VdT Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK) Community Interest Company - VdTMoCAF (UK)

VdT Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK) Community Interest Company - VdTMoCAF (UK)

VdTMoCAF (UK) Company registration no. 8211259

Registered address: Hillier Hopkins, Ground Floor, 45 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5JG

Address for correspondence: 6 Trinity Avenue, Northampton NN2 6JJ

The VdTMoCAF (UK) is a UK based not-for-profit community interest company which serves the community of occupational therapy practitioners and educators with an interest in the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability.  The VdTMoCAF (UK) has been established with the approval of the Vona and Marie du Toit Foundation in South Africa which acts as the guardian of the model.  These two Foundations collaborate with and support each other.

 

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The VdTMoCAF (UK) values and supports other community interest initiatives

The VdTMoCAF (UK) is proud that its publication - The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: a practical guide for acute mental health occupational therapy practice - is published by Graphic Design and Print Community Interest Company, Norfolk.

Graphic Design and Print Community Interest Company has been set-up to benefit people who are disadvantaged or socially excluded. Graphic Design and Print Community Interest Company employ people from this community, provide NVQ’s and offer training with 120 places available a year. The company is registered with the UK Register of Learning Providers.

Graphic Design and Print Community Interest Company is a team of motivated, friendly and skilled professionals who have the expertise to handle a diverse range of projects with a level of service that sets us apart. What’s more, they’re a social enterprise which means doing business with GDP helps to employ people who are disadvantaged or socially excluded.

For more information visit their website.

 

What is the purpose of the VdTMoCAF (UK)?

  • Lead the UK development of the model
  • Liaise with experts in global contexts and collaborate with the Vona and Marie du Toit Foundation, South Africa for international development of the model
  • Develop and direct a research strategy to address research priorities
  • Develop a database of creative ability trained clinicians and researchers for networking purposes
  • Develop a database of literature, research activity and interest
  • Explore and document education in the model and application to practice
  • Monitor dissemination of information for accuracy and quality to maintain the integrity of the model
  • Monitor the development, use and quality of assessment tools
  • Provide information via the Foundation's website and members’ area/forum and monitor its use
  • Allocate awards and grants
  • Publish Participation as your essential up-date on the model

What is a Community Interest Company?

“Community Interest Companies (CICs) are limited companies, with special additional features, created for the use of people who want to conduct a business or other activity for community benefit, and not purely for private advantage. This is achieved by a "community interest test" and "asset lock", which ensures that the CIC is established for community purposes and the assets and profits are dedicated to these purposes. Registration of a company as a CIC has to be approved by the Regulator who also has a continuing monitoring and enforcement role” (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 2012).

The VdTMoCAF (UK) CIC has directors who are responsible for the company financially and legally, and for the day-to-day running of the company to ensure that it meets its aims in serving the community.  There must also be a Treasurer and Secretary.  The directors’ designated roles and responsibilities reflect the priority work that needs to be undertaken by the Foundation.  Further directors or roles will be created to enable the Foundation to more fully address its aims.

How is the VdTMoCAF (UK) financed?

The VdTMoCAF (UK) can be financed in any legal way.  However, CICs are less like traditional companies and more like charities. That is, while the company may undertake some trading activities, it relies on donations for the bulk of its funding.  Its concern is not primarily to make profit, and does not seek profit for personal/private gain.  The concern of the CIC is to serve the community.  Therefore income/capital is used for the benefit of the community it serves, not for the benefit of its directors.
The main source of funding is the MCAIG membership subscriptions.  A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who supports the VdTMoCAF (UK) by becoming a member and renewing membership.  It is, and will continue to be your support that makes the work of the VdTMoCAF (UK) possible.  We cannot stress enough that the each membership subscription is extremely important – we hope that you will support us and renew your subscriptions annually.

We also aim to undertake some fund raising activities such as delivering study days, workshops or other beneficial CPD opportunities.  We also seek charitable donations and sponsorship.

 

The VdTMoCAF (UK) Directors

The Directors

Dr Wendy Sherwood - Lead Director

Dr Wendy Sherwood - Lead Director

,Dr Wendy Sherwood PhD, MSc, Dip COT is an occupational therapist who has specialised in mental health for over twenty years, ten of which have involved a combination of studying, researching, teaching and implementing the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (VdTMoCA) in practice.

