Some of our summer activities

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We’ve been so busy working behind the scenes recently – now it’s time to get outside! (Of the office at least…)

So here are some of the events we’re participating in over the summer – and beyond…

We’re organising an event on 28th June which amongst other things, explores the possibilities offered through placements for nursing, occupational therapy (OT) and other AHP students in third sector organisations. This will be a great opportunity to discuss how students can have real-world learning experiences while contributing to the organisations. It’s also further demonstration of the links we’ve developed and continue to develop between the University of Salford and a range of fantastic organisations in the community. Places are still available for this exciting event – sign up here!

Sarah Bodell and Cormac Lawler will be flying the flag at the Royal College of Occupational Therapy (RCOT) conference in June – this is the main annual conference for Occupational Therapists in the UK. Sarah and Cormac will present the work of the Hub and the assessment tool we’ve developed (more on which below). We’ll be really interested in feedback, given the grounding of our tool in occupational science, and our contention that occupational therapists have so much to offer the world of social prescribing. In addition to this, Sarah will co-host a panel with Paul Cooper of RCOT, on the development of a social prescribing framework for AHP professionals.

Sarah is also convening a panel at the OT Show later in the year – another fantastic opportunity to discuss our work with the OT community.

We’re excited to be participating in the 2nd Social Prescribing Network conference – Michelle Howarth is co-hosting a workshop on ‘Nursing, dentistry and medical education’, and Cormac Lawler will present a poster on the development of our assessment tool. We’re very much looking forward to catching up with many colleagues, and of course making new connections😊 It’s a packed programme – check it out here.

The first link worker day is approaching (8th July), and we’ve made a short video about our assessment tool as a resource for link workers. This video, along with two others, was organised by the University’s research team, and gave us first-hand (and first time) experience of the green screen studios we have in our MediaCity campus. As there were many videos made at the same time, we’re hoping that ours is ready in time – fingers crossed!

An update on our assessment tool, mentioned above, this resource for link workers supports person-centred assessment and the co-design of a plan around the person’s needs, wants and what is personally meaningful. We’ve been working on this iteratively over the past year, getting feedback and input from a variety of professionals and organisations – we’ve now commissioned a graphic design team to put it together and are very excited that we will soon be able to share it more widely with link workers and social prescribing services. If you’d like to find out more about the tool, or discuss how it might help you in your work, please get in touch.

Finally we’re also organising a conference of our own…. details are still being finalised, and we’ll be opening out a call for participation, but for now you can save the date: 23rd January.