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  • Why Occupational Therapy Saved Ellie

    A weird thing happened the other week. I’d just been to an Occupational Therapy conference and, because I had saturated Twitter with posts about what had been going on, I ended up in a conversation around how Occupational Therapy had really benefited people. I encouraged them to write down what had been helpful to them. I thought very little of this until lo and behold this turned up in my inbox. Most OTs will find this a fairly interesting read. Just to introduce Ellie: she is someone I met at the British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder annual conference, in Cardiff last year. She ended up being highly commended for her poster 'The Impact of Activity and Occupation on Borderline Personality Disorder'. She’s a big advocate for OT and at some point I hope she becomes one. Enjoy her tale… Three years ago I was a very lost young woman. I was sectioned in an acute psychiatric ward for the fifth time, after years of borderline personality disorder (BPD) and an eating disorder slowly dragging my life away from me. My daily routine consisted of spending the nights in accident and emergency (A&E), getting stitched up after self-harm, coming back home in the early hours, sleeping in the day, self harming again in the evening, back to A&E - and so the cycle continued…Sometimes with the occasional break of an overdose or suicide attempt and sometimes with the addition of multiple trips to A&E in a day. I was admitted to A&E over 200 times in less than a year. But something about this admission was different to the last. As someone who is pretty damn intelligent (if I do say so myself), acute wards are pretty dangerous for me, as I get very bored and spend my hours conjuring up inventive ways to hurt myself. So generally, acute admissions had brought no benefit apart from new self-harm methods. However, the big difference with this admission is that the ward that I was on had double doors at one end, that led straight through to the occupational therapy (OT) department. And this is where the first glimpses of healing began. Here there were things to do, things to keep my mind and my hands occupied; I could make my own meals (which helped with my eating disorder). The staff had more time to chat to me and help me process my situation than the staff on the ward, that were rushed off their feet with medications and observations. I was also more willing to talk. It's easier to chat to someone whilst you’re doing another task - rather than artificially sitting opposite someone in a chair, in a box room with no windows. Entries in the notes from around that time show that I was considered 'complex', 'a disruptive influence on the ward' and someone who would be in the system a long time. However, when I speak to the staff in that OT department from that time, they don’t recall that side of me. I was like a totally different person once I went through those double doors. Here I was celebrated for who I am. Staff encouraged me to teach other people to hoop (my favourite hobby), to write poems and explore art, to have a go at yoga and spend time outside. This also coincided with me coming off all my medication which, after years on antipsychotics, meant that I suddenly had a clearer head and could actually engage with these things, rather than just going through the motions. I was starting to FEEL again. One day, the lead OT asked me if I would like to come and sit on the Therapeutic Activities Development Group, as a service user representative. He felt that I had a lot to contribute to ideas for activities, in the inpatient areas of the mental health trust. The first meeting was a fortnight after I was discharged from hospital. I hadn’t got out of bed or washed in over a week; I vividly remember turning up still with pyjama bottoms on and steristrips on my face. I didn’t want to go; I was anxious about being the only service user in the room and having nothing to contribute. But, to my surprise, I had a really positive reception and professionals were turning round to me and asking my opinion and valuing my input. I walked out of that meeting and went home. I had a shower, changed my clothes and felt a glimmer of hope that maybe there was something I could do in the world. I was admitted to a specialist unit in a different city for a year after that, which changed my life. All through it I worked remotely on tasks for the group and returned to Sheffield for monthly meetings, if I was able. Part-way through the year I was asked if I would like to start volunteering in the OT department on the ward; gathering service-user feedback about activity provision and just generally helping out. It meant that I had something to work towards and keep well for on my return to Sheffield - a city where I had been living a dysfunctional life for so long previously. Fast-forward a further two years and I can’t believe how far I’ve come since attending a once-monthly meeting in my pyjamas! I spent a year volunteering in OT on the ward. During that time I learnt so much; I got opportunities to present what I was doing to the rest of the Trust and this lead to further people being interested in getting me involved. I started to deliver training on mental health to police officers and A&E staff, telling my story to people on induction to our Trust, running workshops and attending conferences. My life is full of hobbies and activity (I roller skate in skate parks and take part in other circus activities). From one person believing in me - and the power of occupation on someone’s recovery (even though they are very unwell), I am now employed by the Trust. I use my lived experience in my role as patient ambassador in medical education and research. I still volunteer and I still speak about my experiences and advocate for the impact of occupation and activity on recovery. I even wrote a poster presentation on the topic, which came highly commended at BIGSPD 2018, which was a huge boost to my confidence and also helped me get to where I am today. My two years since returning to Sheffield have not been great in my personal life. I have battled with homelessness and been fighting for care; there have been a lot of issues with services (some of which have been quite frankly traumatic), which did not resolve certain unmet needs, that are still impacting on my life significantly. It has been incredibly hard to keep going. But one of the reasons I have been able to soldier on is that now I have a purpose and a value in my existence. I’m appreciated for what I bring to the table in mental health in the city and for speaking out about my experiences. I have a future ahead of me and a whole new potential career path I would never have envisaged. And if that doesn’t end up working out then I’d actually love to become an occupational therapist. I’ve learnt to put the bad stuff that has happened to me to good use and, for the first time, I am excited about the future. And I honestly don’t think it would have been possible if it wasn’t for that OT department believing in me and encouraging me when I was in my darkest times. Occupation and activity is my medicine and it is what keeps me alive every day. You can hear more from Ellie here on this podcast Ellie talks lots of sense on Twitter: @elliewildbore Keir Harding provides clinical supervision, therapy, consultation and training via Beam Consultancy

