OT Network


There is a paucity of research literature related to occupational therapy in the specialised field of PICU, and a lack of information relating to occupational therapists’ needs, challenges or what constitutes good practice.  To address this and increase knowledge of the scope and practice of occupational therapy in PICU and low secure services, NAPICU is developing a National PICU OT Network.

The network aims to enable occupational therapists to learn about the supportive opportunities provided by NAPICU and develop valuable practice and research links to achieve the Network’s aims.

  • Share good practice and service development initiatives
  • Develop knowledge of the role and contribution of occupational therapy in PICU and Low Secure services
  • Explore the evidence-base for occupational therapy intervention
  • Promote staff support

At this early stage of the network’s development, we are not inviting Engagement, Activity and Physical Health Practitioners, activity co-ordinators, therapeutic activity nurses, engagement co-ordinators, life skill recovery workers, social therapists or similar to join the network, but we do want to hear from you if you have a need and interest in networking as there may be scope to create such opportunities. Please contact wendy@napicu.org.uk


NAPICU PICU OT Network Online Sessions

The NAPICU PICU Occupational Therapy Network online meeting aims to:

  • Enable Occupational Therapists to network and gain support during this challenging time
  • Share information on practice successes and challenges

NAPICU is providing Zoom meeting opportunities – you are welcome to join these meetings if you are a member of NAPICU.  These will be held every Friday from 1 pm – 2 pm, Facilitated by Dr Wendy Sherwood.

These sessions will be free and open to NAPICU members who are members of the OT Network only

For more information please contact the admin office

t:01355 244 585     e: info@napicu.org.uk

In addition to Zoom network meetings, the next face-to-face meeting is a PICU Assessments and Outcome Measures Workshop on 14 December 2020 at Cygnet St Augustines, Cobridge Road, Stoke-On-Trent, ST1 5JY.

This workshop aims to introduce occupational therapists to occupational therapy assessments and outcome measures – these will be taught by clinicians based on their practice experience.

The workshop will be led by Dr Wendy Sherwood, occupational therapist and NAPICU OT Network lead, and Dr Jane Cronin-Davies who has published widely and is a co-lead of MOTION, dedicated to increasing the evidence-base of the profession through outcome measurement.

Jane is a great partner with whom to collaborate in the PICU occupational therapy network, as indicated by her authoring and co-editor experience including for:
Cronin-Davis, J., Sainty, M, eds. (2017) Occupational therapists’ use of occupation-focused practice in secure hospitals: practice guideline. 2nd ed. London, U.K: College of Occupational Therapists.

Long, C., Cronin-Davis, J., Cotterill, D, eds. (2017) Occupational therapy evidence in practice for mental health. 2nd ed. Chichester, U.K: Wiley-Blackwell.
Long, C., Cronin-Davis, J, eds. (2006) Occupational therapy evidence in practice for mental health. Oxford, U.K.: Blackwell.

Free to NAPICU occupational therapy network members. The charge for nonmembers is £75
More information will be made available later in the year, informed by changes in the Covid-19 crisis.

If you are able to contribute to this workshop by demonstrating a standardised assessment and/or an outcome measure, please contact wendy@napicu.org.uk.

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