Welcome to our new website - please provide us with any of your ideas of what you would like to see in the website. 


Dear all, 
Please use this discussion topic to bring our community together. This IS NOT a space where we can advise on any of your work practices, but we can support each other during this challenging time in our lives. Stay safe. Louise  


Please tell us what you would like to gain from being a member of the VdTMoCA Foundation UK that we do not already provide. All ideas welcome. 


We have had many e-mails from lone working OT's trying to implement the VdTMoCA in to practice. If you are in this position or in a team able to support your fellow practitioners please contribute to this topic. We are constantly trying to make connections and create support mechanisms. 


The VdTMoCA Foundation UK is in the process of finalising the topics and agenda for the Forensic SIG on 9th March. If anyone has any further suggestions for content please post them here. 


The VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) is delivering a Research event in conjunction with MOTION, promoting the completion of research for clinicians who are currently using the VdTMoCA in practice and supporting those conducting research through their journey. 
If you have any suggestions for presentations or workshops please e-mail louisejeffries@vdtmocaf-uk.com or toriwolfendale@vdtmocaf-uk.com. 


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  • Feb 09, 2020 by Tori

    Opportunities for networking

    In terms of ideas for the new website, does anyone have any ideas around creating opportunities for networking - particularly around interacting with clinicians working within a similar field of practice. We have opportunities for those within forensic services through the Special Interest Group (SIG) - however, I am just mindful of clinicians working other areas, or perhaps those working in isolation. 

    How could we create opportunities to interact remotely? 

    Look forward to hearing your thoughts. 

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  • Mar 25, 2020 by Tori


     Hi Lou, 
    Thank you for creating this discussion. Within the high/medium/low secure hospitals I work in, we have at present ceased all off ward activity and stopped all Section 17 Leave – which I imagine will cause frustration for those who have progressed to lengthy periods of either escorted/unescorted period of leave from the service. We have developed programmes that can be delivered at ward level, whilst still maintaining the principles of social distancing. I think the focus across all services at the moment is supporting the ward staff and maintaining some consistency for the service users.  We have circulated "easy read" documents for service users around information on COVID-19, detailing information on how to keep themselves safe and well, hygiene procedures and information to reduced anxiety. The staff have also distributed resources to promote ideas around self directed activities and visual materials around keeping occupied and engaged in meaningful activity whilst self isolating. In the MSU, the Therapy Staff have developed resources to be used on the wards to support service users in keeping busy and have completed a revised interest checklist document. 

     We have also circulated easy read letters to the patients to notify them of any treatment groups that have had to be postponed to help manage their expectations and reduce anxiety. 

     At the moment, everything seems to be changing frequently and there is a lot of uncertainty. However, it has been positive to see how supportive, creative, flexible and committed staff have been during this time. 

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