‘I am an Occupational Therapist’
Occupational Therapy Week is fast approaching 6-12 November
Published on 18th September 2017
Occupational therapists are being urged to get involved with Occupational Therapy Week on 6-12 November with this year’s theme being “I Am An Occupational Therapist”.
Occupational Therapy Week is everyone’s opportunity to promote the ways in which the profession improves the lives of patients and service users, and helps to make the health and care system more efficient.
There are lots of things you can do to get involved during the week and there are resources available from the Royal College of Occupational Therapists. Getting involved with Occupational Therapy Week will provide evidence for your CPD portfolio.
Things you can do to get involved:
- Invite your senior management to a meeting to find out more about what you and your colleagues do. These PowerPoint templates may help.
- Contact the local paper about your role, how occupational therapy can make a difference and the key challenges you face.
- Visit a school to talk about occupational therapy as a career - there are materials on the RCOT website to help you.
- Hold a bake sale or any activity to promote the profession.
- Speak to your organisation’s communication’s department about providing a blog or other content explaining what the occupational therapists in your organisation do.
- Arrange for a table top space within your organisation’s buildings to explain to colleagues and service users about the value of occupational therapy.
- Talk about your role and why you love being an occupational therapist across your social media channels using #ValueOfOT or hold your own tweet day.
The RCOT are available to support you with everything you need to promote the #ValueOfOT in your organisation, your community or beyond.
Order your 2017 occupational therapy supporter pack today - the packs contain everything you need to promote OT including posters demonstrating the ways in which occupational therapy helps people to live not exist, pens, balloons and a range of other branded materials. Please visit Survey Monkey to order yours today, but be quick as the closing date is Friday 6 October 2017.
The RCOT has also produced a range of content which you can both download and print locally or use digitally or via social media channels. This includes:
A range of videos on YouTube Channel including our recent film to promote the value of occupational therapy in Social Care, a film promoting occupational therapy as a career and a simple guide to how occupational therapy can help people.
The dedicated Improving Lives, Saving Money campaign microsite where you can download an influencing toolkit which will help you to promote the value of your work to elected officials, commissioners and colleagues in your area.
Those working in children’s services can also download Miffy’s guide to occupational therapy.
The RCOT concludes: “Whatever you do, do something!”
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