  • Everything you need to know to start practicing a body scan

    As an occupational therapist (OT) working with people with invisible health challenges, I've found mindfulness to be one of the most powerful tools that I have. Personally, the practice of mindfulness has helped me to build my own resilience and be with people with pain without feeling overwhelm. Having a regular practice has allowed me to bring more compassion to myself and my clients. When I'm working with clients as an OT, I've found the body scan is a good first meditation. I can vary the length easily. My clients can do the meditation in any position that is comfortable for them. The practice can help them contact with their own body, sensations and breath. Whether my clients are dealing with pain, sleep difficulties, mood issues or overwhelm, this is often a good starting practice. I do make sure to remind clients that it is not necessarily relaxing. In fact, when we are bringing awareness to what is, we may notice more pain or more fatigue, or more thoughts than we expect. When I'm teaching mindfulness meditation courses, one of the first practices that I introduce is the body scan meditation. In fact, most evidence-based mindfulness programs that I've come across begin with a body scan. During the first week of my course for OTs, the new participants in Deepen Your Practice: Mindfulness for Occupational Therapists are invited to practice the body scan daily. What's the body scan? The body scan is a practice in which we bring awareness to each part of our body in turn. Most people do this lying down or sitting, but it can be done in any position. We can lead ourselves or listen to a teacher guide us. There is no movement needed in the practice, just bringing our attention to the body. Why start with the body scan? Connecting with our physical body is the first step in bringing awareness to our present life. As we bring more awareness to ourselves, it is like we are peeling back layers. The outer most layer is the physical body. The body scan is not necessarily relaxing. It's about increasing our awareness of what's present and, if we're in pain or distress, that's what we'll notice. With repeated practice, we may gain some insight which can inform our decisions about how we take care of our body. Becoming more aware of our bodies can also help us learn to recognise emotions in our bodies when we move our mindfulness beyond our physical self. How do I do a body scan? Arrange to have 10-30 minutes of time when you're likely to be able to stay awake. Find a space where you're unlikely to be disturbed. Set yourself up in a comfortable sitting or lying position. You may want to use some pillows, blankets or an eye cover to support your practice. Turn off your phone (or put it on 'do not disturb' mode, if you're listening to a guided meditation on your phone). Close your eyes, or let your gaze fall softly in front of you. Bring awareness to your breathing, without the need to change it. Bring awareness to the sensations in your feet. Take some breaths here. Gradually, move up your body and pay close attention to each area. If your mind wanders (which it will), bring it back to the last body part that you can recall or continue from where your teacher is now leading you. Spend a few more minutes noticing your natural inhale and exhale. Get up slowly. Can I listen to a recording? If you would prefer to listen to a recorded version, I've got one on the Insight Timer app. You'll need to sign up for the free version of the Insight Timer to gain access. Can I get a handout? I have a handout that you can use yourself, or with clients, available for free download.

  • Why do we recommend mindfulness for people in pain?

    Let's face it, when we are in pain and we slow down to notice what's present, we just notice more pain! Yet, there is good evidence out there that having a mindfulness practice can improve quality of life for people living with pain. I've experienced it. I've seen my clients and students experience it. When we practice mindfulness regularly, it can help calm the nervous system. We can be more aware of when we are bracing in response to pain (or anticipated pain). It can also allow us to be more aware of the negative self-talk, guilt and shame that we're piling on top of the physical pain. When we are in pain, our awareness of our bodies decreases (because we all want to avoid unpleasant sensations). But that also means that we decrease our awareness of the pleasant sensations. One of the benefits of practicing mindfulness is that we can start to notice the pleasant sensations again, without getting flooded by the unpleasant ones. As we become more aware of what's going on with our body, breath, emotions and thoughts, we can start to make wiser decisions about our lives. Over time, we can move towards living well, despite the pain. Again and again, I've seen clients with pain increase their participation in their lives after 4-8 weeks of mindfulness practice. Once again, they are able to live well, despite their pain. And once the negative emotions and self-talk decrease, the pain probably goes down too! For more information, you can check out these resources: Body Scan Meditation guide, under Free Resources of my website Your Are Not Your Pain, by Viyamala Burch

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  • Occupational Therapy and Coronavirus

