Winter Newsletter

In case you missed it, our latest newsletter is available online: Newsletter 7 (PDF 3,850 kB)
This edition contains information on; preparations for the Annual Meeting in Zagreb taking place in October 2017, update of the 2-3 December Board meeting in Winterthur, new Board profiles, project updates as well as much more.

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Would you like to feature in our Spring/Summer Newsletter?

Please share any recent activity, collaboration or event that has or will take place in your occupational therapy department since January 2017. The piece should be no more than 200 words and a photograph is required also. Please send your contribution to info@enothe.eu

Closing date for news or short articles is 7 April 2017.

ICIC17 – 17th International Conference on Integrated Care, Dublin

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The International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC) in partnership with the Health Service Executive (HSE) presents the 16th International conference on Integrated Care “Building a platform for integrated care: delivering change that matters to people” to take place in Dublin, Ireland 08 to 10 May 2017. In association with 5th World Congress on Integrated Care (WCIC5).

If this interests you click here to go to the Integrated Care Foundation website for more information and to register.

Marie-Antoinette Minis OT4OT Presentation

Our very own Marie-Antoinette Minis (President of ENOTHE) will be presenting at OT24Vx on World OT Day.

Title: INNOVATIVE TEACHING METHOD AND LEARNING EFFECT ON OT STUDENTS

Presenters: Marie-Antoinette Minis (Senior teacher and President of ENOTHE) and Marlies Nijenhuis (OT student and President of SPOT)

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The aim of the presentation is to give inside in an innovative way of teaching OT students at the HAN University of Applied Sciences, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Students will demonstrate how they learn by choosing their own assignments in a real context. This new teaching method includes the triad of education, research and practice, which makes students more ready for practice.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understanding of how the learning environment contributes to the development of OT  students.
  2. Understanding how the ability to choose assignments influences the motivation of students. Students as partner of the teacher, using self-directed learning and responsibility.
  3. Exchange of ideas with the audience about this new teaching approach/learning environment.

Click here for the details of the programme and how to join.

World Occupational Therapy Day 2016

Thursday 27th October is World Occupational Therapy Day 2016

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‘World Occupational Therapy Day is the opportunity to heighten the visibility of the profession’s development work and to promote the activities of WFOT locally, nationally, and internationally.’- text from WFOT website. Click here to be taken to WFOT’s World OT Day page.

Join in to help promote OT. We would be happy to share any event you are organising or participating in, personal OT moment or story on our website, and on Facebook and Twitter. Please make sure you include #WorldOTDay in your tweets and posts, and tag us @enothe1 (Twitter) and @European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (Facebook).


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OT24Vx also takes place on World OT Day and is a free, online, 24 hour conference for occupational therapists. This year’s OT24Vx is starting on 27th October (Noon EDT, 16.00 UTC) with the theme: Making It Together. Click here for the details of the programme and how to join.


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To coincide with World OT Day the OT Global Day of Service (OTGDS) 2016 also takes place on Thursday 27th October. Occupational Therapy practitioners and students can volunteer community service for an individual or organisation. Click here to be taken to Promoting Occupational Therapy’s OTGDS page.


ENOTHE look forward to celebrating #WorldOTDay together with COTEC Europe, WFOT and occupational therapists across Europe and around the world!

Update of the ENOTHE Board Meeting held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 22–24 September 2016

Firstly the ENOTHE Board and office would like to thank Amsterdam School of Health Professions, Soemitro Poebodipoero and Stephanie Saenger (President of COTEC) for being excellent hosts. 

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The Board had a guided tour of the new facilities led by Danée Arends, an Occupational Therapy student of the University.

The University provided an excellent lunch in the dining room and enabled new Board members to meet with our Colleagues from COTEC.

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Financial Advisory Reference Group Meeting (FARG)

A FARG meeting took place in Abcoude, Amsterdam. Ton Satink and Luc Vercruysse met with the ENOTHE office staff and Ursula Gubler Thomann (Treasurer) to discuss ENOTHE finances. The role of FARG is to monitor how ENOTHE members’ money is being for used.

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ENOTHE Board

The new ENOTHE Board had three full days meetings as there is a great deal of work that the network requires progressing by the Board. Topics included working as a team, identifying roles and responsibilities, developing an action plan based upon the ENOTHE Strategy 2016 – 2020 and reviewing project applications.  The Board were very pleased to receive six project proposal applications.  All project applicants will receive a response in the very near future.

Discussion and evaluation took place following the first 2016 COTEC ENOTHE Congress held in Galway, Ireland and preparations for the 2017 ENOTHE Annual Meeting to be held in Zagreb, Croatia were considered.

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OT-EU developments

Joint meetings took place between the two presidents and vice presidents, and the full ENOTHE Board and the COTEC Executive Committee with the focus being on how to progress OT-EU developments.

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2016 Hanneke van Bruggen Lecture

This year ENOTHE were pleased to welcome Associate Professor Sylvie Meyer from University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland who delivered the prestigious Hanneke van Bruggen Lecture, to a very large audience. Sylvie’s lecture was entitled ‘In pursuit of the professionalization of occupational therapy’.

You can view English and French versions of the lecture here:
-English Version
-French Version

To read more about the recent Joint Congress click here.

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