VdTMoCAF (UK) Awards

VdTMoCAF (UK) Awards

VdTMoCAF (UK) Award for Occupational Therapy Support Workers - £100 for CPD activity

Closing date 5pm on 24 April 2020

The purpose of this award is to provide a financial award to OT support workers nominated by qualified and unqualified colleagues to receive recognition for making a significant contribution to developing the use of the VdTMoCA within their clinical work setting.

Award specific criteria:

The nominated occupational therapy support worker must be:

  • Employed within Health and Social Care as an occupational therapy support worker
  • Using the VdT Model of Creative Ability with supervision / regular support and guidance from a qualified occupational therapist
  • Financial award to contribute to costs of attending a continuing professional development event or to purchasing resources to support continuing professional development

For a nomination pack please e-mail louisejeffries@vdtmocaf-uk.com 

Congratulations to our previous winners 

2019 - Becky Harding 

2017 - Sara Norman 

2011 - Becky Mineards 

2009 - Jacqui Schon 



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