    A Community Forum for sharing practice experiences, advice and support, in a time of change and occupational adjustment... As the global community reacts to the COVID-19 pandemic, clinicians, service users and the public are having to adjust to new ways of living and working. In an uncertain climate, occupational balance, engagement and participation will be inevitably affected. Whilst fundamental to slowing the spread of the virus, social distancing and isolation are also likely to impact on physical and mental health and well-being... Occupational Therapy Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic - WFOT Public Statement: 'The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the lives, health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities worldwide... As a profession, we recognise the consequences and changes that are occurring in how people access and undertake their occupations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include, but are not limited to: accessing resources, activities of daily living, communication, mobility, social isolation, displacement, mental health and wellbeing. Occupational therapists understand the vital need to access and use infection control measures, combined with the need to sustain good psychological, mental health and stamina in order to stay safe and healthy. Occupational therapists will be working with people to develop strategies to facilitate continued access to their occupations. These will include, but will not be limited to: individual, family, community, social and environmental adaptation, mental health, assistive technology and telehealth.' > Read more from the World Federation of Occupational Therapists In the spirit of care and collaboration, The Occupational Therapy Hub offers you this dedicated space for open dialogue, on themes such as (but not limited to): Adapting occupational therapy practice Adapting occupational therapy education and studies Supporting specific client groups Coping strategies, to offer fellow colleagues or those you support We invite you to engage below, in discussions that have the potential to support you and others, worldwide. All the best, The Occupational Therapy Hub Team

  • Introducing your free Occupational Therapy Journal Club

    Online journal clubs in medical field have been active for quite some time now (medicine, radiology and nursing to name a few). However, only a couple of regional online Occupational therapy journal clubs have been active. We at The OT hub with the privilege of having a global community , are pleased to introduce an Open Access Online Journal Club . For those who don’t know what a Journal club is or how it functions, here is a short description about it. The WHAT, HOW and WHY A traditional journal club is a group of individuals who meet regularly to discuss critically the clinical applicability of articles in current medical journals . They were usually facilitated by a leader who selects a relevant article, prepares some learning points for discussions ahead of the meeting and guided face to face discussions with the participants There is an over hundred years of unrecorded history for journal clubs in medical education. With a history of over a century, Journal clubs have acted as a powerful education tool. Traditional journal clubs evolved in healthcare to encourage scholarly activity and research awareness through reading and discussion of journal articles. Traditional Journal clubs however face challenges of scheduling participants and facilitators, recruiting local experts and having a limited local impact. As Occupational therapist or perhaps this applies to any healthcare professionals, we are faced with the problem of keeping abreast with the rapidly enlarging volume of contemporary medical literature. With the advent of modern digital technologies, online education and learning is proving a boon for us as we are constantly pressed against time. Also not to forget, the need of the hour for our profession right know is incorporating Evidence Based Practices. Research has proven that Journal clubs are an effective method for improving the evidence based practice knowledge and skills. HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO IT An open access article will be selected once every two months. The topic and article would be of the host's/facilitator's choice, details about the reviewed article will be posted in the Journal club section of our community forum’s page. The club will then be open for discussions , learning and participation. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator,reviewing an article and leading discussions in the club feel free to contact us. Also if you wish for us for include your research papers/articles in the club. Send us a link /pdf ( It should be an open access article if published in any journals). Or simply leave a comment below and we will get back to you. Stay tuned and Namaste for now. Charmi Shah Community forum lead from Mumbai ,India The OT Hub team

  • Maintaining our Wellbeing as Clinicians

    Hi Everyone, As a recent graduate and having the opportunity to work in a few different settings so far I've had to continuously work on my wellbeing and selfcare as a clinician including finding new strategies and ways to integrate selfcare into my daily routine. For us all to avoid compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and general burnout it's imperative we all keep on top of this even as students on placement. What sorts of tasks/strategies do you do to support your wellbeing as clinicians? Mine include: Transition tasks from work to home incl. music, calling family/friend Aiming for daily exercise e.g. 30min walk after walk and walking at lunchtime with colleagues Reaching out during supervision for tools and supports Coming home and not thinking about work (as much as possible) and engaging in enjoyable/meaningful occupations such as practising an instrument, cooking, watching a series, reading. I'm keen to hear from everyone- Students to experience Clinicians.

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  • A Career in Occupational Therapy

