Call for a Board member with experience of fundraising to serve on the ROTOS Board

Start date: 1 st March 2022 (for an initial term of 3 years)

Deadline for applications 17.00 GMT 20th February 2022

Applications will be considered by the ROTOS Foundation Board

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The Research into Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science (ROTOS) Foundation plans to grow the research connectivity amongst the
European occupational therapy and occupational science community. Its strategic aim is
that knowledge from Occupational Therapy and Occupation Science research will be
appropriately used to inform and shape European policy and practice, by establishing a
strong European profile of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science researchers
that both supports access to occupation-based knowledge for the benefit for all people in
Europe and strengthens occupation-based knowledge generation. Work to achieve the
vision and aim began as an Occupational Therapy Europe standing committee in  2016  and
in March 2020 ROTOS was registered as a charitable Foundation in The Netherlands and
its bank account will also be held in the Netherlands.
The work of the ROTOS Foundation is overseen by a  Board comprising up to 7 members.
The Board mostly meets virtually (via Teams or Zoom) and meets around 10 times a year,
with the annual meeting being held each June. In addition to a defined Board role, each
Board member contributes to the delivery of the ROTOS strategy (2020-2025) and action
plan. Fundraising essential for the Foundation as ROTOS is a charitable organisation which
relies on fundraising, grants, and donations to take its work forward. We are seeking
someone with skills and experience in these areas and an understanding of the European
context to lead this successfully. Other Board members may be asked to contribute to
grant and funding applications to support this role. All members may be asked to
represent ROTOS at meetings with other organisations, or to speak on behalf of ROTOS at
conferences, events, and webinars.

Getting Published Webinar

The Slides from the Getting Published Webinar are now available here . Also there are slides about ROTOS and how to get involved in this presentation. We hope you find them useful. Check back here for details of upcoming webinars.

Board Member changes

Effective today 21st July 2021 Dr Alison Laver-Fawcett has assumed the role of ROTOS Chairperson. Alison can be reached at Further developments will be announced in due course.

How to get published webinar – FREE – 24th June

Book onto our FREE Webinar –

This interactive online event with ROTOS and invited guests will provide tips on getting occupational therapy related research published. It takes place at 4pm (GMT)/ 5pm (CET) on the 24th June.

Getting research findings disseminated is a critical step in the research process. It is also the means of sharing learning so others can build on and/or implement what was discovered. The ultimate goal is to improve practice so people who receive occupational therapy have the best possible experience and outcome.

Like most scientific disciplines, occupational therapy continues to use peer reviewed publication as the avenue for sharing findings of research studies. However, this can be daunting task and researchers can experience a wide variety of challenges along the way to completing it. Over time, with each experience, researchers develop ways to get around these challenges and grow in confidence. Key to this is understanding the peer review process and interpreting feedback on the submitted paper.

ROTOS Committee Work 2018

As a committee, ROTOS continued the work on establishing a presence within the field of European Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science. We have developed collaborative partnerships with our COTEC and ENOTHE colleagues as well as cooperation with the the Board of Occupational Science Europe. ROTOS also conducted a survey with the National Associations who are members of COTEC to establish where current research activity is taking place.

ROTOS has received a number of invitations to present at conferences (RCOT 2018, ENOTHE 2018, WFOT 2018) and our submitted abstracts have been accepted which is providing the opportunity to discuss ROTOS with clinicians, educators and researchers.

In 2018 ROTOS achieved one of its goals of submitting a COST action for European funding. Over 20 researchers from around Europe worked together on the submission. If successful there will be funding available to run the networking activities that are required to achieve our aim of establishing a Europe wide network of Occupational Therapy researchers. Growth is next step and establishing operating procedures for managing this growth is important step for 2019.

ROTOS Committee Work 2019 – 2020

  • Complete the process for establishing the ROTOS Foundation.
  • Finalise the necessary arrangements for the day-to-day operations of the ROTOS Foundation
  • Commence Board meetings through Skype
  • Develop a strategic plan
  • Submit a revised COST action
  • Develop and launch a dedicated ROTOS Foundation website.
  •  Continue to build database of researchers interested in ROTOS
  • Attend policy related meetings in Europe when indicated
  • Participate in OT-Europe planning and discuss evolution of ROTOS in
    short, medium and long term
  • Assist with planning and promotion of COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2020
  • Host a workshop on the ROTOS Foundation at the Congress

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