Newly Qualified OT Resources

Transitioning from being a student to a qualified occupational therapist is a demanding time in your professional career. Received knowledge crashes headlong into a barrage of real-world exceptions. The identity and lifestyle of a student ceases as the world of work envelops it.

Sound familiar to you now or does it rekindle past memories? The Elizabeth Casson Trust is here to help…

Supporting newly qualified occupational therapists (NQOT)

In March 2020 The Elizabeth Casson Trust commissioned an exciting project with Dr Lynne Goodacre, an occupational therapist, researcher, writer and personal coach. The purpose of the project is to help newly qualified occupational therapist feel supported during their first year of practice or, as Lynne has termed it – Year 1: Thriving not Surviving.

A group of first year occupational therapists are helping Lynne and her colleague Rob Young to co-produce a freely available electronic self-coaching resource to support the emotional wellbeing of new graduate occupational therapists in their first year of practice. The resource will be completed and available here late summer/ early autumn.

In the meantime, follow the progress of this highly committed group on

  • Twitter @1otYear
  • Facebook Thriving Not Surviving Year One OT
  • Instagram YEAR1OT

and read their latest blogs as they share their experiences and strategies they used to manage their emotions.  One thing we know for sure – this resource will be not to be missed! Follow us on Twitter @elizabethcasso1 to know the moment it is live here.

Case Studies

Without funding from The Elizabeth Casson Trust it would not have been possible to attend the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) training course. This course has enabled us to become competent in the use of a client-centred, Occupational Therapy specific, assessment tool. The training has also enhanced our overall assessment and observation skills. As two Occupational Therapists working within both adult community rehabilitation and supported discharge teams we are very grateful for this substantial funding. We can see that the use of the AMPS tool will contribute to improvements in meaningful patient assessment and increased patient engagement. It will also contribute to service development as a reliable outcome measure.

Karrie Williams & Sophie Dawson
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