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Occupational therapy – The NHS needs to stop reinventing the wheel and recognise what works

Julia Scott, Chief Executive of the College of Occupational Therapists calls on leaders throughout the health and care system to recognise how Occupational Therapy can help to improve lives and save the NHS and other care services money. Follow Julia on Twitter. Given that I lead the College of Occupational Therapists it is unlikely to … Continue reading

Being a BAOT steward: extending the reach of occupational therapy

Michelle England explains what led her to become active in the union and shares her experience of standing up for BAOT members at work. I first got involved in BAOT/UNISON when Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) were created in 2001. During this time, AHPs were being made to move from their familiar acute settings over to … Continue reading

Help us with the Career Development Framework

Zoe Parker, the College’s Education Officer shows how you can help us to develop the Career Development Framework. Follow Zoe on Twitter. All COT members would have hopefully seen this advert in the September edition of OTNews: “The evolution of the Post Qualifying Framework (COT: 2006) has begun and now we are asking for your help. … 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

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

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

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