    A Career in Occupational Therapy Considering or developing occupational therapy as a career? Read on. ​ Can't find what you are looking for? , or visit the . Contact us Therapy Forum OT Career FAQ How do I go about finding and applying to a university? You can search worldwide for approved entry level occupational therapy educational programs on the . Some countries may allow programs that are not WFOT approved, but this may this may restrict you working in certain countries or access to further study. [Source: ] World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT)'s website WFOT The tertiary admissions process is likely to be slightly different between countries, so we recommend that you make contact with the university directly to check their admissions process. It is often recommended that you visit at least one occupational therapy service for job shadowing, prior to university interviews. Universities need to know you have some insight into what the career involves. What are the entry requirements to the profession? Depending on your country and university of study, entry level to occupational therapy can be at diploma, bachelor, masters or doctoral level. [Source: ] WFOT To be accepted into an occupational therapy educational program you will need to meet its specific admission requirements and prerequisites. Once graduated you will likely need to be registered with a health registration board or professional body and will be subject to background checks and annual registration requirements (e.g. continuing professional development). As an example, in the UK, you will need: a degree or postgraduate qualification in occupational therapy, approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) professional registration with the HCPC to pass enhanced background checks, as you may be working with children and vulnerable adults To do a degree in occupational therapy, you’ll usually need: 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including maths and English 2 to 3 A levels, including at least one science subject (biology may be preferred) To do a postgraduate course in occupational therapy, you will usually need a degree in a related subject and some relevant paid or voluntary work experience. has further information on degree courses and entry requirements. UCAS [Source: ] National Careers Service Working environment, hours and salary? You will usually work standard office hours, Monday to Friday. Some services, such as within community physical health and inpatient mental health, work on a shift basis. This can include working early, late or weekend shifts. You could work with clients at a variety of places, including: hospitals health centres residential or nursing homes GP surgeries schools prisons in the community at a client's home or workplace You will need mental and physical stamina, as this is a very practical job. [Source: ] National Careers Service SALARY The average salary of an Occupational Therapist varies significantly internationally. Salary rates can also vary between private and and public health services. If you are seeking to become an Occupational Therapist to make a fortune, you are looking at the wrong career. Occupational Therapists generally earn equivalent salaries to other health professionals, such as Nurses and Social Workers. An Occupational Therapist's salary will generally increase with years of service and level of experience. As an example we have included the current NHS payscale in the UK: Occupational Therapy Assistant, (Agenda for Change payscale, UK) Band 3: £18,813 - £20,795 Band 4: £21,089 - £23,761 Band 5: £24,214 - £30,112 [entry-level and early career] Band 6: £30,401 - £37,267 [senior or specialist] Band 7: £37,570 - £43,772 [advanced or managerial] Occupational Therapist, (Agenda for Change payscale, UK) Band 8a: £44,606 - £50,819 [consultant or programme management] Band 8b: £52,306 - £60,983 [clinical service manager] Band 8c: £61,777 - £72,597 [consultant] Band 8d: £73,936 - £86,687 [consultant or chief financial manager] Band 9: £89,537 - £103,860 [director] [Source: (October 2019)] Health Careers Can I work as an Occupational Therapist in another country? Yes, if you are a qualified Occupational Therapist you can work in different countries. Every country has slighly different requirements regarding a working visa, professional indemnity insurance, occupational therapy registration and association membership etc. Some countries, such as the United States of America, also require you to pass a certification exam. If you are wanting more information about working overseas, read this useful publication: Occupational Therapy International Practice Guide 2020 (WFOT) Why choose occupational therapy as a career? There are many reasons to choose to become an occupational therapist. Below are a key few: Making a genuine difference to people's everyday lives - meaning, roles, confidence, ability Working with varied demographics - children, teenagers, adults, the elderly; cultural and socio-economic contrasts Working in varied settings - hospitals, schools, the community, charities, prisons; statutory and private services Having the career flexibility to retrain and specialise within other areas of practice Below is a video from the UK's Royal College of Occupational Therapists. It provides insights into why others chose this career path: In universities across Canada, occupational therapy students have taken part in the 'gOT Spirit Challenge'. This is an annual competition to promote the profession. Watch this lighthearted, fun and lively entry from Queen's University: Source: Queen's University 2016 ( ) YouTube - Dustin Thatcher What makes a successful Occupational Therapist? Key skills, abilities and knowledge: a warm bedside manner excellent rapport-building excellent communication skills​​​​​​ knowledge of psychology sensitivity and understanding the ability to use your initiative to be flexible and open to change knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations ability to design and develop individual treatment programmes ability to form good working relationships with a wide variety of people ability to motivate patients/clients who may be disappointed or frustrated counselling skills, including active listening and a non-judgemental approach to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently [Source: ] National Careers Service Source: RCOT ( ) YouTube Useful articles: 10 Reasons Why You Will Succeed as an Occupational Therapist: OT Career Path Career Advice Articles: American Occupational Therapy Association Source: icould Career Stories ( ) YouTube 13 Essential Characteristics of Occupational Therapists Exceptional Communication Skills While working with the patients, occupational therapists need to listen and explain them the situations and tasks. If they are working with a child patient, they must be capable of converting the complex terms into simpler ones so that the child can understand it. Besides this, they also need to communicate with other team members and doctors. So, it is necessary for them to be clear, efficient, and confident while listening and speaking at the time of such discussions. Outstanding Personal Skills These professionals work with the patients of all age groups undergoing any physical, mental or emotional disability. Also, the basic nature of the patients varies a lot. Some may be very calm while others may be rude, frustrated or impatient. Thus, they must know the way to deal with all of them and help them get the desired results faster. Problem Solving Abilities Problem solving skills play a vital role in the jobs related to occupational therapy. Different clients may have different problems. For the success of the cases, you must make a strategy on how to solve all these distinctive issues effectively, without any major failure. Physical Strength Physical strength is quite a major requisite for the occupational therapists and related job titles. They have to serve the clients throughout the day, travel from one area to another and stand by the side of the patients irrespective of the time and duration. Thus, if you want to be an OT, you must have a great physical strength to manage such a busy and hectic schedule. Possess a Helpful Nature An occupational therapist should be very helpful as this is all that they have to show in their profile. It is one of the most important qualities they must possess otherwise they can’t give their best to the patients. All day long, they should be ready to assist the clients for every type of help they want. From helping them in moving around to guiding them through some money related problems, an occupational therapist has to be the guardian angel to their client. Organization Skills For being a proficient occupational therapist, one must be a good organizer. Along with their own schedule, they also need to manage the client’s timetable. Also, they have to properly maintain all the documented records, appointments, meetings with other team members and professionals, etc. Only an organized occupational therapist can provide a well-planned treatment and high-quality care to the patients, so its a must that s/he must have management skills. Boast Patience It is easier to write “Keep Patience” to a patient’s ward, but it is not so easy to implement the same. Patience is believed to be the most important attribute that one must have to be in this profession. Sometimes, occupational therapists might have to face rude, impatient, frustrated, depressed or stubborn patients. So, they must keep their patience to tread through these everyday situations. Some clients may achieve success in their condition in a few months or weeks while some may take years. So, you just need to keep hold of the case to be an efficient occupational therapist. Compassion and Empathy One should opt occupational therapy as a career only if s/he is empathetic and compassionate. Most of the clients of occupational therapy are not only physically disabled but also, mentally and emotionally sensitive. In that phase of life, they need a genuinely warm-hearted and sympathetic occupational therapist who understands them and treats them accordingly. Acquire Creativity No one can learn to be creative as it is an inherent characteristic of human beings. Being an occupational therapist, many times you have to modify the tasks and schedule of the patients. For example, you can take a desolate kid to have fun at an amusement park, instead of taking him to a general rehabilitation center. Your creative methods can help the clients come out of the dilemma, and it may result into their active participation in the healthcare programs organized by you. Good Writing Skills Akin to communication skills, writing qualities are also quite important to became a highly efficient occupational therapist. It is because you need to keep the detailed files and records of all the clients in order to assist them, their family, and your team. You should state the exact condition of the patients on the papers so that it is easier for you and the medical staff to understand what you are doing and exactly how you are doing it. Keeping the details documented will not only help you and the healthcare staff but also the caretakers when you are not around. 'Cheerleading' Skills Being an occupational therapist, your words must have the power to motivate your patients and ignite the passion in them to make their life normal once again. Motivation is very important for such depressed, frustrated and troubled people. An enthusiastic OT with great cheerleading skills can make the patients do the things that seem impossible. A Good Observer Besides being a good listener, a successful occupational therapist must also be a good observer and analytical. S/he should have the ability to analyze the situation and needs of the patients along with handling their complaints. An OT must observe and evaluate the things and procedures that are suitable for their clients and must act accordingly. For example, if a patient moves abnormally, a good OT would recognize the reason for it and would plan the course of the patient accordingly. Flexibility You never know what kind of client you are going to deal with, as disorders can happen to anyone and they may need your assistance. Thus, being an occupational therapist, you should be flexible enough to work with a wide variety of people. You must have the ability to establish a good inter-relationship bond with them, irrespective of their religion, race or nationality. [Source: ] Top Occupational Therapy Schools

