Eating Disorders, Mental Health

Call for #EDAW15 Volunteers: Eating Disorders and Occupational Therapy Q&A’s

Last year, @pd2ot and I hosted an #OTalk tweetchat about occupational therapy and eating disorders for Eating Disorders Awareness Week (#EDAW14). We had 63 participants, and tweets from the chat made 659,387 impressions. Eating Disorders Awareness Week is a chance to raise awareness and understanding of eating disorders, challenge stereotypes and stigmas and raise funds for… Continue reading Call for #EDAW15 Volunteers: Eating Disorders and Occupational Therapy Q&A’s

Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

12 Days of #OTalk (2014)

As 2014 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on another fantastic year of #OTalk. One of the things I love most about #OTalk is how it brings such a diverse range of people together to talk about really varied topics. Below are some of my favourite chats of the year. While I've only included… Continue reading 12 Days of #OTalk (2014)

Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

Announcement: New Role!

Before you jump to conclusions, I haven't left my job! I'm currently on the train back from the College of Occupational Therapists Mental Health Specialist Section (COTSS-MH) meeting in (freezing cold, but ever-beautiful) York, and will be taking over as communications officer. It's been a really fun and informative day, and I'm looking forward to… Continue reading Announcement: New Role!

Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

Following #TheOTShow from afar: mental health sessions

I love live tweeting from conferences. Not only does it help me to focus, it also makes me feel connected to other delegates - and to people reading from the comfort of their own homes. Today, I was one of those far-away people: reading tweets from the OT Show in Birmingham with my dog on… Continue reading Following #TheOTShow from afar: mental health sessions

Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

Physical and Mental Health: Bridging the Gap

My first placement was on an acute medical ward. I remember being so disappointed when I found out. "I want a mental health placement" I complained (*insert foot stamping here*), having known for many years that this was the clinical area I wanted to go into. Through all the transfers, cups of tea and washing… Continue reading Physical and Mental Health: Bridging the Gap

Occupational Therapy

Discovering Radically Open-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT)

I've had an interest in using psychological approaches in occupational therapy for some time. Last year, I completed a six-month course in Cognitive Analytic Therapy skills - training that still influences my practice. This year, I'm learning something new: Radically Open Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT). RO-DBT, developed by Professor Thomas Lynch, is an adaptation of standard DBT, designed for people… Continue reading Discovering Radically Open-Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (RO-DBT)

Presentations, Third Culture Kids

The Kawa Model in Research: Exploring a Third Culture Kid’s Experience

This video was created for the first Kawa International Symposium at Tokyo University of Technology, on the 17th of June 2014.   References: Adriansen, H.K. and Madsen, L.M. (2009) 'Studying the Making of Geographical Knowledge: The Implications of Insider Interviews', Norwegian Journal of Geography, 63(3), pp. 145-153 Pollock, D.C. and Van Reken, R.E. (2009) Third Culture… Continue reading The Kawa Model in Research: Exploring a Third Culture Kid’s Experience


#OTalkOnTour – #COT2014 (3rd-5th June 2014)

Tweet/message me if you’re going to COT so we can meet up! 🙂



The #OTalk team are on tour again! Kirsty, Helen and Clarissa will be at the College of Occupational Therapists annual conference in Brighton (3rd-5th June). Unfortunately, Gillian isn’t able to make it this year, but her posters (P141 ‘Underpinning reablement assessment with occupational therapy theory and philosophy‘ and P150 ‘The added value of occupational therapy – Reablement Pilot Evaluation‘) will be on display.

We will be presenting two sessions about #OTalk:

And will be at the following social events:

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Mental Health, Occupational Therapy

5 Ways Physiotherapists Influenced My Practice

This week's #OTalk is about reflecting on our own experiences of health and social care. I wrote a blog post entitled 'When Occupational Therapy Goes Right' for a previous #OTalk with a similar topic a few months ago. When I revisited it today, I realised that I had neglected to reflect on my own experience… Continue reading 5 Ways Physiotherapists Influenced My Practice


#OTalk Research – Survey Completion Request

If you’ve ever participated in #OTalk, accessed the blog or seen others take part, please take a few minutes to complete our survey.


The OTalk Team has been awarded ethical approval to conduct a survey evaluating the impact of OTalk.

Please find below:

A copy of the Participant Information

A link to the Survey

A sample tweet/status for you to share with your followers (feel free to copy and paste this).

Participant Information

Research Title
#OTalk – an evaluation of the experiences and impact of a weekly occupational therapy twitterchat.

Purpose of this research
This form is designed to collect responses on your experience with the Twitter chat that uses the hashtag #OTalk (also including previous chats using the hashtag #occhat).

The purpose of this research is to evaluate the impact of #OTalk on a number of factors including:
Opinions and knowledge of occupational therapy and occupational science.
Engagement in Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Changes to Practice.

It is also important to form a better understanding of enablers and barriers to engagement…

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