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Working Abroad in the UK - FAQ

22 May, 2017
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Since my recent posts about working in the UK, I've been getting lots of questions. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions, with some answers. Please feel free to ask more by commenting at the bottom.

How did you ask your team leader for a professional reference for the HCPC Application despite...

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Working Abroad Part 4: Limited Company or Umbrella Company?

4 Feb, 2017
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UPDATE: Changes to the IR35 Intermediaries legislation, coming into effect for the 2017/2018 tax year, mean that working as an OT locum through a limited company is no longer an attractive option for me.

In the six weeks before I left Australia to start working in the UK, the agencies started asking...

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eLearning: Administration & Scoring of the M-FUN

23 Sep, 2016
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The most important thing I learnt from the SPD University Miller Function and Participation Scales webinars is that this assessment relies on the therapist’s clinical judgement in the administration and scoring. Dr Lucy J Miller and Dr Sarah Schoen, who ran the e-learning courses made it clear that...

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Working Abroad Part 3: Recruitment

7 Sep, 2016
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The UK is an attractive base for young Australians and New Zealanders to gain international professional experience, while travelling the world. Locumming makes this dream a reality. In the UK, locum roles are filled through recruitment agencies.

What is a Locum? The term 'locum' refers to a person...

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Working Abroad Part 2: HCPC Registration (UK)

11 Jul, 2016
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While Australian health professionals are rarely denied registration, the application is definitely not quick and easy. I started the process in July 2015, and was granted my registration on 9th February, 2016. From start to finish, my application took about 7 months. It doesn’t “usually” take...

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Working Abroad Part 1: UK, Here I Come!

26 Jun, 2016
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While studying Occupational Therapy at university, it became clear that working in the UK or Ireland for a couple of years was a very common thing for OTs to do. It’s a well trodden path. It sounded so easy: just get a couple of years' experience, and head on over there! It might even be a way of...

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Miller Function & Participation Scales (M-FUN-PS) Review

13 Jan, 2016
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The Miller Function and Participation Scales (M-FUN-PS) is a standardised developmental assessment for children aged 2 years and 6 months, to 7 years and 11 months. It covers three motor domains: visual motor (VM), fine motor (FM), and gross motor (GM), as well as participation. The M-FUN-PS was...

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Bumbo Baby Seat Review

23 Dec, 2015
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Use of the Bumbo is a hotly debated topic. Paediatric physiotherapists passionately advise against it (see MamaOT's post "Beware the Bumbo," for example), while many parents claim it is a God-send. As an occupational therapist, is there a time when I would recommend the Bumbo seat? Short answer: Yes...

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Quick Guide to Mobile Shower Commodes

9 Dec, 2015
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Knowing where to start when prescribing a mobile over-toilet shower commode chair can be difficult. This quick guide to choosing a mobile shower commode outlines the 10 most important questions that I ask myself or the user, once it has been established that a mobile shower commode is required. Choosing...

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SmartDrive MX2 Review

26 Nov, 2015
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The SmartDrive is a power-assist device that attaches to a manual wheelchair. It works by adding a fifth, powered wheel to the rear of the chair. The wheel attachment also houses the battery, so there is no need for a separate battery pack, as there was with the original SmartDrive. The SmartDrive...

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EquaGel Cushion Review

11 Nov, 2015
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The EquaGel cushion is a relative newcomer to the Australian wheelchair pressure cushion market from Utah, USA. The "EquaGel" name was trademarked in 2011. It is on the Queensland Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (MASS) Standing Offer Agreement (SOA) for wheelchair cushions, and costs about $250-$300...

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DTVP-2 vs DTVP-3: A Worthwhile Upgrade?

24 Oct, 2015
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The Developmental Test of Visual Perception (DTVP) has been around a long time. It was developed by Marianne Frostig and colleagues in the early 1960s, and first standardised in 1963. The DTVP-2 was released in 1993, and most recently, the Third Edition of the DTVP was published by Pro-Ed in 2014...

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Dictation with Dragon Naturally Speaking

11 Sep, 2015
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Dragon Naturally Speaking, available from Nuance, has been around a fair while, and is one of the pioneers of voice to text technology. In this post, I'll share my learnings regarding Dragon Naturally Speaking Home 13. I've used this application more than the free Dragon iPad/Android app because...

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Jay J2 Cushion Review

22 Aug, 2015
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The Jay cushion range, available from Sunrise Medical, is a tried and true pillar of the wheelchair cushion world. While the J2 isn't suitable for every application, it allows easy customisation with modular components, and the design works well for users of many shapes, sizes, and postures.

The...

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Quick Guide to Wheelchair Cushions

15 Aug, 2015
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Anyone who needs to use a wheelchair long-term should also be using a cushion on their wheelchair, due to impaired mobility, sensation, or both. Wheelchair cushions reduce the risk of developing a pressure injury and provide postural support. If the user doesn't have impaired mobility or sensation...

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Welcome to OT Equipment Info

12 Aug, 2015
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A place for sharing ideas and experiences with equipment.

If you were to look at a day in the life of an occupational therapist (OT), there's a good chance you'd come across specialised assistive equipment somewhere. OTs help people overcome obstacles such as illness, injury or disability to achieve...

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