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Introduction To The Professional Network Dec 2010


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  • Case studyHow are BAOT subscriptions decided upon?Reviewed by membership and external affairs Board (MEB) every January meeting. Board made up of appointed members. They may decide a new category of membership is required or a subscriber category should be charged more or less. 2008 MEB decided that Overseas membership should increase beyond the baseline annual increase, based on the increasing cost of overseas postage and increasing access to online resources for overseas members. That a new category of ‘career break’ should be established allowing existing professional members to have reduced membership for 12 months to cover maternity leave or carers leave. This proposal then went to council where it was discussed and agreed. This formed part of the annual proposal for subscriptions that went to the AGM in 2008. The proposals were debated by those attending and ‘career break’ was adopted but the increase proposed for overseas members was rejected.
  • Facilitated groups:Three groups to meet and discuss role specific duties and share in best practice. Groups are:Chairmanship and meeting skillsRecruitment and Careers promotionNetworking and Communcations Tasks:10 minutes:In each group write down and discuss:What does it mean to you to be a good (Chair/communications lead/careers promotion lead/networks lead)?Do you have any committee role models?An example of a good meeting you can share? What were the reasons it was a successful meeting?20 minutes:Master resource packs:Group Facilitator to review PowerPoint slides/handouts or COT resources provided to each group (ie: College produced leaflets, DVD’s, joining form, network lists, contact details)15 minutes:List 3 things you plan to achieve during the next 12 monthsIs it SMART?Do you need any resources?Do you need help from others? If so, who will you need to speak to?Share with members of the group one task that you wish to achieve within your role. Are there any group members that can share ideas to help you achieve it?Close and questions as a whole
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    • 1. BAOT/COT
      Introduction to the Professional Network
      Facilitated by
      Beriah Nelson, Membership Development Manager
      Louise Cusack, Specialist Section Manager
    • 2. Aims of the session
      Invest in members.
      Answer questions about the organisation.
      Provide a consistent understanding of the structure and role of council, committees and sub committees.
      Support members who volunteer within the organisation.
      Support members to engage and meet other members and staff.
      Emphasise the essential role of members to BAOT.
      Support your own development and role.
      Update you on the organisation current position.
    • 3. Exercise 1 small group
      Introduce yourself to the
      person next to you
      Name & why you are here
      Something very few
      people know about you!
      Report back to group
    • 4. Exercise 1larger groups
      • Introduce yourself to the person next to you
      • 5. Name/Why you are here
      • 6. Something very few other people know about you!
      • 7. Report back one important thing to the group
    • Exercise 2
      Post it notes
      Write the questions you want answered!
    • 8. The context of today
      BAOT/COT is investing in members.
      Introduce and answer questions about the organisation.
      Provide a consistent understanding of the structure and role.
      Support good practice for the members who volunteer within the organisation.
      Support members to engage and meet other members.
      Diversity of the roles responsibilities within BAOT/COT.
      Support your own development (CPD).
      Update you on where the organisation is.
    • 9. The British Association of Occupational Therapists
      Professional Body and Trade Union for occupational therapy staff in the UK
      The Council of BAOT members of the BAOT takes decisions about the management, direction and functioning of the organisation
    • 10. The College of Occupational Therapists
      • A registered educational charity (Trustees)
      • 11. Is a subsidiary of the BAOT
      • 12. Staff/Officers are employed to provide some of the membership benefits you receive
      • 13. The Council of BAOT members of the BAOT takes decisions about the management, direction and functioning of the organisation
      • 14. As members of BAOT you can influence the work of carried out by staff at COT
    • 15. How are decisions made within BAOT?
      Council–20 members who are Directors of BAOT and Trustees of COT UK wide
      Boards (Country and Functional)
      Sub committees
      Projects groups
      Time limited working groups
      Policy working groups
      Commissioned work
      Case study
    • 16. BAOT/COT Structure
    • 17. How you formally influence the organisation
    • 18. How informally influence the organisation
      An article for OTN/BJOT or website
      Twitter/ Facebook/LinkedIn
      Write for Specialist Sections newsletter
      Assist with a study day/Support an event
      Write for publication- Practice Publications Group
      Participate in audit/surveys/research
      Become a reviewer/expert for the COT Consultancy Service
      Participate in UK national guideline development, e.gScottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
      Take an active part in a Specialist Sections and/or a BAOT local groups
      Promote OT
      Comment, feedback, email, write letters, join in discussion forums and web articles, many more………
    • 19. Specialist Sections are a group of Occupational Therapists and support staff with a common practice interest.
      They are known as a Specialist Section, a Branch of the College of Occupational Therapists.
    • 20. Exclusive practice guidance
      News and information, newsletters and e-news
      CPD /Professional development/HPC requirements
      Learning events
      Specialist Forums/Clinical Forums/ Regional Groups
      Facilitate knowledge transfer
      Build capacity and knowledge
      Share knowledge, information and best practice
      Influence, develop and support national policy
      Peace of mind
      Specialist Sections provide...
    • 21.
    • 22. Roles and Responsibilities of the Branches and Committees of BA/COT
      Many of you may have an identity within your committee or branch of BA/COT as chair, secretary, public relations etc.
      Many have been either appointed by our peers, elected by other members, or even employed.
      The effectiveness of the BA/COT is greater if we operate as a team taking responsibility for shared goals and personal responsibility for aspects of it.
    • 23. Group Work
    • 24. Joint statement on CPD
      Fifteen organisations have now signed up to the joint statement on CPD for health and social care practitioners. It includes the statement that six days a year is the minimum recommended for CPD time.
    • 25. Resources available to you
      ILOD - Interactive Learning Opportunities Database
      Career History (CV) and Current Job Description
      Personal Development Plan (PDP) and most current Performance Appraisal
      Reflection Logs
      Sample Achievements of Learning (e.g. research paper, improved client outcomes in practice, design of new rehabilitation programme)
      COT website –
      Other (e.g. course certificates; letters from users, carers, colleagues, etc)
    • 26. Practical Resources
      Professional examples: Professional enquiries line 0207450 2330, Guideline development work, work with outside agencies, COT Officers, Publishing Your Work In conjunction with COT and Briefings
      Publicity example: via COT website, OTnews, BJOT, Managers e-bulletin, Highlight, e networks (Helen Williams)
      COT facilities: (special arrangements) rooms, early booking advisable, at free to all COT groups
      Library facilities: current awareness bulletins, archiving journals and entry to Welcome Foundation
      Web team: website construction, updates, changes, expert advice
      Financial support: grants, capitation monies, benevolent funds
      Support for committee and project work: funding travel, resources funding, assistance
      Training: today and more!
    • 27.
    • 28. What’s Hot at COT?Our business………….
      Membership recruitment target 78% of market share
      New Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (COT 2010)
      Ten high impacts to promote OT
      BAOT/COT budget constraints
      75% tax relief
      All publications downloaded free to members -
      HQ essential building works
      Specialist Section accounting 2nd stage
      Occupational Therapy and People with Learning Disabilities-findings from a research study
      You tube film library
      Dementia strategy
      Health White Paper – consultation responses
      New COT publication-Return to practice
      New e-journal service launched for members (12 titles)
      COT position statement-Reablement: the added value of occupational therapists
    • 29. Questions?
      Post It Note
      Most frequently asked questions?
    • 30. Feedback
      Louise Cusack or Beriah Nelson
      College of Occupational Therapists