OCD Support and Recovery Group

Here is the poster for the OCD Support and Recovery Group

The group is run alternate mondays 6:30-8:30pm at the Mental Health Independent Support Team (MhIST) in Bolton!

 

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Student Occupational Therapist Role Emerging Experiences: Where are they?

Role emerging practice placements are still in their genisis in the UK, however many of the UK and international Universities are offering these fieldwork placements to their students. Practice placement educators are consistently complaining of the demands in clinical practice and the number of placements provided for students are at crisis level. Role emerging placements can both offer a chance for the development and promotion of occupational therapy in non tradtional practice, and contribute to the prevention of placement crisis.

After researching the evidence base in search of the subjective, lived experiences of students who have undertaken these fieldwork placements, to my disappointment, few studies have been reported. Role emerging practice and the development of occupational therapy is an area of personal interest to me and of vital importance to the profession as a whole. Many research articles are asking occupational therapists to “step outside the box” and seek new areas of practice, and to actively encourage and excite students about occupational therapy and the prospect of role emerging practice. My question is why are Universities failing to report the lived experiences of students in these settings? These are of profound importance as they are an invaluable source of knowledge for role establishment and could offer encouragement to other students, and professionals!

 

Isn’t it Time to Develop the Evidence Base for Role Emerging Practice?

I was thinking today about the limited evidence base on role emerging practice and it got me thinking that we, as a body of professionals, have to think of strategies to overcome this problem.

If we are to look beyond the NHS and traditional roles, which as occupational therapists we find ourselves in, shouldn’t we start to build the evidence base around these areas? Furthermore, isn’t it time that we who are promoters of role emerging practice advocate to other professionals what the benefits are of working in a non-traditional setting and should the COT promote this branch of practice collaboratively with us?

I was surfing the COT website and couldn’t help but notice the lack of support for role emerging practice within the “Specialist Sections”. Isn’t role emerging practice “specialist” and does it not warrant a “Specialist Section”?