#OTalk 11th September 2018 – TRAMm Model Updates

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “TRAMm Model updates” following on from their research and will be hosted by Sarah Lawson (@SLawsonOT).

Here is what Sarah had to say…

Hi, I am Sarah, I am an Occupational Therapist, MPhil/PhD student, volunteer member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) North West Regional Committee and Conference Development Team and along with @HearleD we develop TRAMmCPD.

TRAMmCPD is the TRAMm (Tell, Record, Apply, Monitor and measure) Model and its tools the TRAMm Tracker and TRAMm Trail, which collectively are known as TRAMmCPD.  Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a personal and subjective journey, as well as our professional responsibility and a mandatory requirement of our registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In order to be effective we need to Tellothers, Recordand Applywhat we have learnt through our CPD activities, Monitorour progress and measurethe impact (Hearle et al 2016). We have previously hosted a variety of #OTalk’s where we have explored elements of CPD and TRAMmCPD, in our experience people are usually doing more CPD than they recognise or record. For this #OTalk we would like to briefly introduce the updates to the TRAMm Model which are based on our research. I presented these initial findings from my doctoral research at the RCOT Annual Conference 2018(p38 Session S53.1) Whilst this #OTalk is to introduce the updates to TRAMmCPD the elements of the TRAMm Model are relevant to all students and practitioners who need to engage in CPD.

I can only provide a brief overview of TRAMmCPD here, there is more information and free downloads available from our website www.TRAMmCPD.comIf you are a member of RCOT our book is available to view free via their website.

TRAMm Station T – Tell.

Along with our earlier research into CPD Engagement(Hearle & Lawson 2016), TRAMm station Tell includes the importance of sharing CPD plans and learning with others. The updated Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) document Continuing Professional Development and Your Registration(HCPC 2017) now includes the importance of learning with others as a means of encouraging self-reflection. There may be more benefits of learning with others for our CPD, including:

  • raising awareness of when we are learning
  • encouraging engagement in learning
  • the application of learning in practice

The importance of Learning Communities will now be explicitly included within TRAMm Station Tell

TRAMm Station A– Apply

This station was previously ‘Activity’ and has now been updated to Applyto reflect the importance of Applyingour learning from our CPD activities. For the HCPC (2017) any activity from which we learn and develop can be considered as part of our CPD as long as we can demonstrate that we engage in a mixture of activities (HCPC CPD Standard 2) and apply our learning to benefit our practice (HCPC CPD Standard 3), our service users (HCPC CPD Standard 4) and the organisations for which we work. An interesting finding within the literature has been that managers and organisations may find it difficult to support CPD activities when they do not explicitly see the value they or their stakeholders gain from it, hence the importance of not onlyMonitoringand measuringthe impact of our CPD on our practice, our service users but also the service/organisations for which we work. Whilst within TRAMmCPD it has always been implicit that the application of our learning from activities is important, following our research we have decided to make it more explicit within the TRAMm Model hence the update of TRAMm Station A – to Apply.

Save the date: we have an #OTalk scheduled for 23 October 2018 to explore in more depth the application of learning in practice for our CPD.

TRAMm Station M – Monitor

Some recent research recommends that CPD should be linked to our annual appraisal process, for which there are positive and negative aspects. Some organisations/managers already include the need to engage in CPD within annual appraisals with progress towards identified learning needs regularly Monitored throughout the year, linked to personal outcomes, with engagement and impact on the individual, service users and/or the service/organisation measured.Having reviewed our work with TRAMmCPD we have revisited the importance and potential of the annual appraisal process. Whilst we have included using the annual appraisal process as a form of recording achievements, highlighting learning needs and CPD, in future this will be included has a potential means of Monitoringand measuringprogress.

Questions to explore:

  1. How would you define your learning communities? Are they face to face or virtual?
  2. If you are the only Occupational Therapist in your team how do you ensure that you are not professionally isolated and keep up to date with your CPD?
  3. How important do you consider your learning communities to be for your CPD? What do you gain personally and/or collectively from your learning communities?
  4. What tips would you give for people finding and/or setting up learning communities?
  5. Do you actively consider how you are applying learning from CPD activities in practice?
  6. Do you link your CPD to your annual appraisals? Do you revisit this tomonitoryour progress regularly throughout the year or only at the next annual appraisal?
  7. What do you think the positives and/or negatives might be of linking CPD to annual appraisal process?


Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (2017) Continuing Professional Development and Your Registration. London: Health and Care Professions Council.

Hearle, D; Lawson, S; and Morris, R. (2016) A Strategic Guide to CPD for Health and Care Professionals: The TRAMm Model. Keswick: M&K Publishing.

Hearle, D., and Lawson, S. (2016). Are you and your team Really Engaging in Continuing Professional Development? College of Occupational Therapists 40th Annual Conference and Exhibition. Harrogate.

Post Chat

Chat Host: Sarah Lawson (@SLawsonOT).

Support on the Otalk Account: @kirstieot

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript September 11th 2018

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1.386M Impressions
326 Tweets
37 Participants
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#OTalk 14th August 2018 – Meaningful Occupation in Dementia.

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Meaningful Occupation in Dementia” and will be hosted by Mary Mulry (@murlymary).

Here is what Mary had to say…

Dementia is a syndrome characterised by deterioration in memory and cognitive functions. Dementia is progressive in nature with the focus of treatment being to delay further memory/cognitive decline and enhance the older adult’s quality of life. There are many therapies well researched in this area e.g. cognitive stimulation therapy (Spector et al, 2013), sonas apc (Connors, 2000), doll therapy, reminiscence therapy, errorless learning etc. However, despite all of this research, older adults with dementia are engaging in activities with little meaning to them and these activities are not reflecting their life experiences. The aim of this OTalk is to explore this area of meaningful occupation with the dementia population in more detail.

The following are the main aims to consider during the OTalk:

  • Define occupation and identify what is meaningful occupation.
  • Understanding the significance of meaningful occupation with the older adult with dementia.
  • Understanding the importance of gathering information about the older adult with dementia in order to empower them to engage in meaningful occupation.
  • Identify the barriers and facilitators in Occupational Therapists carrying out occupation-focused therapy.
  • Explore risk management in relation to enablement


Hosting the chat @MulryMary.

On the #Otalk account @kirstieot

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#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript August 14th 2018

The Numbers

1.294M Impressions
350 Tweets
51 Participants
14 Avg Tweets/Hour
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#OTalk Participants