Reflections on doing, being and becoming the #OTalk student digital leader intern

Murray, Kelly and Stanley, Kirsty (2016) Reflections on doing, being and becoming the #OTalk student digital leader intern. In: College of Occupational Therapists 40th annual conference and exhibition, 28-30 June 2016, Harrogate, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

OTalk is an ever-growing community of practitioners, students and academics/researchers who engage in weekly chats over the social media platform of Twitter. Discussion topics are of relevance to occupational therapists and occupational scientists (OTalk 2014). Prior to accepting a place on a pre-reg course in occupational therapy, OTalk enabled me to develop awareness of current, relevant topics impacting the profession I wanted to enter. As a student it has given me further opportunities to understand how theory supports practice in a wide range of clinical settings beyond my own experiences of placement and classroom-based learning. Midway through my first year of studying, I had the opportunity to undertake an internship with OTalk, as a student digital leader as a CPD activity for 16-month period with the team to develop digital leadership skills (OTalk 2015). The experience gained throughout the intern period allowed for the development of communication skills, publicity and promotion skills and professionalism in the context of appropriate use of social media. It also gave opportunity to develop skills highlighted within HCPC Standards of Proficiency: Occupational Therapist (2013) such as building and maintaining professional relationships as well as working appropriately with others. The poster will outline my personal experience and reflections of doing, being and becoming (Wilcock 1998) a student digital leader intern with the OTalk team. It will explore the development of skills I can carry forward into the occupational therapy profession and also the challenges I faced interning alongside studying towards my pre-reg qualification in occupational therapy. It will also aim to encourage student OTs to continue to make use of social media as part of their learning journey and post-graduation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Rehabilitation and Social Work > Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 12:25
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2017 16:41
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2592

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