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The multifarious paths to research

April’s CPD post provided insights from occupational therapists about starting out and engaging in research, and highlighted how common it is for researchers to experience a sense of being an ‘imposter’. A perhaps related phenomenon is the notion that there is a ‘correct’ path to becoming a researcher, which has to be taken at a … Continue reading

Releasing your potential: how the COT Awards can support innovation in the practice setting

Mandy Sainty, Research and Development Manager at COT, highlights that whilst there are undoubtedly challenges, opportunities do exist to support innovation, such as the COT Awards. When you are feeling under pressure just to complete the core requirements of your post, it can be difficult to believe that innovation is possible. Your time is precious, … Continue reading

Have you explored the Learning Zone yet?

Zoe Parker, the College’s Education Officer gives a rundown on the new Learning Zone at the COT site. Follow Zoe on Twitter. The Learning Zone has a new look and new content to support your CPD. We are a year away from the next HCPC audit and this is a great time to take stock of … Continue reading

#COT2016 – Learning from conference using social and digital media

Zoe Parker, the College’s Education Officer gives a rundown on how to reflect and find out more about annual conference for CPD. Follow Zoe on Twitter. Even if you could not attend in person there are plenty of ways you can use the content from conference and the responses on Twitter as the inspiration for CPD … Continue reading

Using social media to get the most out of Conference #COT2016 as a first timer

Zoe Parker, the College’s Education Officer gives a rundown on annual conference for first timers. Follow Zoe on Twitter. This year we have more people than ever coming to our annual conference. We are delighted to be welcoming more than 500 students, and many other delegates will also be attending for the first time. The … Continue reading

Uncertainty, imposter syndrome and the journey to becoming a ‘real’ researcher

Pauline McDonald, a Research and Development Officer at the College of Occupational Therapists If you think that engaging in research is beyond your skills and capabilities, you are not alone, but you could be holding yourself back from embarking on an interesting and rewarding career path. It is not uncommon for occupational therapists who have … Continue reading

Looking in the mirror is not always easy, but it’s a starting place

Alicia Ridout, Conference Programme Committee member for the 2016  College of Occupational Therapists annual conference, on management and leadership development. Follow Alicia on Twitter. Some years ago I was part of a year-long leadership course that had a massive impact on me, my view of the world, and my responses to things that were happening … Continue reading

Research … the support is out there

Pauline McDonald, a Research and Development Officer at the College of Occupational Therapists, with the first in a series of research blogs. For many therapists, ‘research’ can feel somewhat esoteric, beyond their reach, something that other people do. However, becoming more actively involved in research needn’t be a step into the unknown. This post will … Continue reading

Have you booked your place at the College of Occupational Therapists 40th Annual Conference?

Zoe Parker the College’s Education Officer takes a peek at our annual conference. Follow Zoe. This year is extra special because it’s our fortieth and as ever it’s a marvellous CPD opportunity. It makes a great example of a significant learning event for you to celebrate in your profile if you are chosen for audit … Continue reading

Digital learning resources to support CPD – do you know what’s out there?

Zoe Parker, Education Officer at COT, discusses digital learning resources to support CPD. Follow Zoe As many of our members know there’s so much to be found on the BAOT website to support learning and professional development that it can be hard to keep up with it. To compound this rather nice problem there is … Continue reading

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