#OTalk 30th October 2018 – Bringing the OT community closer together, on and offline.

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Bringing the OT community closer together” and will be hosted by The OT Hub and the OT Show (@theOThub and @theOTshow). This chat is the final in a series being hosted in collaboration with the OT Show.

Here is what they had to say…

The OT Hub is the worldwide community for occupational therapy. It aims to bring the OT community closer together online, through information-sharing and a free membership. Offline, The OT Show (UK) provides an annual meeting space, networking opportunities and CPD for the profession. Both serve to enhance practitioner and student support.

Communities of practice (CoPs), such as The OT Hub and OT4OT, are professional communication forums, providing opportunities free of geographical constraint. Wenger, McDermott and Snyder (2002 p.4; cited by Hoffmann, Desha and Verrall, 2011) illustrate these as ‘groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area…’ In this case, the topic is occupational therapy. The OT Show is visited, in person, by the same passionate demographic.

But why connect both in person and online? Professional and geographic isolation are growing issues, as clinicians and students undertake roles in new, emerging and remote settings (Ezzamel, 2013; Ramsey, 2011). Communities of practice can assist in tackling isolation and in providing networking and mentoring opportunities (Bodell and Hook, 2014; Wiid et al., 2013; Hoffmann, Desha and Verrall, 2011). Similarly, profession-oriented events provide the chance to physically (re)connect with experienced and like-minded individuals, from across the globe. 

This #OTalk will explore the following themes in relation to bringing the occupational therapy community closer together:

  • Creating conditions for more collaborative innovation will be key to improved patient outcomes and future transformations (Innovation into Action, NHS England, 2015).
  • Professional and geographic isolation:
  • The more information available to the healthcare industry, the better able clinicians are to make the best decisions when supporting service users (Sood, 2017).
  • Public awareness of occupational therapy

Some questions to consider:

  1. How can shows and online platforms better support collaborative innovation and improved patient outcomes?
  2. What are your experiences of social isolation and how have you overcome them?
  3. Can problems arise (in study or in practice) from information overload?
  4. How can we work to become a profession that is better understood by the public and healthcare colleagues?

POST CHAT

Host: @theOThub and @theOTshow

OTalk Support: @gilliancrossley

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript October 30th 2018

The Numbers

270.128KImpressions
93Tweets
23Participants
74Avg Tweets/Hour
4Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants

 

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#OTalk 23rd October 2018 – Writing a Conference Abstract

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Writing an Abstract” and will be hosted by members of the RCOT Conference Development Team.  Sarah Lawson (@SarahLawsonOT) will be our host with support from Sarah Bodell (@OTSalfordUni), Ken Levins (@LevinsKen) and Clare Taylor (@ClareTaylor).

Here is what they had to say…

Are you an occupational therapist working in new ways? Have you implemented a new approach? Do you wonder if you are the only occupational therapist working in this way? Would you like to find others to share your ideas with and inspire each other? 

Is your research generating evidence for the profession which could help to raise the profile and position occupational therapy for the 21st Century? 

Have you thought about submitting an abstract for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) Annual Conference 2019 but are not sure where to start? 

Then this #OTalk is for you.  To you your everyday work may be just that, but you could help to inspire others. You could provide useful information and ideas which encourage others to consider different perspectives and new approaches in their practice. 

The abstract submissions process closes on 5 November 2018 so this is your chance to have your questions answered, receive reassurance and guidance and hopefully give you the confidence to go for it ready for #RCOT2019 in Birmingham 17 – 18 June. For information about the abstract process and marking guidelines visit the RCOT Conference page: https://rcotannualconference.org.uk/about/abstracts-submissions/

Final question: 

Abstract submissions close 5 November 2018, what are you going to do now to make this happen? The link for abstract information and submission is here https://rcotannualconference.org.uk/about/abstracts-submissions/

POST CHAT

Hosted by members of the RCOT Conference Development Team.  Sarah Lawson (@SarahLawsonOT) will be our host with support from Sarah Bodell (@OTSalfordUni), Ken Levins (@LevinsKen) and Clare Taylor (@ClareTaylor).

