Posted on: 4 December 2020

Between 2 - 6 November 2020, all Occupational Therapists will be celebrated National Occupational Therapy Week. London South Bank University (LSBU) & Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) joined together to offer an innovative and exciting CPD opportunity.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists has named the theme of the week as "Securing the future workforce and increasing diversity within the profession." This affords a great opportunity for academics, students and registered occupational therapists to get together and consider the models of practice for the future of occupational therapy as we ask the question:

Are occupational therapy models fit for purpose for people from BAME backgrounds?

On the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement and newly developed BAME OT networks in both CNWL and LSBU, it is a great time to look at the "whiteness" of practice and consider how the profession can be more diverse in its models and interventions.

The panel included:

  • Emma Nicklin, Trust-wide Head of Profession for Occupational Therapy, CNWL
  • Kalimah Ibrahiim, Senior Occupational Therapist
  • Jamila Lewis, Senior Occupational Therapist, CNWL 

The event was moderated by Dr Anita Atwal, Associate Professor Interprofessional Learning, LSBU.

Watch below.