Hilary Williams - Occupational Therapy - Research & Development - The SLaM experience

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Hilary Williams from South London & Maudsley discusses the ways in which you can create a research culture, reflecting on her own role as research lead at SLaM.

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Hilary Williams - Occupational Therapy - Research & Development - The SLaM experience

  1. 1. Oxfordshire Occupational Therapy Research Conference 2008 ‘Occupational Therapy Research & Development - the SLaM experience’ Hilary Williams Lead Occupational Therapist – Research & Development South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  2. 2. Today’s presentation will : <ul><li>Outline the SLaM R&D strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Describe its implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrate this with examples & important messages </li></ul>
  3. 3. SLaM: The ‘big picture’ Local mental health & substance misuse services Teaching facility & research leader in partnership with IoP, Kings College London National & Specialist services
  4. 4. SLaM Occupational Therapy: Local mental health & substance misuse services Teaching facility & research leader in partnership with IoP, Kings College London National & Specialist services
  5. 5. Occupational Therapy Research & Development Strategy: Research consumers Resources that support OT research Research projects & champions Research culture
  6. 6. Research culture:
  7. 7. Research culture: job descriptions & competencies conferences role development days moholistserv Occupational Therapy Executive NICE guidance standardised assessments outcome measurement learning & development opportunities Occupational Therapy Strategy
  8. 8. Research consumption:
  9. 9. Research consumption: Conference presentations group aims & objectives journal club within role development sessions Peer reviews & benchmarking MDT journal clubs & teaching external events
  10. 10. Resources supporting research:
  11. 11. Resources supporting research: COT R&D Board Library London Mental Health OT Research Network mentoring Biomedical Research Centre Research Centre for Occupation in Mental Health individuals
  12. 12. Research projects & champions:
  13. 13. Research projects & champions: Biomedical Research Centre – Allied Health Opportunities MSc Level studies PhD candidates Research Centre for Occupation in Mental Health Clinical experts Steering groups
  14. 14. What about me?
  15. 15. Guidance from the literature: <ul><li>Bland, C.J. & Schmitz, C.C. (1996). Characteristics of the Successful Researcher and Implications for Faculty Development. Journal of Medical Education, Vol. 61, 22-31. </li></ul>Highly motivated by intrinsic factors & committed Autonomy Local & peer, internal & external, networks Orientation Habits, time, autonomous Work Training, contacts & emotional support Mentor Socialisation & supportive Environment Clinical & relevant methodology In depth knowledge
  16. 16. Guidance from the literature: <ul><li>Case-Smith, J. 1997. Developing a Research Career: Advice from Occupational Therapy Researchers. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 53(1), 44-51 </li></ul>All research must be shared, critiqued and evaluated Accept criticism Small steps. Good research takes time to develop 10 year plan Protect research time & involves creatively managing other demands Link roles & prioritise work Analytical skills central to a researchers role Read & appraise literature Socialisation & communication Working relationships Intellectual & social support & help with the systems (including funding) Mentor Foundation for research skill development PhD
  17. 17. Key messages: <ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Tenacity </li></ul><ul><li>Tell others of your interest </li></ul><ul><li>Take & seek out opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Try it… </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Any questions?? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Thank you: <ul><li>for the invitation &… </li></ul><ul><li>for listening! </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Hilary Williams </li></ul><ul><li>Lead Occupational Therapists (Research & Development) </li></ul><ul><li>South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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