Introduction to BAOT/COT: Your Professional Association


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  • Introduction to BAOT/COT: Your Professional Association

    1. 1. Introduction to: British Association and College of Occupational Therapists Facilitated by: Louise Cusack, Specialist Section ManagerBeriah Nelson, Senior Membership Development Officer
    2. 2. The purpose of this slideshow• Introduce the structure and role of the organisation• To provide information for members and direct you to resources• Support members who volunteer within the organisation• Increase your knowledge and understanding of your professional association• Provide a valuable CPD resource
    3. 3. The British Association of Occupational Therapists• Professional Body and Trade Union for occupational therapy staff in the UK• The Council of BAOT is made up of members of the BAOT and takes decisions about the management, direction and functioning of the organisation
    4. 4. The College of Occupational Therapists•A registered educational charity (Trustees)•Is a subsidiary of the BAOT•Staff/Officers are employed to provide the membership benefitsyou receive•The Council of BAOT/COT takes decisions about the management,direction and functioning of the organisation•As members of BAOT you can influence the work of carried out bystaff at COT
    5. 5. Why be a member of a professional body?A Membership Run by Members forOrganisation Members A ‘Governing’Providing BodyServices forMembers Setting(Professional EducationalIndemnity, RequirementsBadges, for EntryJournals) Setting Standards for Trade Union Practice Services Political Lobbying Promoting Occupational Therapy and the Profession
    6. 6. How are decisionsmade within BAOT?• Council–20 members who are Directors of BAOT and Trustees of COT• Boards (Country and Functional)• Sub committees• Projects groups• Time limited working groups• Policy working groups• Commissioned work
    7. 7. Education and Learning Careers Finance/Human Students Membership and External Resources Pre and post Affairs Finance qualifying BJOT Facilities HEI OTNews Membership Website Administration Union services IT and HR Membership services COT Marketing Communication Structure Research and Development Publications LibraryMarketing literature UKOT Research Branding Foundation Events Awards Professional Practice Practice Enquiry line Chief Publications Executive and Specialist Sections Secretariat UK Policy Council support Consultancy Service Company Secretariat
    8. 8. How you formally influence theorganisation
    9. 9. How informally influence theorganisation• An article for OTnews/British Journal of Occupational Therapy• 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• 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………
    10. 10. Specialist Sections are groups of Occupational Therapists and support staff with a common practice interest. They are known as aSpecialist Section, a Branch of the College of Occupational Therapists.
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    13. 13. Scottish Scottish Northern Western and Eastern 4 countriesNorthern Northern and 12 BAOT regionsIreland Yorkshire 100 BAOT local groups North West Trent West Midlands Eastern Wales London South East South West
    14. 14. Resources available to you for your CPD• COT website –• ILOD - Interactive Learning Opportunities Database• Career History (CV) and Current Job Description• Personal Development Plan (PDP) and most current Performance Appraisal• Reflection Logs• Post Qualifying Framework• Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice• Sample Achievements of Learning (e.g. research paper, improved client outcomes in practice, design of new rehabilitation programme)• Other (e.g. course certificates; letters from users, carers, colleagues, etc)
    15. 15. Practical Resources• Professional enquiries line 0207450 2330,• OTnews, British Journal of Occupational Therapy• COT facilities: (for BA/COT groups only) room booking• Library and Information Service: current awareness bulletins, archiving journals, providing knowledge to inform your practice• Web team: website construction, updates, changes, expert advice• Financial support: research grants• Support for committee and project work: funding for local group events
    16. 16. Questions?• Phone, email, write to us• resources for more information and resources
    17. 17. FeedbackLouise Cusack Beriah Nelson