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HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News)
'Helen's OT News' Bits and pieces from my world of Occupational Therapy. Mostly media stories or open (free) research articles that highlight the work of Occupational Therapist's, with a few bits thrown in which I think are worth sharing. Enjoy. I am UK based, however try to include articles from around the world.
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Why investing £60k in home adaptations saves public money | Luke Clements

Why investing £60k in home adaptations saves public money | Luke Clements | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
The savings are clear, but pressure on budgets is restricting opportunities for disabled young people and their families
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Gathering the Evidence: Making Personal Budgets Work for All - News - Think Local Act Personal

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Government confirmed a national opt-out for patient data

Government confirmed a national opt-out for patient data | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
The government has confirmed that patients will be able to opt out for sharing their data for more than direct care in its response to Dame Fiona's report.
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Clinical reasoning in persistent pain management

Clinical reasoning in persistent pain management | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
But the bit missing, for me, is the “what do you do when you see these patterns?” To me, it’s about identifying the person’s main concerns – what are they primarily concerned about? Often it’s not the pain intensity, but instead it’s whether they’ll be able to still work, or their sleep, or their family reactions, or loss of roles. So we need to look for factors that are influencing these aspects of their situation so we actually address the problems that the person identified (rather than our own preference!). Shock and horror ensues! That might mean the person doesn’t need to see a physio for an exercise programme – they might prefer to work on sleep management, or work.
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Adult MOOC Learners as Self-Directed: Perceptions of Motivation, Success, and Completion | Loizzo | Online Learning

Adult MOOC Learners as Self-Directed: Perceptions of Motivation, Success, and Completion
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Commentary by Stephen Downes: ''While it's true that you can't learn everything you need to learn from surveys of large numbers of people, if you are doing in-depth studies with a small number of people (12, in this case) then you have to resist the temptation to generalize. The only conclusions you can draw are existence claims and some modal claims (ie., 'x exists', 'some p are q', 'not all q are p', 'x is possible', 'x is not necessary'. These are perfectly legitimate conclusions and in many ways more valuable than generalizations. But the limitations of the method are not respected in the 'Discussion and Implications' section of this paper as it goes far beyond its data to make generalizations about adult learners and to inappropriately derive a conceptual framework. But with these caveats in mind, readers will find this an interesting and engaging paper that performs that most rare of academic feats: giving students a voice.''
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Rise in life expectancy has stalled since 2010, research shows

Rise in life expectancy has stalled since 2010, research shows | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Marmot, who is the director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London, denied the rise had stalled because there was a natural limit to how much life expectancy can increase. “It is not inevitable that it should have levelled off,” he said.
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Take the public health approach for housing an ageing population

Take the public health approach for housing an ageing population | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Neither funding for the NHS and care system nor the pace at which developers are building specialist housing are keeping pace with the projected growth in older households. 
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How councils can best use Disabled Facilities Grants

How councils can best use Disabled Facilities Grants | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
What can councils do to support disabled people in their own homes? The director of Foundations, Paul Smith, explains.
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Social workers split on benefits of using technology during home visits

Social workers split on benefits of using technology during home visits | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Social workers are divided on whether using smart phones or tablets during face-to-face visits with service users is helpful or not.
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An exploration of occupational therapists’ views and experiences of using evidence-based practice to develop professional knowledge in a local authority setting

An exploration of occupational therapists’ views and experiences of using evidence-based practice to develop professional knowledge in a local authority setting | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Introduction: Occupational therapists are expected to engage in evidence-based practice and to be aware of the importance of research as th
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Why Am I Talking? - LG Personal Development

Why Am I Talking? - LG Personal Development | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever conducted interviews or focus groups no doubt, at some point, you have had the uncomfortable experience of listening to yourself on tape. Was your initial response, ‘do I really sound like that?’, mine was. Then, maybe like me, you moved on to the realisation that you are not only going to have …
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Topic for reflection inspired by Lynne Goodacre. 
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Link Worker social prescribing to improve health and well-being for people with long-term conditions: qualitative study of service user perceptions

