Let’s share the benefit …of Occupational Therapy!

It’s not every day that you can say that your blog has had over 36,000 views from different corners of the world, however it is clear that this lady is exceptional, and she deserves every bit of recognition!

Cancer survivor Alice McGarvie is spreading the word worldwide on the benefits of occupational therapy (OT) – and her message has gone viral.

The University of Brighton graduate’s blog is being hailed as one of the clearest explanations of the benefits of Occupational Therapy.

Having graduated last year with an MSc in Occupational Therapy, Alice now runs her own practice offering OT and ‘harp therapy’, using the ancient instrument to provide “a soothing and calming sound” as therapy.

Her career was boosted when she shared in £10,000 prize money from the university’s enterprise programme beepurple for entrepreneurial students and graduates, a scheme funded by Santander Universities.

Alice last year underwent surgery for breast cancer and afterwards found herself providing OT to herself: “I was unable to run, so I had to adapt and substitute running with walking. I could not reach or lift things so again I had to adapt by placing things in reach, and getting help with the heavy stuff. I was fatigued so I had to learn to pace myself throughout the day and I had trouble sleeping so I developed a good sleep hygiene routine.

“I was being my own occupational therapist, making adaptations to the way I do things and to my environment to enable me to live life my way, and continue doing my occupations.

“This is what occupational therapists do, we treat the person, not the diagnosis…”

Tania Wiseman, Alice’s OT course leader at the university, said: “Alice has been able to explain Occupational Therapy in a way that has attracted some of the world’s most renowned therapists. She is quite remarkable.”

In helping to create further awareness about this therapy and help others understand why it’s important – let’s continue to share the benefit of OT. With over 36,000 views – wouldn’t it be amazing if we could help her reach 50,000 views?!

Read and share Alice’s blog now, to help raise awareness about OT, and how this contributed to Alice’s amazing and inspirational journey.

For more information on related courses at the University of Brighton click here.

New Postgraduate Certificate in Education- ‘Transforming professional practice through Education’

 

A new interprofessional Postgraduate Certificate in Education is expected to start In October 2016.  This new programme has been designed to critically develop health professional educator’s knowledge, competence and confidence to a strategic level for their educational role at work, both in practice and academic institutions. The aims of the programme are:

 

  • To enable health professionals to critically develop their competence and confidence in a range of teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation strategies in health, social care and higher education practice settings.
  • To develop the in-depth knowledge and skills of health professionals with an educational role or interest in teaching and learning so that they may design, plan, lead and manage creative, considered, supportive learning experiences which meet the initial and continuing learning needs of individuals working and learning in health, social care and HEI settings.
  • To provide the framework for exposure to exciting and comprehensive experiences in teaching, learning, assessment and evaluation that will achieve the UK Professional Standards framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education requirements.

The course can be taken full time over one academic year or part time over two academic years. Students undertake three modules (20 credits each) and the course is delivered through a blended learning experience with attendance of learning activities and workshops expected at University alongside structured `e` activity.  All applications are reviewed and shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.

If you have a question about this course, our enquiries team will be happy to help.

01273 644644
enquiries@brighton.ac.uk

Contacts:

Channine Clarke   01273 643771   c.clarke@brighton.ac.uk

Tracy Szekely       01273 643947   T.szekely@brighton.ac.uk

Sara Hadland       01273 643873   S.Hadland@brighton.ac.uk

 

Source: Occupational Therapy newsletter – Feb 2016

Channine Clarke, Principal Lecturer and Tracy Szekely, Senior Lecturer

First National Conference for Occupational Therapists working or interested in diverse settings – 7th September 2016

 

Occupational Therapy Flyer

Channine Clarke and Sarah Mead are currently planning a one day conference / workshop for occupational therapists working in diverse settings. It will take place on Wednesday 7th September 2016 on the Eastbourne site and will include keynote sessions with Dr Jennifer Creek (speaking about her PHD research in this area of practice), Professor Gaynor Sadlo (application of occupational science in diverse practice) and Julia Scott from COT (reflecting on the way forward for OT practice). The day will also include facilitated workshops where OT’s can reflect on how their role can be evidenced against the HCPC standards for registration and explore gaps in research in this area of practice and how they measure outcomes. The day will cost £25.

