Updates from the VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) meeting June 2020

Forensic SIG
The VdTMoCA Foundation (UK) would like to thank the mental health OT team at Oxford Health NHSFT for hosting the Forensic SIG in March, just before lockdown. 
The day was very successful and we have since received positive feedback.
We are working hard to plan the next Forensic SIG for Sept 2020

Focus on Research 
Our research day was postponed in March due to the Covid-19 restrictions - now being planned for the Summer of 2020. If you would like more information please contact toriwolfendale@vdtmocaf-uk.com 

Free online training on the VdTMoCA
Currently under development - a free online training course on an Introduction to the VdTMoCA will be available on the website later in 2020

VdTMoCAF (UK) on YouTube 
Whilst in the early stages, we are developing a wider range of resources which will be available via our new YouTube channel. We will keep you updated on further progress. 

Treasurer position 
Would you like to contribute to the VdTMoCA Foundation? 
We are seeking a keen volunteer to manage our finances and accounts.
If you would like more information or would like to apply for this position please contact louisejeffries@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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