Czech Republic National OT News

News from Czech Republic, February 2011

The last six months has brought
– new number of the newsletter of our NA (“Bulletin CAE“)
– the celebrations of the World Day of Occupational Therapy with a great success (you can read a bit more beneath this article)
– the translation of key terminology terms (ENOTHE consensus terms) has been adopted by the NA Board and was sent to the ENOTHE Office ENOTHE Terminology Group
– cooperation with other paramedical profession on the proposal for the legislative changes
– we have been dealing with a big problem concerning the specialization of OT´s and financing of the OT interventions in the health care institutions (the communication with the responsible authorities – ministry of health care and the National center for paramedical professions is still very difficult.
– we have participated on the conference of psychopedy in the way of interdisciplinary dialogue

NA action plan for 2011
(only the most important information were chosen)

1) Newsletter NA (“Bulletin CAE“) – regular spring and autumn number in electronic form
2) Revision of the Code of Ethics NA – responding the call of COTEC, initiation of the working group
3) Organize a national OT conference (June 2011)
4) Apply a project concerning propagation of the profession
5) Participation on the COTEC meetings
6) Promotion of the OT in Czech Republic (April as a month of OT and a Day of OT in October, participation on the promotional activities of other paramedical professions and NGO´s
7) Participation on the autumn ENOTHE meeting
8) Initiation of the  working group oriented on the preparation of the proposal of financing of the OT interventions in the health care institutions

World Day of Occupational Therapy

Czech Association of Occupational Therapists has participated the celebrations of the World Day of Occupational Therapy for the first time in its history. The Association encouraged its members to participate in the celebrations through informal visible promotion of profession at their workplaces or neighbourhood. The call was focused not only on the therapists in practice, but also to all schools providing education for students of Occupational Therapy in Czech Republic. On this occasion the Committee of our NA organized a seminar on the use of creative techniques in Occupational Therapy.

Committee was very pleased with the positive feedback that we have received from the participants. The 1st Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague joined in the celebrations with the students (as the only one of four Czech OT schools). Seminar organized by the NA had 25 participants (capacity was 30). We don´t know about the involvement of Occupational Therapists in their practice yet, but we hope they will let us know. Even in seemingly small numbers, we consider our celebrations as a great success, because the celebration of the World Day of Occupational Therapy didn´t have any tradition in our country. We hope that we will continue with this tradition in coming years! On behalf of the Czech Association of Occupational Therapists Jana Matochova


News from Czech Republic, August 2010

The last six months has brought
– new number of the newsletter of our NA (“Bulletin CAE“)
– NA Conference 2010, it was very interesting, inspiring and successful
– the Annual General Meeting of NA (4.6.2010), on programme was to inform members about activities, plans and motivate members for cooperation with the Board or with the working groups, etc.
– NA Terminology Working Group – has finished the translation of key terminology terms (consensus terms) in cooperation with ENOTHE, the material is ready for adoption of the NA Board, than it will be sent to ENOTHE Terminology Group. The translation was introduced to the NA´s members during the Annual General Meeting
– new elections to the NA Board of 2010, which means a lot of changes for the Board, but likely our president Jana Jelinkova was elected and has approved to continue in the same position to ensure the continuation of our work. A big „Thank You“ to her!
– unfortunately we did not manage to come to Zagreb or to Helsinki COTEC meeting
– the idea of “April – the month of Occupational Therapy” (information campaign to raise awareness about Occupational Therapy), was not succesfull, the Board is preparing the new strategy for the next year
– we have to deal with a big problem concerning the specialization of OT´s, NA President is in a contact with ministry of health care, but the communication is very difficult.

NA action plan for autumn and winter 2010
(only the most important information were chosen)

1) Newsletter NA (“Bulletin CAE“) – regular autumn number in electronic form
2) Revision of the Code of Ethics NA – responding the call of COTEC, initiation of the working group
3) Organize at least one educational activity for OT´s, for example course on taping
4) Participation on the conference of psychopedy
5) Apply a project concerning seniors to the Fundation of Air Traffic
6) Prepare a proposal for specialized study of OT´s (upon the request of the Ministry of Health Care)


News from Czech Republic, February 2010

In the past few years, it has happened quite a lot in the field of Occupational therapy in the Czech Republic. The number of OT´s university study programmes has increased up to the current four. There have been many changes in legislation. National conferences and other educational activities have been organized regularly. I consider as very important the restoration of a NA newsletter (in an electronic form) and two printed publications. In 2008 it was a Czech translation of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (published by NA) and in 2009 the title “Occupational therapy” (published by Portal) authors are Jana Jelinkova – president of NA, Maria Krivosikova – former President of NA and also former delegate of COTEC and Ludmila Sajtarova – active member of the NA Committee. The last named book is an introduction to OT and well fits as a textbook for OT students, OT practitioners and other professionals.

NA action plan in 2010
(only the most important information was chosen)

1) Newsletter NA (“Bulletin CAE“) – regular two numbers in a year
2) NA Conference 2010 – date 4 – 5.6. 2010, the venue of Education Faculty, Charles University in Prague
3) Revision of the Code of Ethics NA – responding the call of COTEC, initiation of the working group
4) NA Terminology Working Group – release the agreed translation of key terms (consensus terms) in cooperation with ENOTHE
5) International cooperation – participation of NA delegate on at least one COTEC meeting 2010
6) New elections to the NA committee of 2010
7) The Annual General Meeting of NA – information about activities, plans and addressing members to cooperate with the Committee, participation in working groups, etc.
8) Annual Report of 2009
9) April – the month of Occupational Therapy (information campaign to raise awareness of Occupational Therapy)