 

Contacts:

Channine Clarke   01273 643771   c.clarke@brighton.ac.uk

Tracy Szekely       01273 643947   T.szekely@brighton.ac.uk

Sara Hadland       01273 643873   S.Hadland@brighton.ac.uk

 

Source: Occupational Therapy newsletter – Feb 2016

Channine Clarke, Principal Lecturer and Tracy Szekely, Senior Lecturer

CPD opportunities at the University of Brighton – Health Professional as an Educator Module

If you are looking to enhance your occupational therapy practice, at the University of Brighton we have opportunities for you. Our occupational therapy courses are part of the University’s Graduate Programme in Health and Social Sciences. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go, from Postgraduate Certificate to Masters degree. It also gives you access to a range of interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects. Modules have been designed to make it easier to learn whilst learning, including online modules, which allow you to study at times when it is convenient for you.

 

  • Health Professional as an Educator Module.

Duration and mode: 5 days (4 days in sept and 1 day in December 2016)

Location: Eastbourne

 

Practitioners in many realms of health, social care and diverse practice settings have an increasing role to play in the education of students from Higher Education Institutions, service users, newly qualified staff, support workers, other professions and members of the public. The module is designed to enhance the skills necessary to enable professionals to develop their role as an educator in the work-based setting. The module will focus on professionals’ educational role with any learner, including students, staff, service users, families / carers, interprofessional teams, and the public. Successful completion of this module will provides accreditation with the College of Occupational Therapists (Accredited Practice Placement Educator – APPLE). Participants will also be eligible for accreditation with the Higher Education Academy as an ‘Associate Fellow’ (D1).

For further information please email Channine Clarke (module leader): C.Clarke@brighton.ac.uk

 

Contacts:

Channine Clarke   01273 643771   c.clarke@brighton.ac.uk

Tracy Szekely       01273 643947   T.szekely@brighton.ac.uk

Sara Hadland       01273 643873   S.Hadland@brighton.ac.uk

 

Source: Occupational Therapy newsletter – Feb 2016

Channine Clarke, Principal Lecturer and Tracy Szekely, Senior Lecturer

Contemporary Issues in the health and wellbeing of older people

One of our MSc post-registration modules, Contemporary Issues in the health and wellbeing of older people, now includes two dementia sessions on carers and the use of technology together with a presentation on compassion. These new sessions run alongside previous sessions and presentations from tutors and clinicians on current practice and research. Please contact Tracy Szekely, module leader for further information. T.szekely@brighton.ac.uk

 

Contacts:

Channine Clarke   01273 643771   c.clarke@brighton.ac.uk

Tracy Szekely       01273 643947   T.szekely@brighton.ac.uk

Sara Hadland       01273 643873   S.Hadland@brighton.ac.uk

 

Source: Occupational Therapy newsletter – Feb 2016

Channine Clarke, Principal Lecturer and Tracy Szekely, Senior Lecturer

Resilience Workshop – Occupational Therapy

Two SHS occupational therapy lecturers delivered a lively workshop entitled ‘Resilience for ourselves and our clients’ to approximately 50 occupational therapists at their South East regional study day at the College of Occupational Therapists headquarters in London on 13th July. Continue reading

Research paper published in British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Dr Josh Cameron has had a research paper published in May’s edition of BJOT. Please see link below:

Return-to-work support for employees with mental health problems: Identifying and responding to key challenges of sick leave

Josh Cameron, Gaynor Sadlo, Angie Hart, and Carl Walker

Practice Placement Educators Courses for 2016/7 – Occupational Therapy

Practice Placement Educators Courses

The practice educators’ courses for the next academic year will be:

Falmer:            day 1 Sept 9th         day 2: April 5th

Eastbourne:    day 1 Jan 18th          day 2: 17th May

Eastbourne:    day 1 March 8th        day 2: 19th July

Day one will include theory, practical tasks and information related to practice education for the two OT courses at Brighton. Participants will then be required to take a student for at least one placement before returning for a second educator’s day which will focus on reflections, group discussions and additional learning related to their experiences of taking students. If you have been qualified for 18months and would like to start taking students and want to do the educators course then please contact Lisa Harford to reserve a place: L.E.Harford@brighton.ac.uk . Continue reading

Inspiring OT graduate – CircusAid project

Inspiring graduate Sophie Thwaites has spent the past few months working on a project called CircusAid, with another couple of occupational therapists based in America. They are raising and collecting funds for an interactive project to address the mental health and loss of occupational roles currently experienced by the refugees in Calais, through providing circus activities that promote resilience, solidarity and hope.  Continue reading