Effective today 21st July 2021 Dr Alison Laver-Fawcett has assumed the role of ROTOS Chairperson. Alison can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further developments will be announced in due course.
Book onto our FREE Webinar – https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/getting-published-in-occupational-therapy-journals-tips-from-the-inside-tickets-155823928565
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.
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.
- 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