On the Otalk Support

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript October 23rd 2018

The Numbers

1.126M Impressions
293 Tweets
36 Participants
234 Avg Tweets/Hour
8Avg Tweets/Participants

#OTalk Participants

 

#OTalk 16th October 2018 – Social and Therapeutic Horticulture

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Social and Therapeutic Horticulture” and will be hosted by Esme Wood and Mike Morgan of Coventry University (@Esmewood1 and @CU_STH).

Here is what they had to say…

Social & therapeutic horticulture (STH) is an emerging area of practice, particularly within the UK. For the purposes of this blog, we define STH as, “a systematic, holistic and transdisciplinary approach to the use of gardens and gardening to optimise individual and community health, wellbeing, development and quality of life”. Therefore, it can include, but is not limited to, practice areas such as horticultural therapy, therapeutic landscape design, stabilisation agriculture and community gardening.

The therapeutic use of horticultural activities has a long history within Occupational Therapy clinical practice and beyond. Within the United States and as a growing phenomenon in the UK we have also seen the rise of the Horticultural Therapist practitioner. In the UK today the use of social and therapeutic horticultural activities has never been more popular and with the current and growing ‘social prescribing’ agenda, the opportunities for practitioners to engage in activities are ever expanding.

It is at this time that we seek to define and understand the evolution of social and therapeutic horticulture practice, starting by exploring the principles and rationale for its use.  From a preliminary scoping review, we believe that current key principles of social and therapeutic horticulture practice include

  1. Valuing nature
  2. Connectedness as a core concern
  3. Evidence based design
  4. Sustainable development
  5. Transdisciplinary and partnership working

This #OTalk focusses on understanding the realities of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture practice in the UK today and how these guiding principles influence practice, whilst also exploring the potential for transdisciplinary working across health and social care sectors and professions. 

Questions:

  1. As practitioners who have experience of using social and therapeutic horticulture in either past or current practice, what do you feel was or is the key rationale for your use of these activities?
  1. How do you feel the core principles of social and therapeutic horticulture practice, (as defined within the blog) influence your work? 
  1. What examples of transdisciplinary working in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture have you encountered and how successful were these?
  1. Given the unique and individualistic nature of people-plant interactions and the movement towards greener living and care, how do you see the future of social and therapeutic horticulture practice?

Esme Wood and Mike Morgan, Coventry University. Occupational Therapists and Lecturer’s on the Social and Therapeutic Horticulture courses at both Professional Development Diploma and MSc level. Contact details: Esme.wood@coventry.ac.uk

Post Chat

Host: @Esmewood1 and @CU_STH

Otalk Support: @kirstieot

Online transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript October 16th 2018

The Numbers

1.258M Impressions
210 Tweets
21 Participants
168 Avg Tweets/Hour
10 Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants

#OTalk 9th October 2018 – The #Iamchallengingbehaviour Campaign 

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “#Iamchallengingbehaviour” and will be hosted by the RCOT Specialist Section for People with Learning Disabilities along with support from Sam Sly (@RCOT_PLD and @SamSly2).

Here is what they had to say…

What is the I AM challenging campaign?

The I AM challenging campaign started in early 2017 with Nic Crosby (from Gather Build Work) and Sam Sly. They wanted to help professionals working with adults with learning disabilities to reflect on and question their practice, especially the terminology used. They their words they want to “help the wonderful people we worked with who were being treated in horrendous ways and incarcerated in Hospitals because professionals had labelled them with ‘challenging behaviour”.

Nic and Sam felt that everyone has ways, sometimes anti-social and undesired ways, of expressing when we are angry, frustrated, sad or anxious but because we are valued citizens it is a) often not seen as problematic and b) when we do show are feelings it is called what it is: anger, sadness or anxiety and we don’t get negatively labelled for the rest of our lives. 

But Nic and Sam both felt that for the people we work with who have learning disabilities or mental health needs and are not often seen as valued citizens, when they express their anger, frustration or anxiety they are slapped with a label of ‘challenging behaviour’ and their life written off.

