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COT Professional Practice Enquiries Service – Here for you!

Anne Keen, is the College’s Professional Advisor in the Professional Practice Enquiries Service. Here, Anne gives an overview of the COT enquiries service, a member benefit which deals with enquiries relating to all aspects of professional practice in the workplace. There are two members of staff dedicated to enquiries – Anne and Kewcha Ambrose (Enquiries … 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

Integration of Care – Opportunities and Challenges

James MacDaid,  Public Affairs Officer for the College of Occupational Therapists discusses Integration of Care – Opportunities and Challenges. Follow James Intro The health, social care and well-being needs of many people are complex, interrelated and often long standing. People may require carefully planned, co-ordinated and delivered interventions from a number of different groups working … Continue reading

Open up your opportunities and consider applying for a COT Annual Award

Mandy Sainty, Research and Development Manager at COT, reflects on why taking the time to apply for funding can pay dividends Funding is undoubtedly tight for many organisations, and this can mean that even relatively small scale activities for CPD, education or research, just don’t get further than a wistful idea. Applying for competitive funding … Continue reading

What’s the point of CPD?

Zoe Parker, Education Officer at COT, discusses critical reflection. Follow Zoe Everybody probably has their own favourite answer to this question but I think that Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is absolutely essential in order to maintain professionalism. Professionalism is hard to define but my personal view is that it is fundamentally about taking pride in … Continue reading

What’s the point of critical reflection and why does the COT Code of CPD talk about this?

Zoe Parker, Education Manager at COT, discusses critical reflection. Follow Zoe The COT Code of continuing professional development  makes several mentions of critical reflective thinking. The College believes that using the term critical reflection avoids the danger of reflection becoming too formulaic or superficial. If we get too used to using a particular pro-forma to … Continue reading

I have been your age but you have not been mine

Karin Tancock talks about the Falls and Fragility networking event held by COT. The College’s networking event on falls and fragility in June centred around recent NICE Quality Standards, the College’s Practice Guideline and a report on frailty by UCL Partners, National Voices and Age UK. The day was structured with short presentations followed by … Continue reading

Our role within a compassionate community

Karin Tancock, Professional Adviser for Older People and Long Term Conditions, talks about our roles as occupational therapists and compassionate communities. Compassionate Communities – What is our role? As the Professional Adviser for Older People and Long Term Conditions, I monitor policies and guidelines relevant to my area of practice.  The Public Health Approaches to … Continue reading

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