  • What is OT? | The Occupational Therapy Hub

    What is Occupational Therapy? Information and public awareness Quotes, questions, videos and graphics about the healthcare discipline and profession of occupational therapy (OT). "Occupational therapy - where , and collide" science creativity compassion Jessica Kensky (2016 AOTA Welcome Ceremony) "Occupational therapy training provides the occupational therapist with the skills to plan and deliver . Occupational therapists believe that doing things that you enjoy has a positive impact on your health and well-being. Our occupations, or activities, provided us with a , and . They , fill our time and prevent us from boredom" purposeful, meaningful activity role routine structure define who we are Alice McGarvie - Occupational Therapist, From the Harp "We see humans as having an – to do things. We can break down these actions (or occupations) into what we , what we and the to be able to do them. While there will always be some overlap, an example might be that I want to play the guitar and I need to be able to go to the toilet. There are also a range of (physical, cognitive, emotional) skills that I need, to be able to manage both of these occupations. A big factor that impacts on my ability to do these things is the around me. If my social environment doesn’t like the sound of bad guitar players, my progress will be hampered. The environment will hinder my functioning. If my toilet is upstairs and I can’t use my legs then again, the environment is not helping me to do what I need. OTs help people to the things they want and need to do in their lives, identify areas where skills development is needed and how the environment helps or hinders people in achieving their ." inherent need to act want to do need to do skills we need environment identify assess goals Keir Harding - Occupational Therapist, mental health and BPD "Occupational therapy. Arguably the most empowering , creative , holistic and meaning-enhancing healthcare profession. We are proud to put on that uniform, follow models of practice, client-centred outcome measures and prioritise active engagement in self-care, productivity and leisure. We are occupational therapists. Adding life to days." Jamie Grant - Occupational Therapist; Director, The Occupational Therapy Hub Please reload What is occupational therapy? Play Video Facebook Twitter Pinterest Tumblr Copy Link Link Copied

