What does good look like- a guide for recognizing person-centred practices

Working with Professor Julie Beadle-Brown at The Tizard Centre, University of Kent United Response have produced guidance on what good practice looks like and provides a set of observable practices that can indicate that a service is implementing person centred approaches such as Person Centred Active Support, The National Autistic Society’s SPELL Framework, Total or Alternative and Augmentative Communication, and Positive Behaviour Support.

The guide can be used prior to or during observations to help the observer know what to look for and how to evaluate the service. It includes a number of key areas to look for, a rationale for why each area is important, and what you should see if a service is providing good support.

You can download the guide from the UR website here:


Article from Scottish Autism- Innovate, share, improve: the role of knowledge management in practice development

The first stage in developing a Knowledge Management Strategy was to undertake an organisation wide knowledge audit of the 600 plus staff within the organisation at the time.

Read more of this article from Scottish Autism here:


The 2nd National Conference for Occupational Therapists Working in Diverse Settings

Following last year’s successful event we are delighted to be hosting the 2nd conference for occupational therapists working in diverse settings.  Based on feedback from last year we have planned the day to share more examples from occupational therapists working in a range of exciting practice settings and provide time for more networking and sharing of ideas. We hope you can join us again.

Channine and Sarah

Date: Wednesday 6th September 2017.
Time: Coffee and networking from 9am and conference due to start 9.45-4.30pm
Venue: School of Health Sciences, University of Brighton, Eastbourne Robert Dodd campus, 49 Darley Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN20 7UR.

Keynote speaker: Dr Jennifer Creek: Skills for a diverse practice of occupational therapy.The day will include opportunities for networking, presentations from occupational therapists working in a range of diverse practice settings, and a workshop on the new Career Development Framework with Dr Stephanie Tempest, Education Manager for Professional Development, Royal College of Occupational Therapists.

Cost: We want to keep the cost of the conference low again this year but would invite people to select the price that best reflects their employment earnings. • £35 for those earning less than £20,000 and anyone that is presenting at the conference. • £50 for those earning in range of £20-30,000 • £75 for academics attending on behalf of their University

There are 100 places so please book early to avoid disappointment. Closing date: Friday 25th August 2017

Booking link:  http://shop.brighton.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/life-health-physical-sciences/academic-conferences/2nd-national-conference-for-occupational-therapists-working-in-diverse-settings

Contact details: C.Clarke@brighton.ac.uk  01273643771