Wendy has also spent much of her career as a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, and has held the position of Course Director for the BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme at London South Bank University.  Wendy founded the VdT Model of Creative Ability Interest Group (MCAIG) in 2005, and the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) in 2012 of which she is the Lead Director.  Since 2005, Wendy has been dedicated to introducing the VdTMoCA to occupational therapists, and enabling therapists to learn and implement the model for the benefit of improved quality therapy and service provision.  In this respect, Wendy has gained considerable insight into what it takes to introduce a model that is new to occupational therapists; the importance of a shared understanding of core concepts, and the importance of developing communities of practice to enable newcomers to learn from experts situated at some distance from them e.g. newcomers to the model in the UK, whilst expertise is situated in South Africa, the country of the model's origin.  

Theory development has become an area of expertise for Wendy who was awarded a PhD in 2016 for a cross-national study on effort and maximum effort as a contribution to the Theory of Creative Ability and to the occupational therapy profession.  Recognising the need for a research evidence base for the model, Wendy led research into the research priorities for the VdTMoCA in the UK (publication pending), which has informed the Foundation's Research Strategy 2016-2021 for focusing research into the model. 

International collaboration is extremely important - Wendy has delivered four international conferences on the VdTMoCA (5th will be on 18 July 2017, London), delivered keynote speeches internationally, and leads on international collaboration for the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK). As well as providing training to OTs, OT support workers and MDTs in the UK, Wendy has also trained OTs in Namibia, Singapore and Japan.  Wendy has provided clinical supervision on many visits to colleagues in Japan, and she is particularly interested in how the VdTMoCA is applicable and culturally sensitive to a diverse range of people (clients), and OT practice contexts.  Developing the VdTMoCA through studying its relevance and meaning across cultures, is the main focus of Wendy's research plans. Wendy is a contributing author and co-editor of the first full text on the VdTMoCA, due to be published in 2017.  This is also an international collaboration.

 

Publications:

Sherwood W (2009) An emerging community of practitioners. OT News, 17(5), 26-27.

Sherwood W (2010) An electric event: report on the first national Model of Creative Ability Occupational Therapy Conference.  OT News, 18(2), 38-39.

Sherwood W (2010) The first International Model of Creative Ability Conference. FOCUS, July, 3-4.

Sherwood W (2011) An introduction to the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability. TOG (A Caruna), 8(14) (26 pages). [On-line] Available at: http://www.revistatog.com/num14.htm.

Sherwood W (2011) Good Intentions. FOCUS, July 1-5.

Sherwood W (2011) Learning from OT in Japan. FOCUS, March, 5-6.

Sherwood W, White B, Wilson S (2015) The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: a practical guide for acute mental health occupational therapy practice.  London: Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK).

Sherwood W, Jeffries L, Rutherford R (publication pending) The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability – UK occupational therapists’ research priorities. Submitted to the British Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Walters JH, Sherwood W, Mason H (2014) Creative activities in W Bryant, J Fieldhouse (2014) Creek’s occupational therapy and mental health. 5th edition. Oxford: Churchill Livingston.

VdTMoCAF (UK) (2015) Creating the evidence: Research priorities for VdT Model of Creative Ability informed occupational therapy.

Research:

Sherwood W (2005) A study to explore the methods and processes of the model of creative ability assessment applied by occupational therapists in in-patient mental health and forensic settings in South Africa. Unpublished Masters thesis.

VdTMoCAF (UK) (2015) Research priorities for VdT Model of Creative Ability informed occupational therapy. Forword by Jennifer Creek. Northampton: Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK) CIC.

Sherwood W (2016) An investigation into the theoretical construction of effort and maximum effort as a contribution to the Theory of Creative Ability.  PhD Thesis.  University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Keynote addresses:

Sherwood W (2009) The Model of Creative Ability: Untapped Potential.  Keynote speech delivered at the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa congress, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Sherwood W (2011) Good Intentions. Keynote speech delivered at the Psychiatric Occupational Therapists Symposium, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Sherwood W (2015) Being inspired to be an occupational therapist....what a difference a model makes.  Plenary address at the Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists National conference, 2015.