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    Membership Terms of Use Privacy and Cookies ​ Our Policies Latest update: 10th May 2021 Communication PromOTe Partnerships Copyright Important notice from The Occupational Therapy Hub ​ Information and recommendations provided on The Occupational Therapy Hub have been shared by our global community. Whilst we review all web pages, we cannot guarantee quality or accuracy of all information. Therefore, platform content should not constitute medical advice. We cannot take responsibility for consequences arising from the actions of professionals or the public using the Hub's platform. Hub Membership Terms of Use The Occupational Therapy Hub is an information platform and global community, shaped by its Membership. To access the platform, anyone can join as a Free Hub Member . Membership Plus+ is an optional upgrade. 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Please ensure your payment details remain up-to-date, for continued auto-renewal and access to your Membership Plus+ services. ​ At any point, The Occupational Therapy Hub may choose to transition Free Membership resources to Membership Plus+resources (or vice versa). In its sole discretion, Management may also add, remove or change the services and resources offered, or the amount and type of fees charged, at any time. Management will notify all Hub Members , prior to of such changes any new/altered fees taking effect . ​ ​ Changes to Terms ​ The Occupational Therapy Hub reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of the Terms. Whilst we notify Members of key changes related to platform, Policies or Terms, it is your responsibility to check the Terms periodically for changes. Your continued use of the platform, following the posting of any changes to the Terms, constitutes acceptance of those changes. The Occupational Therapy Hub may, in future, offer new services and/or features through the platform (including the release of new tools and resources). Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the Terms. ​ ​ Account termination ​ In the event that a Member breaches The Occupational Therapy Hub's Terms of Use, Hub Management may terminate access to all or any part of the platform at any time, with or without notice, effective immediately. Privacy, Cookies, Communication The Occupational Therapy Hub takes the privacy of its Members and visitors' information very seriously. It adheres to the EU (GDPR) (2016/679) and the UK (2018). General Data Protection Regulation Data Protection Act Hub Management continually reviews its policies. ​ ​ _____________________ KEY POINTS ​ Personal information We only collect, process and securely store personally identifiable information that you actively submit Such information is used solely for us to provide you with the platform's services, or respond to a communication Optional: once signed up as a Member, y Profile Page; if you 'opt in', this can be ou can edit you publicly visible As part of Membership, we send Member Newsletters, to the email address provided No personally identifiable information is passed on to external organisations You have the right to access and edit your information on this platform, at any time; on email request and subject to proof of identity, you may access personal information that we hold, used or communicated and ask that any necessary corrections be made ​ Demographic data Cookies allow Hub Management to understand anonymous visitor demographics and trends. In turn, this shapes and improves the service we provide you with. Cookies also allow any adverts shown to be more relevant A Facebook pixel within The Occupational Therapy Hub's website is used to gauge the efficacy of any social media adverts we run ​ Protecting your information Information processed within The Occupational Therapy Hub is encrypted via secure HTTPS networks Data is backed up securely in a cloud-based drive managed by our platform host By using the platform and/or joining as a Hub Member, you consent to our Policies (signposted on the Sign up screen) _____________________ HUB MEMBERSHIP ( Free / Plus+ ) ​ ​ Signing up as a Hub Member ​ When you register as a Hub Member, you will be asked to provide a name, email address and a private password, which will become part of your Account information ​ The platform securely stores Membership details provided (further details below) Any information requested will be used to activate your account, provide the platform's services to you and communicate with you about the status of your A ccount Part of Membership, you receive periodic Member Newsletters * by email; these include CPD recommendations and service changes Settings and notifications can be adjusted at any time; click 'Settings' in the Member Bar , which sits top-right of every page The 'Sign up' screen includes a link to this Policies page, to review all policies prior to joining as a Member ​ Your Profile Page Each Hub Member is given their own Profile Page in the Member Portal * A public Profile Page is optional; to initiate, click 'Make Profile Public' via the ' in Member Portal) ⋮' icon on your profile card ( It includes the name used to sign up, alongside an optional profile picture and profile text - for the Member to promote their work in the occupational therapy profession Other than storing it for you, we do not do anything with information here; it is there for networking purposes only However, if information is posted that is deemed by Hub Management to be inappropriate or offensive, the Member will be notified and the information will be removed * Member Portal requires Member log in to access. Membership sign up ​ . here ​ ​ ​ Personal information: what is collected, processed and stored? The only information we collect, process and/or store is that which you actively submit. This may be your name, email address or other contact details that you provide us with. personally identifiable We do not transfer this information to other organisations, unless: ​ You provide us with explicit written authorisation, by email or post It is necessary to comply with the law, or to protect the rights, property or safety of our Management, Team or Members ​ We collect information when you: ​ Sign up as a Hub Member (see below) ​Register for OT Webinars * or an Event Purchase a product , such as a PromOTe Partnership Submit research for inclusion in the Research Portal * Apply for a competition or promotion on our website