Beth White

Beth White

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.


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, W, White, B & Wilson, S (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


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 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.

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.

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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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