 

Sarah Wilson, Director for Publications and Sales, Treasurer

Sarah Wilson, Director for Publications and Sales, Treasurer

Sarah Wilson, MSc, Dip COT is an occupational therapist with over 24 years’ experience of working in NHS mental health services. Sarah manages the mental health in-patient Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy services for adult and older adults across two hospital sites in Northamptonshire. Sarah first became aware of the VdTMoCA in 2009 and in 2010 led a full service delivery change to use the VdTMoCA as the underpinning model within the services she managed. Sarah is driven by quality and the desire to improve patient outcomes and experience by ensuring that the contribution of allied health professionals to individuals’ recovery is robust, measurable and targeted. Sarah is keen that other services experience the positive benefits from the use of the VdT MoCA in improving service delivery, patient outcomes and staff confidence and satisfaction, and has assisted other teams and services in their implementation. Sarah has forged strong links with experts in South Africa, visiting to observe the model in practice in a variety of settings in Johannesburg and Pretoria. Becoming a Director has been a natural progression of Sarah’s commitment and enthusiasm for developing the use of the VdTMoCA throughout the UK.

 

PRESENTATIONS:

Wilson S (2015) The influence of a new model of practice on the delivery, impact and value of occupational therapy within the multidisciplinary team (MDT).  Presentation delivered at the Advancing Occupational Therapy Conference, Plymouth University.  

Wilson S (2015) Quantifying the impact of in-patient mental health occupational therapy (OT) services based upon treatment pathways and specific outcome measurement. Presentation delivered at the Advancing Occupational Therapy Conference, Plymouth University. 

Wilson S, White B (2014, 2015) Influencing service provision through outcomes’.  Guest Lecture to 3rd year undergraduate and MSc OT students at London South Bank University.  

Wilson S, White B (2012) Evaluating Service Provision for a Whole Client Population Using an Analytical Survey. Presentation delivered at the College of Occupational Therapists 36th Annual Conference, Glasgow.

Wilson S, White B (2012) The Journey to Providing a Revitalised, Contemporary and Future-proof Mental Health Occupational Therapy Service. Presentation delivered at the 33rd National Congress of the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa, Durban.

Wilson S, White B (2011) Transforming Lives and Sustaining Change Using the VdTMoCA. Presentation delivered at the Vona du Toit Creative Ability Conference, Johannesburg.

Wilson S, White B (2011) Demonstrating Improvement in Occupational Therapy Service Provision using an Analytical Survey. Poster Presentation at the Vona du Toit Creative Ability Conference, Johannesburg.

Wilson S (2011) Improving Staff Satisfaction and Confidence. Questionnaire Results from Adult Acute Mental Health In-Patient Occupational Therapy Staff Following Implementation of the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability. Poster Presentation at the Vona du Toit Creative Ability Conference, Johannesburg.

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Sherwood W, White B, Wilson S (Editors) (2015) The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability:  A practical guide for acute mental health occupational therapy practice (First Edition). The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK), London.

Wilson S (2015) CQC Inspection: A Positive Opportunity to Showcase OT.  OT News, 23(10), 23

Wilson S, White B (2012) Understanding the needs of Service Users. OT News, 20(4), 24-25

Wilson S, White B (2011) The Journey to Service Redesign. OT News, 19(8), 36-37

 

Beth White, Director for Literature Database, Secretary

Beth White, Director for Literature Database, Secretary

Beth White, OT BSc (Hons) has worked in acute mental health since 2001. Beth is Clinical Lead for OT and physiotherapy, adult and older adult mental health inpatient services at Berrywood Hospital in Northampton.

Like many other Occupational Therapists, Beth has spent many of her earlier years battling with role identity and although having a true commitment to the therapeutic purpose of activity was often unclear as to how to support people meaningfully during their crisis. The VdT Model of Creative Ability has been the key to a new professional confidence and effectiveness for which she is truly grateful and feels very privileged to now have the opportunity to share as a Director of MoCAF (UK) with other Occupational Therapists.

PRESENTATIONS:

Wilson S, White B (2014, 2015) Influencing service provision through outcomes’.  Guest Lecture to 3rd year undergraduate and MSc OT students at London South Bank University. 