Objectives To describe the experiences of patients with long-term conditions who are referred to and engage with a Link Worker social prescribing programme and identify the impact of the Link Worker programme on health and well-being. Design Qualitative study using semistructured interviews with thematic analysis of the data. Intervention Link Worker social prescribing programme comprising personalised support to identify meaningful health and wellness goals, ongoing support to achieve agreed objectives and linkage into appropriate community services. Setting Inner-city area in West Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (population n=132 000) ranked 40th most socioeconomically deprived in England, served by 17 general practices. Participants Thirty adults with long-term conditions, 14 female, 16 male aged 40–74 years, mean age 62 years, 24 white British, 1 white Irish, 5 from black and minority ethnic communities. Results Most participants experienced multimorbidity combined with mental health problems, low self-confidence and social isolation. All were adversely affected physically, emotionally and socially by their health problems. The intervention engendered feelings of control and self-confidence, reduced social isolation and had a positive impact on health-related behaviours including weight loss, healthier eating and increased physical activity. Management of long-term conditions and mental health in the face of multimorbidity improved and participants reported greater resilience and more effective problem-solving strategies. Conclusions Findings suggest that tackling complex and long-term health problems requires an extensive holistic approach not possible in routine primary care. This model of social prescribing, which takes into account physical and mental health, and social and economic issues, was successful for patients who engaged with the service. Future research on a larger scale is required to assess when and for whom social prescribing is clinically effective and cost-effective.
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What happens in your brain when you pay attention? | Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar

Attention isn't just about what we focus on -- it's also about what our brains filter out. By investigating patterns in the brain as people try to focus, computational neuroscientist Mehdi Ordikhani-Seyedlar hopes to build computer models that can be used to treat ADHD and help those who have lost the ability to communicate.
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Health profile for England - GOV.UK

Health profile for England - GOV.UK | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
A report combining Public Health England (PHE) data and knowledge on the health of the population in England in 2017.
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Does elf promotion increase research uptake by health professionals?

Does elf promotion increase research uptake by health professionals? | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Sarah Knowles reports on a survey and brief intervention study of the National Elf Service across the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.
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Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning?

Will Virtual Reality Drive Deeper Learning? | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Also showing promise: Embodied Labs is providing training for students to become better caregivers for the elderly by letting them experience the medical challenges seniors face, like macular degeneration and hearing loss. In the simulation “We are Alfred,” users experience the impact of vision impairment during a family birthday party.  
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Somerset A&E clinicians benefit from electronic patient record

Somerset A&E clinicians benefit from electronic patient record | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Somerset clinicians providing frontline emergency care now have instant access to GP medical records of half a million patients in the county.
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Latest news - Habinteg Housing Association

The Accessible Housing Policy Update highlights the significant accessible housing deficit, seeks to inform and update housing professionals about policy developments that may affect them, and makes the case for including accessibility amongst their top priorities.
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Minor Adjustments Keep Seniors at Home Longer

Minor Adjustments Keep Seniors at Home Longer | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Seniors who want to age in place are often faced with numerous challenges just getting around their own homes, which is why one senior care program from Johns Hopkins is focusing on improving the h…
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Spatial planning for health: evidence review - GOV.UK

Spatial planning for health: evidence review - GOV.UK | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
This review provides public health planners and local communities with evidence informed principles for designing healthy places.
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Care homes need better digital information sharing after hospital discharge

Care homes need better digital information sharing after hospital discharge | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
“By ensuring that correct care and medication information is shared between relevant professionals, we can make the process of transfer safer and more comfortable for the service user.”
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Court quashes ‘unlawful’ Care Act assessment of learning disabled man

Court quashes ‘unlawful’ Care Act assessment of learning disabled man | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
A judge has quashed a council’s decision to terminate a specialist residential care placement for a man with severe learning disabilities.
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