Take part in Occupational Therapy Week and celebrate your profession alongside occupational therapists across the country.
OT Week 2013 was a huge success, with OTs all over the UK demonstrating their pride in their profession!
Canterbury Christ Church University
Photos by Hannah Fitzpatrick @ Squirrel Photography
You can see more photos on our Facebook page.
On Twitter OTs told the world what made them #Proud2BOT!
OTs on Twitter using the hashtags #OTWeek and #OTWeek13 reached an estimated 80,000 people with discussion about occupational therapy!
It doesn't have to stop there!
Promoting the value of occupational therapy needs to continue all year round, so that the general public and commissioners are aware of the importance of OT services.
There are several ways you can continue to promote OT into 2014:
- Become an OT Ambassador
- Take part in #OperationStealth
- Get active on social media and tell your friends and colleagues about the work that OTs do
- And there will always be OT Week 2014 to look forward to...
OT Week 2014
There are so many different audiences locally that need to hear about the benefits of occupational therapy, including:
- • Commissioners, including GPs
- • Senior managers
- • Service users and their families
- • Schools and colleges
- • Other health and social care professionals
- • Local and national government policy makers
Things to do for Occupational Therapy Week
Consider what you want to achieve during occupational therapy week.
Give yourself a target for example:
• tell 20 people (that’s four a day) about the benefits of occupational therapy;
• get a story in your company in-house magazine about your department;
• visit a school and show the students and teachers what occupational therapy can do and what a rewarding career it is.
Little actions can make a difference
Last year one service created an OT Week screen saver and this was used by every member of the service during OT Week. This was an effective and yet simple way to promote the profession.
Ultimately your actions will make a difference in informing people about occupational therapy. Use Occupational Therapy Week as your chance to demonstrate the pride you have in your profession…
"Occupational Therapy Week 2012 was a real turning point for our small OT team. We all felt as though we can do something to influence what people think about OTs and this was hugely motivating. It was good to see all the OTs working together and being far more positive afterwards."
Tell us what your plans are for OT Week 2013 and help inspire other OTs.
You can contact us on Twitter using the hashtag #OTWeek13, on Facebook or email.
OT Week resources
You could use the time between now and OT Week to arrange a meeting with a service commissioner, political representative or other decision maker. There are lots of useful template letters and tips in this section of the site which will help you plan, prepare and promote your meeting.
OT Week General Checklist
OT Week Hints and Tips
Template press release
Guide to contacting the media
Template letter to GPs
Template letter to comissioners
Template letter to politicians
Template letter to premise managers to ask for permission to set up an OT Week stand
Template invitation to VIP guest
OT Week logo
OT Week banner
Find out more about how you can:
- Promote Occupational Therapy to GPs
- Promote Occupational Therapy to the public
- Promote Occupational Therapy to young people, teachers, and careers advisors
- Run a VIP event
- Involve the media
- Use social media to promote OT