White B (2010) The Use of an Analytical Survey within an Acute Mental Health Inpatient Service. Presentation delivered at the International Model of Creative Ability Conference, London

Wilson S, White B (2012) Evaluating Service Provision for a Whole Client Population Using an Analytical Survey. Presentation delivered at the College of Occupational Therapists 36th Annual Conference, Glasgow.

Wilson S, White B (2012) The Journey to Providing a Revitalised, Contemporary and Future-proof Mental Health Occupational Therapy Service. Presentation delivered at the 33rd National Congress of the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa, Durban.

Wilson S, White B (2011) Transforming Lives and Sustaining Change Using the VdT MoCA. Presentation delivered at the Vona du Toit Creative Ability Conference, Johannesburg.

Wilson S, White B (2011) Demonstrating Improvement in Occupational Therapy Service Provision using an Analytical Survey. Poster Presentation at the Vona du Toit Creative Ability Conference, Johannesburg.

White B (2011) An Outcome Focused Treatment Programme for Adult Acute Inpatient Mental Health Services. Poster Presentation at the Vona du Toit Creative Ability Conference, Johannesburg.

PUBLICATIONS:

Sherwood J, White B, Wilson S (Editors) (2015) The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability:  A practical guide for acute mental health occupational therapy practice (First Edition). The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK), London.

Wilson S, White B (2012) Understanding the needs of Service Users. OT News, 20(4), 24-25

Wilson S, White B (2011) The Journey to service Redesign. OT News, 19(8), 36-37

White B (2010) The Use of the Analytical Survey within an Acute Mental Health Hospital in England. Focus, July, p5

 

Louise Jeffries - Director for Professional Development

Louise Jeffries - Director for Professional Development

Louise qualified in 1995 with a Bsc Hons Degree in Occupational Therapy at St. Andrew's School of Occupational Therapy. Since then Louise has worked predominantly within Medium Security, with some experience in acute psychiatry. Louise currently works at St. Andrew's Healthcare, Northampton, where she specialises in working with men of a working age with complex mental health and forensic needs.

Louise started to implement the VdT Model of Creative Ability in to practise about four years ago and was successfully awarded the Centre of Excellence Project UK starting in December 2013 and ending in July at the 2015 International VdTMoCA Conference in Birmingham, where Robinson Ward received the Centre of Excellence title. 

Louise has taken a lead role in developing the Occupational Therapy service to implement the model in to practise, hosting MDT Development Events and now hosting an Open day for colleagues throughout the country. Louise also presents workshops alongside Wendy Sherwood on the use of the Model with patients with Personality Disorder.

Louise and her team are now embarking on research initiatives focusing on the effectiveness of the model.

 

Gosia Rospond (Malgorzata Zywicka-Rospond) - Professional Development Director

Gosia Rospond (Malgorzata Zywicka-Rospond) - Professional Development Director

 Gosia (BSc (Hons) occupational Therapy, MSc Pedagogy, Dip Nursing) started her professional carrier in health care 30 years ago in Poland. She came to the UK in 2004 and chose carrier in occupational therapy as the closest to her previous qualification and experience. In 2010 she qualified in occupational therapy at Northampton University. 

Over the years she worked with wide range of clients, including children and adolescence, people with brain injury, older adults, and working age adults. She has experience in working with people with learning disability (and ASD), neuropsychiatry, and mental health problems. For last 7 years she works in forensic mental health at St. Andrews Birmingham.

 Gosia completed first training in VdT MoCA in 2008 and since then dedicated her professional practice to embed it in her work. Over the years she piloted use of the model and its effectiveness on medium secure wards and successfully implemented it in occupational therapy service provision. 

Gosia has also interest in using the model in non-traditional health care settings, and conducted research project of implementation of the model to management and supervision. 

Gosia is shortly due to complete MSc in Advanced Occupational Therapy at Northampton University. 

