progress so far


The aim of our project is to trial the potential for clinic activity to generate a fresh supply of high quality learning and teaching resources amenable to use in a variety of ABL strategies.

Achievements against the project plans and intended deliverables

The Occupational Therapy clinic has been set up in the UoN Podiatry clinic. A consulting room has been set aside for the OT clinic project from January 2020-end June 2020.  We ran our first clinic on Wednesday 29th January 2020 when we saw 2 clients: an adult, and a child with their parent. We arranged for the adult client to be videoed in a 1:1 semi-structured interview with specialist Occupational Therapist Fiona Burbeary (Senior lecturer). We arranged to have the child and parent to be videoed in the larger gait room where a 1:1 initial interview and initial assessment took place with Specialist Children’s Occupational Therapist Cath Kenny (Senior lecturer).

The video footage will be edited towards end February/beginning March with the support from Aaron Freeman and Laura Stewart from FAST. Standardised assessment data collected during this clinic will be used on Thursday 20th February for teaching in OTH2108 occupational Engagement. This module is for level 5 occupational Therapy undergraduate students.

Two more clinics have been planned for Tuesday 25th February and Wednesday 4th March 2020. Both these clinics will produce more valuable data for teaching and learning.  

The data collected as explained above will provide us with clinic generated material to deliver high quality teaching through experiential learning in a variety of ABL activities. This is progress in the area of our project:  Enable delivery high quality teaching in line with Active Blended Learning (ABL).

Preliminary Findings

Progress towards objective: Establish clinic and referral stream to run twice a month by end January 2020 and once a week by end June 2020.

We are achieving this objective, having run two clinics in January and another two planned in February 2020. Gathering referrals continues to be addressed so that we can increase the number of clinics towards the objective of one clinic a week by end June 2020.

January 28th update on our project

We were granted ethical approval to go ahead with our project early in January 2020. Our project leaflet and consent forms were approved.

Feedback from colleagues suggest that a leaflet designed specifically for children would be a good idea, so we plan to develop this in the next few weeks.

Feedback from a prospective client has made us think about the need to be more specific about GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). Questions asked by the participant could be answered adequately, but we need to alter the information leaflet to make it clearer that all data is stored security and the access is limited to those involved in the project only. 

The really exciting news from our point of view is two fold: 

  1. We have been loaned a clinic room in the UoN Podiatry clinic until June 2020. The room has been transformed for our needs including painting it and putting in furniture that allows for an informal feel for client interview. We have also been gifted a child sized table and bench for assessments with young children. We want to say a big big THANK-YOU to Manju Mital (Senior Lecturer in Podiatry) and Lucie Armstrong-Kurn (Faculty Operations Manager). We could not got this far without their drive and support.
  2. We see our first two clients tomorrow, Wednesday 29th January 2020. We have an adult who is coming for an interview with Fiona Burbeary (Senior Lecturer in Occupational Therapy) and for a Sensory Profile self-assessment. We also have a child and parent who are coming for an initial interview to discuss the child’s needs. Both participants have agreed for their interview to be videoed and for their anonymous data to be used for teaching and learning.

We have been making plans with Aaron Freeman and Laura Stewart for professional standard videoing of a standardised assessment with a child participant in February 2020 and have a participant who has agreed to do this.

We will keep you posted about how the first two interviews go.

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Progress report

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We have now started the recruitment process for clients for our project and hope to get our submission for ethical approval for the teaching and learning part of the project in for the December deadline. 


Welcome to From Clinic to classroom and back again

We are very pleased to have been successful in our Learning Enhancement and Innovation Bid 2019-20 for our Occupational Therapy project at the University of Northampton “From Clinic to Classroom and back again”.  Look at the pages on the blog to learn more about our project.

Some of the work behind our bid included finding the clinic room/s. Liaising with Podiatry was pivotal to this, and we now have a room offered to us within the UoN Podiatry clinic to use for initial interviews. One of our plans is to make this ‘user friendly’ and ‘cosy’. 

Another important aspect is the ethical issues of our project. We are, as I write,  preparing an application for ethical approval to use the data collected from our service users for teaching and learning. 

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Keep posted for updates on our progress!