Transitioning from being a student to a qualified occupational therapist is a demanding time at the start of your professional career and can sometimes be quite challenging: received knowledge crashes headlong into a barrage of real-world exceptions. The identity and lifestyle of a student ceases as the world of work replaces it.
Sound familiar to you now or perhaps it rekindles past memories?
In March 2020 The Elizabeth Casson Trust commissioned an exciting project with Dr Lynne Goodacre, an occupational therapist, researcher and personal coach and Rob Young, an artist and writer who helps NHS Leaders to communicate. The purpose of the project, called Year 1: Thriving not Surviving, was to create resources to support the wellbeing of newly qualified occupational therapists in their first year of practice.
Ten first year occupational therapists answered a call to work with Lynne and Rob. Over the course of six months they engaged with the wider occupational therapy community to co-produce a series of freely available self-coaching resources. Their commitment, energy and time has ensured that the resources are embedded in the real-life experiences of this community.
If you are in your first year of practice, download and take a look at the guides. They are not meant to be worked through in one go but are designed to help you pause, reflect and work on aspects of your life which may be challenging. Dip into whichever best meets your needs and, as the group themselves said, ‘I need to remember to OT myself’.
The Swedish Association of Occupational Therapists has established a grant award in the name of Inga-Britt Lindström, who has been the president of the organisation in 1970-2008. We invite applications from foreign occupational therapists and occupational therapy students. The grant is offered to individuals or teams from countries where occupational therapy is under development and countries listed as low- or lower-middle-income economics, according to the World Bank List.
The maximum amount of the grant is 10 000 Swedish Kronor (about USD 980) per year.
Application form and instructions are available on our website: www.arbetsterapeuterna.se/iblaward
Application closes at October 31, 2020.
As announced in the COTEC’s March 2020 Newsletter, COTEC has attended a very interesting symposium organised by the European Knowledge Tree Group for eHealth.
If you would like to know more about the group’s work you can read more in their latest newsletter – https://mailchi.mp/c84ca4a4f55d/ektg-newsletter-5-first-draft-2678129?e=e52947e543
You can also find information on how to join their upcoming webinars.
The Electoral Committee would like to announce that nominations are now open for the following positions within the COTEC Executive Committee:
- Vice-President Finance
- Vice-President Administration
- 2 Members
More information can be found in the document attached. Nominations have been extended until the 13th July 2020.