Presentations: 

2011-Poster presentation for VdT MoCA International OT conference in Johannesburg ‘Implementing VdT MoCA on medium secure ward’ 

2012 – Poster presentation for Annual conference Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health in London ‘Innovative working with people with severe enduring mental health problems’ 

2013 – Presentation during VdT MoCA International OT conference in London ‘The use of VdT MoCA in management and supervision’ 

2014 – Publication in ‘Participation’ VdT MoCA Foundation Newsletter ‘The Use of the VdT MoCA in Staff Management and Supervision’ 

2015 - Presentation during VdT MoCA International OT conference in Birmingham ’VdT MoCA: A tool for personal development plans during preceptorship’ 

2015 – Poster presentation during OT Show in Coventry ‘Therapeutic engagement process: Dynamic multi- disciplinary approach led by occupational therapists to monitor and enhance patients’ engagement in forensic settings’ 

Research: 

 An evaluation of the applicability of the VdTMoCA to measure performance in the work environment. MSc Thesis. In progress. University of Northampton

 

Charlotte Carpenter - Research Officer

Charlotte Carpenter - Research Officer

Charlotte, BSc (Hons), is an occupational therapist with over 13 years’ experience in forensic mental health services.  Since 2009, she has been working at Broadmoor Hospital. From 2013 - 2015, Charlotte supported the Personality Disorder Pathway OT team in integrating the VdTMoCA into practice and faced many challenges including the complexities of the environment and client group. In February 2016, Charlotte moved into the Mental Illness Pathway OT Team, and with the rest of the OT team having very recently been trained on the VdTMoCA, is supporting them in making VdTMoCA the primary model of practice. 

From a personal perspective, Charlotte describes the model as having strengthened her belief in occupational therapy and the positive impact the profession can have on patients and health outcomes, thus having the potential to raise the professions profile.

Charlotte is shortly due to complete a MSc in Contemporary Occupational Therapy at Oxford Brookes University and is conducting qualitative research on the VdTMoCA:CPA for her dissertation.  Charlotte also received the Sherwood Research Grant 2015 for this study.

Charlotte is an Associate Director of the Foundation and is the Research Officer.  This role includes supporting others to engage in research activities on the VdTMoCA and maintaining an overview of the research being undertaken.  Additionally, Charlotte is keen to support the growth of the model in forensic mental health practice so is supporting Wendy with Forensic Special Interest Group activities.

 

Alison Phillips Associate Director- Membership Officer

Alison Phillips Associate Director- Membership Officer

Alison Phillips OT Bsc (hons) has worked in acute mental health since 2010. In 2011 she received introductory training in the VdT Model of Creative ability and in 2012 began working within the adult acute mental health inpatient services in Northamptonshire. She is currently working as a Specialist Occupational Therapist at the Welland Centre for Mental Health in Kettering, primarily with working age females with a variety of acute mental health diagnoses.

Alison feels passionately about the model and has enjoyed developing as an OT through using the model within practice. She is an accredited APOM trainer and takes pleasure in pushing herself confidence- wise to present in training and at conferences, in addition to leading the use of the model within her team.

Alison is the membership officer for the VdT Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK). Alison’s responsibilities include answering membership queries, keeping the membership databases up to date and getting creative with idea’s for membership retention.

Presentations:

Clinton M, Kane A (2015) OT Pathways: Mindfulness in adult acute mental health for clients with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder. Presentation delivered at the International Model of Creative Ability conference, Birmingham

Lorkins M, Kane A (2015) Steering the effectiveness of treatment for complex clients in an adult acute mental health setting. Presentation delivered at the International Model of Creative Ability conference, Birmingham.

Kane A, Khatri R (2013) The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability; An introduction to the model and its use in practice. Presentation delivered at the College of Occupational Therapy 37th Annual Conference, Glasgow

Research and Networking

Research and Networking

Connections for participation.

Centres of Excellence

Centres of Excellence

Developing UK services as exemplars of the model in practice. Visit the first centre.

Training, CPD and Resources

Training, CPD and Resources

Find out how you can develop your creative ability.

In Global Contexts

In Global Contexts

The cross-national relevance of the VdT MoCA.

Assessment and Treatment

Assessment and Treatment

Assessment, Assessment recording tools and outcome measures

What is the VdT MoCA

What is the VdT MoCA

The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability (Vdt MoCA) is an occupational therapy practice model originating from South Africa.