Submit a podcast episode or series to the Podcast Portal * Engage in communication, via an email or our Connect with the Hub form Engage in Hub CPD * , the collaborative professional development programme Submit an entry to or the Access Occupational Therapists Resources + Services Portal * Upload a file to The Occupational Therapy Hub's Dropbox, such as when contributing to Therapy Videos * Upload content to Therapy Articles * ; this is a moderated p ortal , with Member-generated content Upload a post to the Therapy Forum * or The OT Journal Club * - moderated portals, with Member-generated content Join or create workspaces within OT Circles * , a moderated portal ; i nformation is stored securely, shared only with those you choose and never passed on to advertisers ​ * Portals marked with asterisks require Member log in to fully utilise. Membership sign up here . ​ ​ ​ Demographics: what non-identifiable information tools do we use - and why? Cookies : When surfing The Occupational Therapy Hub, (non-identifiable data) may be placed locally on your computer. These can be used by , to allow Hub Management to establish general visitor demographics and trends. This allows us to better shape and refine our service. Such information may also be provided to so that advertisements on the platform are relevant to you. Cookies do not disclose personally identifiable information about any visitors or Members cookies Google Analytics Google Adsense, : This is embedded within the platform and collects anonymised visitor data. This is used solely to allow Hub Management to gauge the efficacy of advertisements run on social media Facebook pixel How do we protect your information? We implement a variety of safety measures to maintain the security of your personal information: . HTTPS is the protocol over which data is sent The personal information you provide within this platform is secured within HTTPS networks between your browser and The Occupational Therapy Hub site. The ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for ‘Secure’. These communications are encrypted. Member information is not stored in physical form. Data is backed up securely in a cloud-based drive . Statements from our website host: 'If you are a visitor, user or customer of any of our Users [The Occupational Therapy Hub], please read the following: [website host] has no direct relationship with the individual Users-of-Users whose Personal Information it processes. If you are a visitor, user or customer of [The Occupational Therapy Hub] and would like to make any requests or queries regarding your Personal Information, please contact [Hub Management] directly. For example, if you wish to access, correct, amend, or delete inaccurate information processed by [website host] on behalf of [The Occupational Therapy Hub], please direct your query to [Hub Management] (who is the “Controller” of such data). If requested to remove any Users-of-Users’ Personal Information, we will respond to such request within thirty days.' 'The transmission of sensitive payment information (such as a credit card number) through our designated purchase forms is protected by an industry standard SSL/TLS encrypted connection; and we regularly maintain a PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards) certification.' ​ Other than a Hub Member’s Profile Page - optionally viewable by the public - personal information can only be accessed by Hub Management; all management staff are obliged to keep this strictly confidential ​ Rights to my information You have the right to access and edit your information, at any time, through the web interface provided as part of the platform. On written request (by email) and subject to proof of identity, you may access the personal information that we hold, used or communicated and ask that any necessary corrections be made, where applicable, as authorised or required by law. However, to make sure that the personal information we maintain about you is accurate and up-to-date, please inform us of any change in your personal information by email. ​ ​ How can I edit or turn on/off communications? : Click Adjust email alerts 'Settings' in the Member Bar , which sits top- right of every web page [ The Member Bar also allows you to review account details, any orders placed, any drafts created and log in/out of the Hub] Notification Settings for * OT Circles : To adjust email or platform alerts for a specific Circle you have joined, click the ' ⋮ ' icon within it : We send educative and CPD-related content periodically. These communications also keep Members updated about key service changes. If you no longer want to receive these, click the ‘unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of any newsletter Member Newsletters ​ Third party links To provide a breadth of website content, we list third party links to useful, external resources and websites. These are mainly found in: Access Occupational Therapists , OT Circles * , OT Updates * , Podcast Portal * , * Therapy Videos , Resources + Services Portal * . These external links (websites, videos, PDF documents, podcast platforms) have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these links. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these linked sites, including if a specific link does not work. * Portals marked with asterisks require Member log in to use. Membership sign up here . ​ Changes to our privacy and communication policies If our policies change, amendments will be posted here. Policy changes apply only to information collected after the date of the change. ​ Your consent By using The Occupational Therapy Hub platform and/or joining as a Hub Member, you consent to our Policies. Links to this Policies page are located within sign up sections, across the platform. Questions and feedback ​ If you have any questions or comments - about our policies or your personal information, to make an access or correction request, to exercise any applicable rights, or to make a complaint - our can be reached by email: Data Protection Officer . Alternative methods of communication are listed on the Contact us page. ​ ​ ​ Registration with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office ( ) ICO ​ ​ Nature of work Occupational therapy information service and networking website. ​ Description of processing The following is a broad description of the way The Occupational Therapy Hub processes personal information. To understand how your own personal