This is when the campaign started, and Sam brought 100 ‘I AM challenging behaviour’ badges. ‘I AM challenging behaviour’ enabled the wearer to feel and show a commitment to challenging the real behaviour that needs to be changed; that of the people and professionals who think they know best, label others and whose behaviour stops people getting the great life they deserve.

OTalk and Specialist Section

Our OTalk on 9th October 2018 aims to start a discussion on the language we are using and start to reflect on our practice. 

We were lucky to have Sam present at the RCOT conference 2018 on the I AM challenging behaviour campaign and Sam has also agreed to join us for the OTalk on twitter, so please follow @SamSly2

With Sam’s help we will be asking five reflective questions:

  1. Why do we use language with the people we work with that we would not use to our loved ones?
  1. What are the ‘behaviours’ that stop people with LD and MH getting good lives?
  1. How can we rid ourselves of ‘serviceland’? 

(please look at Orla Hughes @orlatheot for an understanding of service land) https://otalk.co.uk/2018/06/15/rcot2018-blog-18-iamchallengingbehaviour-we-all-have-challenging-behaviour-lets-challenge-the-labels-in-serviceland/amp/?__twitter_impression=true 

  1. What behaviour are you going to challenge after tonight?
  1. Are you going to make any changes in your practice? Can you make a pledge?

Sam and her team are really keen to keep this campaign alive so if anyone wants to get involved in developing it, donating, or receiving a badge please message her on @SamSly2 or on Facebook page I AM challenging behaviour. All badges are still available. 

Post Chat

Host @RCOT_PLD and @SamSly2

OTalk support @helenotuk

Online transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript October 9th 2018

The Numbers

1.244M Impressions
414 Tweets
42 Participants
331 Avg Tweets/Hour
10 Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants

#OTalk Research 2nd October 2018 –Photo Elicitation 

This weeks #OTalk Research is on the topic of “Photo Elicitation” and will be hosted by Gemma Wells (@GemmaOTPHD).

Here is what Gemma had to say…

When completing my PhD I choose to use the visual research method of photo-elicitation.  Visual research methods draw on a range of materials which may include photographs, video, film and drawings (Flick 2009; Asaba et al 2015) although the most commonly used visual stimuli is that of photographs (Rose 2014).  

Photo-elicitation is a particular style of interviewing that requires participants to take photographs as part of the interview process (Collier 1957) and was originally borne from anthropologists using photographs to illustrate their work (Collier 1957; Ketelle 2010). The term ‘photo-elicitation’ was first used by Collier in 1957 as a result of an experiment that he completed which compared using photographs in interviews to traditional interviews which only drew upon verbal stimuli to generate discussion. He concluded that the interviews which used photographs to stimulate the discussions were more fruitful than those adopting the more traditional approach.

Following my use of this research method in my PhD I concluded that photo-elicitation has the potential to enable occupational therapists to gain an enhanced understanding of the people they work with as occupational beings.  This includes the ability to capture detailed information about the context that enables an activity to become an occupation. Participant led photo-elicitation reflects the person centred ethos of occupational therapy by enabling people to capture and discuss what is important to them.

This #OTalk will consider the following questions;

  1. What do you consider to be the benefits of using photo-elicitation in occupational therapy research?
  2. What do you think might be the challenges of using photo-elicitation in occupational therapy research?
  3. How do you think that the process of photo-elicitation could be used in occupational therapy practice?
  4. What factors do you think need to be considered when using photo-elicitation in practice?
  5. How might photo-elicitation be used in your research or practice?

POST Chat

Host: @GemmaOTPHD

On the OTalk account: @preston_jenny

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript October 2nd 2018

The Numbers

1.283M Impressions
216 Tweets
15 Participants
173 Avg Tweets/Hour
14 Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants

 

#OTalk 25th September 2018 – Cultural Competence: Do we need to immerse ourselves in other cultures?

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Cultural Competence” and will be hosted by a Team from Coventry University (Via @TanyaRihtman).

