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New grad groups 2011 112

  1. 1. New Graduate GroupsGroup activities and contacts 2011-2012
  2. 2. Guidance Notes• The notes forthwith are a reference tool to support the effective development of your new graduate group• Use these notes as you wish, to help support discussions, generate ideas and engage those who are attending for the first time or the 20th time• BAOT new graduate groups are a key resource to share your experiences and learn and develop your knowledge and skills as a practicing OT• Use these groups as your free CPD. Reflect on the contacts you make and how you can use them to further your career goals. Identify the transferable skills of building rapport, leadership, time management-even money management!• Lastly, this is not an exhaustive list nor a prescription on how to develop your network. Enjoy and be open to meeting new people and learning from their experiences
  3. 3. BAOT Resources• Check the BAOT website for the latest news stories• Use the BAOT library or download the latest hOT topic on contemporary practice; for resources that can help you visit• Bring in the latest Otnews, look at an article to review and discuss• Use the BAOT Facebook page or contact the COT Social Media Officer ( to set up a Facebook page for your BAOT New Graduate group for your BAOT region. Use this to invite and advertise your networking event, post an agenda/topics to be discussed, or a key speaker who will be attending-this may be yourself!
  4. 4. Regional groups andColleagues• Invite a member of your regional group to the networking evening to link with the activities of the region and hear about the experiences and advice that regional members can share relevant to your local practice area• Invite a regional speaker from your University; a tutor or expert currently researching best practice• Plan topics ahead of time; approach an OT or member of the multi-disciplinary health team to come and share with the group their work, experiences and tips for developing their career
  5. 5. HPC Standards for CPD • Check the HPC website for information • • Develop your portfolio using the attached reflective log after each networking session • Bring in your portfolios for advice and comparison • Visit COT’s website for more CPD ideas, for example on joining Specialist Sections or Regional Groups and for CPD tools and resources on the iLOD (interactive learning opportunites database)
  6. 6. COT Specialist Sections• Research a specialist section of your interest• Share with the group contact details, event info or ways to network with professionals who are members of a specialist section and have expert knowledge• Invite a member from a specialist section to join the group to learn more about what the specialist section does, opportunities to join their structures and benefits of membership
  7. 7. COT Mentorship Scheme• Join the scheme or find out more on how you can access the support and career development advice of a mentor scheme
  8. 8. Get involved withregional opportunities• There are a wealth of opportunities for you on BAOT committees, boards and local groups. See the website for more information and regular announcements in OTnews• Join the BAOT New Graduate e-bulletin for monthly updates on resources and information relevant to your career development by contacting
  9. 9. Contacts at COT• Contact any of the officers at COT for help and advice. Key contacts are:• Beriah Nelson, Senior Membership Development Officer: – Tel: 020 7450 5474 email:• Louise Cusack, Specialist Sections Manager: – Tel: 01767 313 266 email:• Fiona Fraser, Education Manager-Student Services – Tel: 0207 450 2351 email:
  10. 10. Reflective log: questions toguide reflection What was the nature of the experience or event? Explain the subject. What do I need to do Select the part of the next? How can I put event that was my learning into significant and/ or practice in another important to you. situation? What were my desired learning outcomes? What aspect of the event went well? What have I learnt from the experience? What were my feelings What was not so good? about what happened?
  11. 11. Ideas for CPD activity• The following list should give you an idea of the kinds of activity that might make up your continuing professional development.• Visit COT’s website for more CPD ideas, for example on joining Specialist Sections or Regional Groups and for CPD tools and resources on the iLOD (interactive learning opportunites database)
  12. 12. Work based Professional Formal / Self-directed Otherlearning Activity educational learning• Learning by doing • Membership of and • Membership of and Reading journals/articles • Public service• Case studies involvement in a professional involvement in a professional • Reviewing books or articles • Voluntary work• Reflective practice body body • Updating knowledge • Courses• Clinical audit • Membership of a specialist • Membership of a specialist through the internet or TV• Coaching from others interest group interest group • Keeping a file of your• Discussions with colleagues • Lecturing or teaching • Lecturing or teaching progress• Peer review • Mentoring • Mentoring• Involvement in wider work • Being an examiner • Being an examinerof employer (for example, • Being a tutor • Being a tutorbeing a representative on a • Branch meetings • Branch meetingscommittee) • Organising journal clubs or • Organising journal clubs or• Work shadowing other specialist groups other specialist groups• Secondments • Maintaining or developing • Maintaining or developing• Job rotation specialist skills (for example, specialist skills (for example,• Journal club management or assessment management or assessment• In-service training skills) skills)• Supervising staff or students • Being an expert witness • Being an expert witness• Visiting other departments • Membership of other • Membership of otherand reporting back professional bodies or professional bodies or• Expanding your role• Analysing significant events groups groups• Filling in self-assessment • Giving presentations at • Giving presentations atquestionnaires conferences conferences• Project work or project • Organising accredited • Organising accreditedmanagement courses courses• Evidence of learning activities • Supervising research • Supervising researchundertaken as part of your • Being a national assessor • Being a national assessorprogression on the Knowledge • Being promoted • Being promotedand Skills Framework or yourPersonal development Plan