information is processed you may need to refer to any personal communications you have received, check any privacy notices the organisation has provided or contact the organisation to ask about your personal circumstances. Reasons/purposes for processing information We process personal information to enable us to provide a current, sustainable information service and networking website for our Hub Members and site visitors; to maintain our own accounts and records; to support and manage our staff team. Type of information processed We process information relevant to the above reasons and purposes. This can include: Hub Membership details, within the Member Portal * Therapy Articles * and Therapy Videos * content Financial details, for Plus+ Members and PromOTe Partnerships customers External resources in Access Occupational Therapists , the Podcast Portal * , Research Portal * and Resources + Services Portal * * Portals marked with asterisks require Member log in to use. Membership sign up here . Who the information is processed about To operate our service to you, we need to process information about: ​ Hub Members (Free and Plus+) Visitors who inquire about or submit files to the information platform External podcasts External resources and services External research External occupational therapy practices External occupational therapists Who the information may be shared with In very rare circumstances, in the interest of the public, the company or its Members' safety or security, other governing organisations may need to be contacted. Where this is necessary we are required to comply with all aspects of the EU's (GDPR) ( General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 In this instance, only when required of us, we would share information with: ) and the UK's (2018). Data Protection Act employer associations examining bodies central government suppliers and service providers persons making an inquiry or complaint PromOTe Partnerships Terms of Service For attention of partners and clients. ​ Please read these Terms of Service ('Terms') carefully before purchasing a plan. If you don’t agree to these Terms, as well as The Occupational Therapy Hub’s , you should not use our services. If you are entering into the Terms on behalf of a company or other legal entity, you represent that you have the authority to bind such entity to the Terms. PromOTe Partnerships Privacy, Cookies and Communication Policies ​ ​ ​ Fees and renewals The Occupational Therapy Hub cannot issue refunds for partial months of PromOTe Partnerships marketing If you purchase one of our services, you agree that our third party payment gateways will securely store your payment card or other payment information ​ You expressly agree that we are authorised to charge you: ​ A fee for any applicable service which you have purchased, billed on a basis of the outlined and agreed plan period Any charges for use of our service in excess of the usage or other limits placed on your use of our service (and you hereby consent to such charges) If the payment card you provide expires and you do not provide new payment information or cancel your Account, you authorise us to continue billing you and you agree to remain responsible for any uncollected fees. ​ ​ ​ Limitation of liability You agree that, under no legal theory, will The Occupational Therapy Hub or its owners, directors or team be liable to you or any third party acting on your behalf for any indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, or exemplary damages or loss of profits (even if The Occupational Therapy Hub has been advised of the possibility of such damages), arising from or relating to the Terms or your use of or your inability to use the platform. ​ You agree that The Occupational Therapy Hub will not be responsible or liable for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as the result of any interactions or dealings with partners or advertisers, or as the result of the presence of such advertisers on the platform. ​ ​ ​ General representation and warranty You represent and warrant that: ​ Your use of the platform will be in strict accordance with these Terms, the , the Hub Membership and all applicable laws and regulations. These include, without limitation, any local laws or regulations in your country, regarding online conduct and acceptable content. These include all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United Kingdom or the country in which you reside Privacy, Cookies and Communication Policies Terms of Use Your use of the platform will not infringe or misappropriate the intellectual property rights of any third party ​ ​ ​ Miscellaneous If there is any dispute between you and The Occupational Therapy Hub about or involving the Terms or the service, you hereby agree that the dispute will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United Kingdom, without regard to its conflict of law provisions. Copyright The OT Hub Ltd is the legal copyright holder of the Portals, functions, designs, logos and names ('The Occupational Therapy Hub' and 'The OT Hub'), belonging to The Occupational Therapy Hub platform and its subpages. Our content may not be reprinted, reproduced or modified without written consent. A link to The Occupational Therapy Hub's website ( ) must appear in all authorised copies of any content owned by The OT Hub Ltd. All content uploaded by Hub Members, via their accounts, is copyright of its respective owners. ​ * OT Circles Documents, uploads, polls, discussion content and external links are owned by their creators/authors, not by The OT Hub Ltd. * Therapy Videos Video footage showcased within the 'Community Videos' channel is owned by external organisations, not by The OT Hub Ltd. ​ * Podcast Portal Logos, audio content and embedded links to series and platforms are owned by their creators/authors, not by The OT Hub Ltd. ​ * Research Portal C ontent uploaded is owned and copyrighted by the research author or authors, not The OT Hub Ltd. ​ Access Occupational Therapists / * Resources + Services Portal Logos, information and links to external resources and services listed here are owned by external organisations, not by The OT Hub Ltd. * Portals marked with asterisks require Member log in to use. Membership sign up here . ​ The Occupational Therapy Hub is owned and managed by The OT Hub Ltd, registered in England and Wales. Company number: 11084421.

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