Networking and research activity in UK Forensic practice
Forensic VdTMoCAF (UK) Special Interest Group
Due to the extensive interest in the VdTMoCA in UK forensic practice, the VdTMoCAF (UK) has set up a Special Interest Group (SIG) - the Forensic VdTMoCAF (UK) SIG. Wendy Sherwood is leading the SIG for 2 years, supported by co-director, Charlotte Carpenter.
Who can join the group?
VdTMoCAF (UK) members who are committed to actively participating in, and contributing to the group.
What is the purpose of the group?
To share knowledge, resources and ideas of how the VdTMoCA can be applied in forensic occupational therapy practice
To share best practice
To discuss and generate the evidence-base for the VdTMoCA in forensic practice
To generate research in the VdTMoCA in forensic practice
To provide support to its members and network
What does the group do?
The group is in the early stages of development, but it is envisaged that it will engage in activities such as:
Communicates via email and the members' forum on aspects of VdTMoCA practice
Engages in Skype sessions on an aspect of the VdTMoCA or forensic practice
Meets twice a year for CPD purposes
Collaborates on research and writing for publication
How do I join the SIG?
How do I secure a place at the next SIG meeting?
If you are a Forensic SIG member, to reserve a place at the meeting email email@example.com
Next Forensic VdTMoCAF (UK) SIG meeting - 14 May 2018, central Birmingham. Time: 10.00 - 16.30. Places are limited.
A research active VdTMoCA community
O.T's experiences of using the VdTMoCA:CPA in Forensic Mental Health Settings in the U.K
Data collection has now ended and the Foundation would like to thank all members who participated in Charlotte Carpenter's study.
Validating the levels of creative participation in work performance
Sarah Wilson is currently completing this study to investigate the alignment of the existing descriptors of levels 4, 5 & 6 of creative ability to perceptions of staff about their work performance in order to collect descriptors focused on work roles / performance.
A review of VdTMoCA literature
A full literature review is currently in progress for submission to an OT journal.
Have you done your own literature review for a piece of undergraduate or post grad course work, or research?
If so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org see whether you can be of help with the review currently underway.
VdTMoCA in paediatrics
By Bronwyn Roane (previously a Director of the Foundation)
In June 2013, I carried out an inquiry with paediatric occupational therapy colleagues on the use of the VdTMoCA. I had studied OT in South Africa, where we had been trained extensively in the model and used it in many areas of practice, including paediatrics. For this reason, I carried out a survey of OTs who had studied in South Africa and asked them to fill out a questionnaire regarding their use of the model in paediatrics. The results of the survey were presented as a poster presentation at the International VdT Model of Creativity Conference. Many of the points raised by the participants were very relevant and reinforced the fact that there is use for the model in paediatric OT.
SUMMARY OF THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY
- 90% of participants either strongly agreed or agreed that the training of VdTMoCA in relation to Paediatrics had been beneficial.
- 55% used the model formally in paediatric practice, including assessment, individual treatment, group treatment and in order to monitor progress.
- 45% of participants did not use the model formally in practice. However many of these participants stated that they used their theoretical knowledge to guide the treatment process. All of the participants stated that they would be interested in using the model in practice.
Identified Benefits of Using the VdTMoCA in Paediatrics
- Assists in formulating list of areas requiring intervention
- “Clear set of criteria laid out in an easy to follow format that assists me in quickly in categorising a client’s level of motivation and their corresponding level of action.”
- Assists therapists in identifying the “JUST RIGHT CHALLENGE” when choosing treatment activities
- "Baseline principles provide insight into how one should handle the child, how to present activities, structure the treatment area and how to grade should this be appropriate. Thus the session is planned and prepared by the therapist prior to the child attending. The child is required to explore with the tools and materials and the therapist tidies up after the session.”
- Helpful in grouping children based on their levels, in order to carry out effective group treatment
- The model works on a developmental continuum so it can be used to identify goals of treatment by using criteria for next level of action
- Useful in grading treatment programmes in order to ensure optimal treatment
- Useful for lower functioning clients - the model provides appropriate guidelines such as activity selection and handling
- Useful tool for monitoring progress
Difficulties with Using the VdTMoCA in Paediatrics
- Difficulty explaining the model to parents
- Very little research and literature on the use of the model in paediatrics
- “It is an occupational therapy specific model, so when working in the multi disciplinary team setting it needs to be explained to the other team members in a great amount of detail if it is to be used as a guiding model for the MDT.”
Moving forward: Factors that would promote the use of VdTMoCA in Paediatric OT
- More opportunity to apply the model in paediatric practice at university level
- Time to implement the model into standard range of assessments and treatment
- “ I wish I had the time to create a treatment program within this model as I believe it is highly informative and an effective use of resources and clinical skill.”
- More concise assessment procedure e.g. checklist. This could be completed by OT support workers, school staff etc. and then used by OT to assess level
- Working with other Paediatric OT’s who use the model in order to improve confidence in application
- Information that is more specific to paediatrics-“I think there should be a school section added to the model. Assessment and treatment of work may be different to the treatment of the school sphere in children. It would be nice if the model also emphasised children’s roles and responsibilities as it does with adults.”
- All participants felt that the use of VdTMoCA was beneficial to paediatric OT to a varying degree
- The majority of those who use the model find it beneficial in guiding treatment and monitoring progress
- Therapists who do not use the model find it time consuming and difficult to use in areas with high caseloads, e.g. special schools.
- However, all therapists would be interested in using the model.
- Many therapists felt that the model needed to be applied more to a paediatric setting in order for it to be more effective
- The model can be used to guide clinical reasoning even if it is not used concretely in practice
The results of the survey provided an insight into the use of the model in paediatric OT.
INITIATIVES IN SUPPORT OF RESEARCH
Research priorities, grants, support and strategy
'Creating the evidence: Research priorities for VdT Model of Creative Ability informed occupational therapy', foreword by Jennifer Creek
Published in 2015, this new document identifies the priorities for research in the VdT Model of Creative Ability in the UK. These priorities should inform Occupational Therapists, educators and managers' decisions regarding the focus of their research in order to prevent disparate research but the development of a robust evidence base for the Occupational Therapy profession.
Download now Creating the evidence
Gaining Momentum VdTMoCAF Research Strategy
Gaining Momentum sets out the VdTMoCAf (UK) five year strategy (2016-2021) to support the VdTMoCA community to address the research priorities set out in Creating the Evidence: Research priorities for VdT Model of Creative Ability informed occupational therapy.
Sherwood Research Grant for Occupational Therapists
Take advantage of a £400 grant for research awarded annually.
Establishing a research base for the model is essential. There is a broad range of questions that you could answer through research - examples are set out in Creating the Evidence: research priorities for VdT Model of Creative Ability informed occupational therapy. Foreword by Jennifer Creek. See Publications.
Wendy Sherwood offers not only an award, but can also support and supervise research. See information on this page, and also get information on the grant on the Awards & Grants page.
The Foundation needs to have a clear picture of research activity and interests to inform its research strategy and support researchers.
Register your research interest and/or activity with us and gain information to support your professional development. Contact us to let us know your research interests/queries, research-in-progress and completed research. You can also contact us if you want to network with others in similar fields of practice, or to access a research sample via our network of VdTMoCA practitioners.
What research are you thinking of doing, have undertaken, or are in the process of doing? Let us know.
Contact Tori Wolfendale email@example.com
Literature and Research
The VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) is developing a catalogue of all published and unpublished literature, presentations, posters and other sources of information and evidence on the model.
We want your items to add to the catalogue!
VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) members can request access to some published and also unpublished resources by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org