There’s No Innovation Without Courage and No Creativity without Risk: Occupational Therapy and Role Emerging Practice

The central theme of the College of Occupational Therapists 4th Student Conference (2009)  was “Creativity” and “Innovation” in occupational therapy practice.

Innovation is crucial to the expansion and survival of occupational therapy in health and social care. Occupational therapists are trained with the professional skills that not only can be utilised in the constraints of the NHS, but can be implemented creatively in roles external to those traditional settings. However, the burning question that I would like answered is how many occupational therapists are courageous enough to step outside the cosy environment created by the NHS? Without a work force united in revolutionising occupational therapy practice, we will surely fail to live up to our potential!


COT Student Conference 2009

Please find the lecture I gave at the COT Student Conference 2009 on social networking and occupational therapy in the box on the right. Please feel free to download a copy.