

Thank you.

The #OTalk Team.

Helen @Helen_OTUK, Clarissa @GeekyOT, Kirsty @kirstyes and Gillian @GillyGorry

Journal (Media) Club

#OTalk Journal Club 2 September 2014.

Journal Club host Charlotte O’Reilly @CharlOTPlay , would like us to consider

Relationships, Sexuality and Occupation.

Thank you to Charlotte for this introduction to the topic.
When I was in my second year studying to be an OT, we were asked to put together a research article. During my project, I came across this journal which I feel I learnt a lot from and shaped a lot of my own research article.I am now working full time as a paediatric OT within a school setting and I volunteer as a governor in a college for adults with learning disabilities.
I feel human relationships and sexuality are a big part of everyday occupation as in life we make/maintain a multi-tude of relationships. Throughout, my research project I came across many journal articles around the topic of romance/sexulaty
and occupations. One written from OT persepctive was of particular interest and I feel it would be interesting to explore the article as a group of OTs. I am hoping to encourage OTs to freely and openly talk about sex, relationships and sexual occupations as sometimes this can be challenging.


White, E., Barnitt, R. (2000) Empowered or Discouraged? A Study of People with Learning Disabilities and their Experience of Engaging in Intimate Relationships. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 63 (6) 270-276.

Vulnerable people constitute the majority of referrals to occupational therapy services, due to age and social, psychological and economic circumstances. People with learning disabilities may fit all these categories. An argument has been put that vulnerable people should not be subjects in research (de Raeve 1994) and that there may be unacceptable risks in being a subject in a socially sensitive research project (Barnitt and Partridge 1999). However, avoiding research with people with learning disabilities would mean that the voice of these clients would not be heard and it is known that they have expressed the wish to be consulted and involved in research (Atkinson 1989).
A collaborative study was carried out with eight adults with learning disabilities who lived in a community residential home. Interviews were completed which dealt with aspects of intimate relationships. Three themes emerged from the interviews: the experience of intimate relationships, the future of a current relationship and the involvement of others in relationships. The findings showed that the people interviewed had a generally positive experience of such relationships. However, while the attitudes of staff and family towards intimate relationships were mostly empowering, some negative views still existed. The results have implications for occupational therapists working with people with learning disabilities.

Discussion points for #OTalk:

• Was having service user’s as subjects in the research effective? Do you feel the needs of the subjects/participants were met throughout the research process? (participants)
• Sexual activity is discussed. As an OT, do you regard sexual activity as an occupation? Do OTs have a role in facilitating sexual needs and relationships? Positives and negatives? (OT & sex)
• Was the research method (semi-structured interviews) effective in meeting the aims of the research? E.g. to establish if service users can be ‘subjects of research’ and discuss relationships. What about the structure of the questions? Appropriate/in-appropriate? (research structure)
• Final paragraph “findings have implications for OT practice and research p275” Is this sufficient information? Has/will reading this journal impact your OT practice in anyway? Positives/highlighted areas for development. (future practice)
• What is your take-away message from the journal and / or discussion?

If there are any other items you would like to include in the discussion please let me know.

Please note that the article chosen is not open source. Please be aware of copyright law.

Details and download of the Reading Record can be found on the Journal (Media) Club Resources page.

Click here for the Healthcare Hashtags transcript.

or here for a pdf of the transcripts: #OTalk – 2nd September 2014