Jamie moved from London in 2015, to train as an Occupational Therapist at the University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol.With past experiences in hospitality, television production and student radio, he took a new direction. After spending a year as a mental health support worker, he discovered that a career in health care better matched his values and would tick a lot of boxes! In his final few months at UWE Bristol, Jamie has occupational therapy placement experience in stroke rehabilitation, community rapid response and within a young persons’ mental health charity. He aims to specialise in neurology or mental health in the future – and looks forward to life as a qualified occupational therapist in 2018.
The OT Hub has become Jamie’s labour of love, since its inception in 2017. He is excited to be collaborating with occupational therapists from around the world. Jamie has a bold vision for the Hub. By openly sharing information, he believes his team have the potential to make a positive impact on the world of occupational therapy.
The OT Hub
A new online information platform for the occupational therapy healthcare profession – www.theOThub.com.
Jamie has identified the following needs:
- To more openly share ideas and resources within the professional community
- To be a more widely recognised profession, by the public and healthcare disciplines
The OT Hub is a website-based service, that exists to address these needs. Its aim:
‘To provide an international platform for the exploration, collaboration and promotion of the occupational therapy profession.’ By openly sharing information, the platform aims to bring the occupational therapy community closer together. In doing so, it is envisaged that the support the community provides to the public could be improved, through increased insight, signposting and the latest practice-related updates.
Service Portals of the website include:
- Explore OT: profession/career/support-related information
- OT Updates: latest occupational therapy-related news, videos and articles
- OT Insights: blogging and ‘vlogging’ (video logging) platform
- Resources + Services: directory of OT-related resources and services, categorised by region/country and specialism
- Jobs Hub: advertising posts for occupational therapists, OTAs and related roles
- Q&A Forum: online forum, for Members to ask and answer occupational therapy-related questions
The OT Hub is open to all, with some Portals requiring free Hub Membership access. At time of writing, there are over 1,000 Hub Members, who log in and use the website from over 100 countries. These are mainly occupational therapists and occupational therapy students. There are approximately 35,000 (registered) occupational therapists in the UK and 350,000 (registered) worldwide. Jamie aims to raise awareness of the Hub, to encourage more students and practitioners to engage with, network in and contribute to this international member community.
Join us, at www.theOThub.com.
Engage with The OT Hub