The aim of this focus group is to bring the occupational therapy community together during Covid-19 and to share experiences, best practices and resources. 

It is to share ideas for continuing to support our patient populations during this unprecidented time, express concerns, connect with clinicians in similar fields and share ideas. 

Discussion will focus on the following questions: 

1. How has your occupational therapy practice/service changed during the Covid-19 epidemic? 

2. From a professional perspective what have been your biggest concerns and how have you addressed these? 

3. How have the needs of your patients populations changed and what have you done to address these changes? 

4. How have you amended your practice to ensure you are still able to deliver occupational therapy despite potential changes to the service? 

5. From a professional perspective what have been your biggest challenges? 

6. Please share one OT success story during the Covid-19 pandemic - what was it, the impact and why was it successful? 

7. How has the VdTMoCA supported your clinical interventions during isolation? 

To participate in the focus group you will need to have access to Twitter.

You will need to follow @VdTMoCAFUK and use the hashtag #OTinCOVID19 when adding your contributions in the Twitter chat.


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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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