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 two publications - The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: a practical guide for acute mental health occupational therapy practice, and The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: a practical guide to occupational therapy for people with learning disabilities - are 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. It employs people from this community, provides NVQ’s and offers 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.
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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.â€¨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.
Our financial year runs from 1st October to 30th September. You can view our most recent submitted accounts here.
Advertising on the Website
Would you like to advertise on the VdTMoCA website?
The VdTMoCA Foundation UK supports clinicians and educators in delivering training and CPD events relating to the VdTMoCA. If you wish to advertise on our website there is an annual fee of £50.
The Foundation is responsible for ensuring any training by external providers is an accurate representation of the VdTMoCA theory and presents
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The VdTMoCAF (UK) Directors
Dr Wendy Sherwood - Executive Director
Dr Wendy Sherwood PhD, MSc, Dip COT is an occupational therapist who has specialised in mental health for over 25 years, 15 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 is a visiting Professor in Singapore and an Honorary Fellow at St George's University, London.
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. 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. Wendy is a contributing author and co-editor of the first full text on the VdTMoCA, due to be published in 2018.
Sherwood W (2017) (Ed.)The Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability: a practical guide to occupational therapy for people with learning disabilities. Northampton: Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK).
VdTMoCAF (UK) (2015) Creating the evidence: Research priorities for VdT Model of Creative Ability informed occupational therapy.
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. Northampton: Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability Foundation (UK).
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.
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 (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.
Plus numerous articles for OT News.
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.
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 (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.
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.
Sherwood (2018) My measure of value. Keynote speech delivered at the OT Society Occupational Therapy conference, London South Bank University.
Louise Jeffries - Lead Director
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.
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.
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.
van der Reyden D, Wilson S, White B (2017)The Analytical Survey Method: A valuable tool for efficient and effective Occupational Therapy service provision for a patient/client population. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 47 (3), 53-62.
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. 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
Tori Wolfendale - Research Officer
Tori Wolfendale MSc, BSc (Hons) is a Senior Occupational Therapist and has worked in forensic mental health since qualifying in 2013. She has worked predominantly in medium and high secure services, working on a high dependency ward in Broadmoor Hospital since 2015. Tori was trained in the VdTMoCA and APOM in 2016 and has since been a key member within her team in implementing the VdTMoCA as the primary model of practice.
Tori is passionate about the model and is keen to complete research initiatives focusing on the effectiveness of the model, particularly focused on the use of the APOM as an outcome measure in forensic mental health settings with service users with a diagnosis of personality disorder. She is also due to be involved in a joint research study between the University of Southampton, the Foundation and Broadmoor Hospital, which will aim to explore Occupational Therapy Students' practice placement experiences of the VdTMoCA.
Tori is the Research Officer for the Foundation. This role includes supporting others to engage in research activities on the VdTMoCA and maintaining a database of completed research and research in progress.
Charlotte Carpenter - Forensic SIG organiser
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 profession's profile.
Charlotte is shortly due to complete an MSc in Contemporary Occupational Therapy at Oxford Brookes University and is conducting qualitative research on the VdTMoCA Creative Participation Assessment for her dissertation. Charlotte also received the Sherwood Research Grant 2015 for this study.
Charlotte is an Associate Director of the Foundation and has fulfilled the role of Research Officer. Currently reducing her role in order to focus on other commitments, Charlotte continues to support the Foundation by supporting Wendy with Forensic Special Interest Group activities.
Helen Parmenter, Bsc (Hons), is an occupational therapist who has worked within medium and low secure forensic services for 9 years. Helen was introduced to the VdT Model of Creative Ability within her first year post qualification and was involved in helping to embed the model within the services she worked in after finding the model an inspiring and practical approach to occupational therapy service delivery. Helen has recently joined the foundation team and is motivated to help support other occupational therapists using the model to increase their confidence and implementation of the VdT Model of Creative Ability and develop CPD opportunities. Helen has recently moved job roles to a post within Specialist CAMHS and is looking forward to exploring the use of the VdT Model of Creative Ability within this new setting.
Mary Dickson - Treasurer
Mary Dickson, Occupational Therapist, was first introduced to VdTMoCA in 2006 and from that time has sought to implement it in her practice and embed it into services she has been involved with, including medium secure and tier 4 CAMHS. Mary values the practical application alongside the theoretical underpinning of the model, enabling clear clinical reasoning and justification of Occupational Therapy. Mary was motivated to join the Foundation in order to support other occupational therapy services in getting started with the VdTMoCA and to support further development in the use of the model. Mary is now working in a Specialist CAMHS and continues to promote and develop VdTMoCA in her own practice.