OT Staff at CCCU have been very busy this month networking with past students now qualified, colleagues from previous work connections, and other academics! Networking is a key skill that helps you develop your professional confidence and build links across a wide range of opportunities with stakeholders that you will be coming into contact with.
Early June saw them presenting their work in Brighton at the annual College of Occupational Therapists conference. Alongside key names from health and social care Gill Gower presented her work on sustainability; Vanessa Abrahamson presented her ongoing research in Stroke care with an NHS trust; and Rupert Kerrell was part of the specialist section group for Neurological conditions. As always two of our undergraduate students had the opportunity for a free ticket to the event! Later in the month saw three members of OT staff attending and presenting their work in Yokohama Japan, at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists congress. This only happens every four years. Dr Pat Chung presented her work on dementia, and went on to do a talk at Okinawa University whilst she was in the country. Karina Dancza presented her ongoing work on education before travelling onto Australia as part of her PhD work, and Jeannette Head presented her poster on her taught modules at university.
Always popular are the skills labs where you find our students ready to share their experiences with you, and show you some of their work. Also on hand are some of our qualified students who are now out there working in clinical practice.