2nd National Conference for Occupational Therapists Working in Diverse Settings

The second National Conference for Occupational Therapists Working in Diverse Settings will take place on 6th September 2017.

Following last year’s successful event we are delighted to be hosting the 2nd conference for occupational therapists working in diverse settings. Based on feedback from last year we have planned the day to share more examples from occupational therapists working in a range of exciting practice settings and provide time for more networking and sharing of ideas.

Date: Wednesday 6th September 2017.

Time: Coffee and networking from 9am and conference due to start 9.45-4.30pm

Venue: School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton, Eastbourne Robert Dodd campus, 49 Darley Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 7UR.

Keynote speaker: Dr Jennifer Creek: Skills for a diverse practice of occupational therapy.

The day will include opportunities for networking, presentations from occupational therapists working in a range of diverse practice settings, and a workshop on the new Career Development Framework with Dr Stephanie Tempest, Education Manager for Professional Development, College of Occupational Therapists.

Cost: We wish to keep the cost of the conference low again this year but would invite people to select the price that best reflects their employment earnings.

  • £35 for those earning less than £20,000 and anyone who is presenting at the conference.
  • £50 for those earning in range of £20-30,000
  • £75 for academics attending on behalf of their University

Book your place early to avoid disappointment.

For further information please contact Channine Clarke, c.clarke@brighton.ac.uk / 01273 643771.

 

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.

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

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

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

Award for the most entrepreneurial service

The University of Brighton enterprise programme beepurple recently gave away £10,000 of prizes to entrepreneurial graduates and one of our Occupational Therapy alumni Alice McGarvie received an award for the most entrepreneurial service. Continue reading

College of Occupational Therapists (COT) Conference

Four of the Occupational Therapy team are attending the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) conference at the end of June.

Dr Josh Cameron, Principal Lecturer, is doing a seminar session is entitled: Building resilience for mental health recovery: a Recovery College collaboration. The co-authors are Sussex Partnership Trust OTs Mair Reardon and Anna Kemp; Peer Trainers: Paul Neale and Saff Brooker; and MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) 2015 graduate: Katie Pople.

Dr David Haines, Senior Lecturer, is presenting a poster: “Empowering support workers to enable people with profound learning disabilities to engage in occupation at home”.

Dr Tara Sims, Senior Lecturer, is presenting a paper – “developing a user-informed mentoring programme for adults on the autism spectrum” and a poster – “participatory design with children: implications for their learning and development”.

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 – July 2016

Channine Clarke, Principal Lecturer and Tracy Szekely, Senior Lecturer