Here is what they had to say…

Occupational therapists are increasingly practicing in a multi-cultural context, resulting in a need to ensure cultural competence capabilities. Students are exposed to various opportunities for developing cultural competence, from exposure to a range of different cultures in the classroom to opportunities for travel to different countries.

A group of 10 Coventry University undergraduate occupational therapy students about to commence their second year will be visiting South Africa in September 2018 on an immersive occupational therapy fieldtrip. The learning outcomes for the trip are to:

  • Understand the nature and context of occupational therapy services in the South African context
  • Understand the impact of the diverse cultural contexts of South Africa on consideration of ‘environment’ as a key component of occupational therapy practice
  • Explore the nature the challenges and opportunities faced by occupational therapists in South Africa
  • Reflect on the differences between influences informing occupational therapy services in South Africa and those in the UK
  • Develop a critical understanding of learning needs and career options to explore career development

Engagement in this experience has raised questions about how we understand cultural competence, and whether we need to immerse ourselves in other cultures to become culturally competent occupational therapists.

Some questions to consider:

  1. How do we ‘immerse’ ourselves in another culture? Does this necessarily require travel? If not, how might we encourage engagement with cultural competence without travel?
  2. As occupational therapists, we are closely familiar with the impact of varied verbal and non-verbal communication styles. How might the opportunity to travel to different cultures expand our understanding of the impacts of these nuances in communication?
  3. How has first-hand experience of travel informed your clinical occupational therapy practice in general, and specifically in relation to your cultural competence?
  4. How might occupational therapy students and practitioners overcome their anxieties about travelling to other cultures with the express purpose of viewing different cultural lived experience from an occupational therapy lens?\

Post Chat

Host; @TanyaRihtman

Support on the OTalk account; @colourful_ot 

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript September 25th 2018

Online Transcript

981.406K Impressions
292 Tweets
30 Participants
234 Avg Tweets/Hour
10 Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants

#OTalk 18th September 2018 – Recognition of OT

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Recognition of OT” and will be hosted by Jen Gash (@OTcoachUK).This chat is one in a series of chats being hosted in collaboration with the OT Show (@TheOTshow).

Here is what Jen has to say…

Ever since I became an occupational therapist around 25 years ago, there has been a constant narrative regarding the lack of recognition of the profession as a whole. Generally, I agree. Forgetting for now the poorly understood name of our profession, we are a small profession compared to other health care professions, rarely mentioned in the press (although this has definitely improved in the last couple of years) but there continues to be poor public awareness about what we do, a lack of acknowledgement regarding the importance of people’s occupational needs and a lack of occupational therapists in positions of leadership and influence.

People kinda just know what a nurse, physio, social worker or doctor is, don’t they and it’s so frustrating.

However, I believe that at this time more than ever before, occupational therapy needs to be recognised in numerous ways:

  • Recognition of what human occupation truly is, how central it is to human wellbeing and also to that of wider communities/societies – health is not merely achieved through a medical approach
  • Recognition that many of societies current difficulties could be alleviated through a grounded occupational approach
  • Recognition of the staggering work that occupational therapists continue to do to support health, social and education systems and that our impact as a profession could be magnified through more consultation opportunities and funding support.
  • Recognition of the trail blazers in our profession and the new frontiers they are exploring

This OTalk will explore the following questions in relation to “recognition” in occupational therapy:

  • What makes us (occupational therapists) feel we lack recognition at work and in broader society?
  • What sort of recognition would society value and make a real difference to our profession?
  • What examples do you all have, that demonstrate that OT is being recognised?
  • What other ways outside of the usual, might give occupational therapy the recognition it needs?

If you want to get some recognition for you, your staff or service, don’t forget to nominate people for this years OT Show Awards! Details here : https://www.theotshow.com/awards

POST CHAT

Chat Host; Jen Gash (@OTcoachUK).This chat is one in a series of chats being hosted in collaboration with the OT Show (@TheOTshow).

Chat Support; @otrach

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript September 18th 2018

The Numbers

1.376M Impressions
453 Tweets
50 Participants
362 Avg Tweets/Hour
Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants