Assessment, Clinical Practice, EBP & Research, MDT, Occupational Therapy in Practice, OTalk, Practice Development

#OTalk 17th January – Groups at the forefront of occupational therapy practice; myth or reality?

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of group work within occupational therapy and will be hosted by Elinor Jordan (@Elinor_OT).

Groups at the forefront of occupational therapy practice; myth or reality?

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Clinical Practice, Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy in Practice, Practice Development

#Otalk 29th November 2016 -Role emerging Occupational Therapy.

This weeks #Otalk topic is ‘Role emerging OT, friend or foe?’ and will be hosted by #OTalk Team member Kirstie (@Kirstie_OT).

Over recent years there has been an increase in Occupational Therapists working in broader roles such as team managers, honorary consultants, prescribers, discharge facilitators, case managers, care coordinators and within charities.

With OT having such a wide span of knowledge, training and experience it is a profession for the lifespan. This combined with it’s holistic approach means OT has plenty to offer so it is no surprise that OTs are now branching out from the traditional confines of acute and community care.

While these roles are a prime opportunity to show the world what we are capable of, are we doing our protected titles and the profession a disservice by taking on these generic roles?

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Clinical Practice, Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy, MDT, Occupational Therapy in Practice, Practice Development, Uncategorized

#OTalk 15th November 2016 – NHS Self Care Week

November 14-20 2016 is Self Care Week.

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Further information from the NHS can be found here: Self Care Week 2016

This year’s theme is health literacy and the strapline is

Understanding Self Care for Life.

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Clinical Practice, Exploring the Role of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy in Practice, Practice Development

25th Oct 2016 – Impact of poor motor skills development on other areas of functioning.

This week’s #OTalk (25th October, 2016) will be hosted by members of Goldsmiths Action Lab, using the @GoldActionLab Twitter account.

Motor skills support every aspect of our daily life and, in early childhood, enable some of the first opportunities for a child to learn about their environment and to interact with others. Motor difficulties are characteristic of certain medical conditions, such as cerebral palsy. But they are also common in children that fall under the umbrella of ‘neurodevelopmental disorder’. A particular focus of our research interests is children with a diagnosis of developmental coordination disorder (DCD), which is often referred to as ‘dyspraxia’ in the UK. However, children with dyslexia or a language impairment, as well as those with an autism spectrum disorder, may also be differentially affected.

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