Re-imagining the power of occupation through partnership working




We are delighted to invite occupational therapy practitioners, assistants, educators and students, from across Scotland to attend this one-day symposium hosted by Queen Margaret University.

This symposium will be about connecting through occupation for occupation, as a solid foundation for all occupational therapy pillars of practice. We will introduce our educational programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, the work of our students and staff, as well as the collaborative partnerships and projects that we have with a range of organisations and services. This introduction will provide a foundation for the discussions that will follow between practitioners, educators, researchers and students. We will collaboratively create our vision for occupation based practice and education, acknowledge the current challenges and opportunities  for achieving this vision and explore how we can build partnerships to work towards it.

  • Programme
  • Workshops

08.30 – 09.15 Registration 

09.15 - 10.45. Part 1. “Getting to know occupational therapy at Queen Margaret University”

Short presentations will introduce our programmes, our staff team and our collaborative projects developed with practitioners and external organisations.

10.45-11.15 Coffee break - refreshments will be served

11.15 – 11.55 and 12.00 - 12.45 Part 2. “Getting involved with the Career Development Framework (RCOT)”.

A series of workshops, framed within the four areas of the Career Development Framework of RCOT, will offer opportunities for focused discussion and exploring possible collaborations. Please see the section on workshop information and to register for your preferred options.

12.45 – 14.00 Lunch – provided by QMU

Please take the opportunity to visit our exhibition of occupation-focused student work, (presentations, posters and exhibits) or participate in one of our ‘Walk and Talk’ activities.

14.00 – 16.15 Part 3. “Shaping occupation-based practice, education and research”

Working together, with Anthony Shrag, a creative arts researcher, to create and ignite our vision.

16.15 -16.30  Closing celebration

Part 2 Workshops

11.15 - 12.45. Part 2. “Getting involved with the career development framework (RCOT)”.

Each workshop will last for 40 minutes and each will run twice (numbers permitting). Please register for the two workshops in which you would like to participate.


Professional Practice

  1. Title: Occupation in crisis? Do we practice what we preach, what is our potential reach and how do we define our niche?

Description: The visibility and value of occupation in practice can be problematic. We can often find it difficult to define our contribution to the people we work with, and as a profession, we can be under-valued, posing a threat to our professional identity. This workshop aims to offer an opportunity to pause and reflect on the extent to which the services we currently provide connect with the underpinning values and meaning of occupation.  In so doing, we will creatively explore how we can re-vision and strengthen the future of our practice.    

Facilitators: Janine Hackett (Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership) and Fiona Maclean (QMU)

Facilitation of Learning

      2.  Title: Practice-based learning

Description: The aim of the workshop is to engage participants in reviewing contemporary occupational therapy student practice-based learning opportunities to enable the profession to maximise their impact on the health and wellbeing of the people we work with.

Practice-based learning opportunities are fundamental to our programmes and by contributing to the workshop, participants will be able to explore opportunities to sustain and diversify student practice-based learning experiences for new and future ways of working. We will also explore the potential and sustainability of new models of practice-based learning.

Facilitators: Julie Caulfield (QMU) and Joanna Beveridge (QMU)

      3.   Title: Bringing together practice and education in student projects to develop services and programmes.

Description: Both MSc and BSc programmes continue to develop opportunities for student engagement with services and community groups, further to their practice placements. The BSc and MSc dissertations and Work Based Learning modules all offer opportunities for the collaborative development of projects with services, programmes, and communities, focusing on occupation, with mutual benefits for all involved. The workshop aims to offer further information and discussion about the processes of development and implementation of these projects that may include research, literature reviews, development of programmes or materials etc.

Facilitator: Sarah Kantartzis (QMU), Elaine Ballantyne (QMU) with staff and students with experience of such projects.

      4.    Title: Continuing Professional Development: Academic and practice partnership opportunities.

Description: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an essential component of professional practice and all registered practitioners are required to undertake professional development throughout their career.

This workshop aims:

  • To discuss the barriers and opportunities participants’ face in undertaking CPD.
  • To present current opportunities offered by QMU.
  • To share and synthesise ideas on future directions for CPD and explore issues in partnership.

Facilitator: Linda Renton (QMU)


       5.    Title: Developing the curriculum, engaging with stakeholders.

Description: Involving practitioners and students in the development of our educational programmes is central to their ongoing relevance to practice and their effective contribution to the expansion of occupational therapy. This workshop aims to provide a forum for discussion around current and future occupational therapy education.

Facilitator: Gail Carin-Levy (QMU) and Catriona Dillingham (QMU)

Evidence, Research and Development

       6.    Title: Research in practice, research for practice

Description: Evidence based practice is presumed to be an expectation and driver for our daily work and our professional credibility. How to find this evidence, how to appraise its utility and relevance to your work, and how to embed or advance this evidence in your work will be explored in this workshop. Bring your questions and your ideas!

Facilitators: Michelle Elliot (QMU) and Duncan Pentland (QMU) 


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Event Details

Location Queen Margaret University Campus Queen Margaret University Drive Musselburgh EH21 6UU
Date & Time Start 01 June 2018
9:15am End 01 June 2018
Cost Free Event
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