WE GO VIRTUAL! – 2nd COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2021

Dear Colleagues,
We hope that you, your family, colleagues and friends are safe during these challenging times.
After careful consideration of the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Organizing Comm­ittee decided to hold the COTEC-ENOTHE Congress 2021 as a fully virtual congress. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the situation for international travel remains difficult and planning includes significant uncertainty.
The virtual congress will be held as planned on the originally scheduled dates of September 15–18, 2021.
The virtual format will combine live streams, exhibitions and Q&A sessions during short and man­age­able time slots to facilitate real time exchange with and within the international audience.
With our best regards and hoping to meet all of you during our virtual COTEC-ENOTHE 2021!
Stay tuned and stay safe!
With kind regards

New Year’s wishes ENOTHE

Dear valued ENOTHE community,

A brand new year has started! Most of us continuing OT education with the learned experiences of last year’s world changing challenges. We have seen that quality of OT education, the strength of fieldwork, innovation of blended learning and inclusiveness are of great importance for students, lecturers and our network. Due to the commitment of members in projects, initiatives, newsletter contributions ENOTHE can continue her mission and the board and office are keen on working further on a sustainable network organization fit for future generations. Keep track of our posts, tweets, mails and calendar, because lots of good and informative activities are coming up this year.

Starting off with the below promotional video : a homemade collection of testimonials showing what ENOTHE means to members and brings to them.

On behalf of the ENOTHE board,

I wish you all the best for a happy, healthy and hopeful 2021.

Soemitro Poerbodipoero

President of ENOTHE


Newsletter 18 – Winter 2020

News from Conventry University

What does Occupational Therapy look like where you are?

At Coventry University we are committed to creating occupational therapists that are global in outlook and local in impact and therefore embedding international and intercultural experiences into the curricula at every level is vital. In order to do this, we work alongside experts in professional practice and service users to provide collaborative opportunities for international learning.

During Occupational therapy month, the ‘Doing, being, becoming and belonging’, first year module team set our new students a challenge; to explore international perspectives of occupational therapy bringing the world of occupational therapy together, to share and discuss what occupational therapy looks like across the globe. The purpose of this activity was for our students to develop an appreciation of the underpinning responsibilities, values, skills of occupational therapy and how differing cultures may influence this across the profession and in practice.

We created an online blog https://wp.coventry.domains/occupationlearningexperience/ to facilitate a dialogue across the globe with students, practitioners and users of occupational therapy. This was shared on social media and directly with the University of Western Cape, South Africa and Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland.

What started out as a small penpal project developed into a global collaboration by embracing the use of digital networks which made the world smaller and more accessible. Over 200 students participated in conversations on the blog and social media platforms across the three weeks of the activity with collaboration reaching as wide as Australia, America, Africa, Europe and Asia.  Through the project we have enhanced partnerships and fostered professional relationships, embedding international practitioner experience within the classroom. This has enabled us to support students to gain knowledge and engage in activities that develop their own intercultural competencies, recognising and embracing diversity.

Correspondence: Dr Kim Stuart, Emma Rose, Darren Awang, Mandy Littleford, Paula Dring, Joanne Porter    

Pandemics provide placement possibilities: OT student lecturers


 UK’s Worcester and Coventry University OT teams have long been developing contemporary placements. Despite being very different institutions – 30 – 50 students per cohort at Worcester and 150 at Coventry, the largest in the UK – we agreed that if we ask clinicians to work differently, we need to model this. Thus was born the reciprocal “Student Lecturer” placement.

What did the students do?

All students assisted with first year anatomy and physiology workshops. They also independently identified a need for and developed sessions for first year OT undergraduates supporting well-being and study skills.

At Coventry, UW students assisted with online psychology sessions, carried out focus groups with service users, and created an information pack for future students.

At Worcester, CU students created lesson plans; assisted delivery across a range of modules and courses including foundation year students, Paramedic Science and Social Work, and participated in practice educator training.

Challenges and Strengths

Initially students struggled with self-organisation and the apparent lack of structure. The complex power dynamic between student and lecturer also posed challenges to demonstrating initiative in a manner we didn’t envisage. Virtual practice education proved problematic, but everyone developed skills in peer support, teamwork and identifying learning opportunities.

The students began to see occupational risks, reflecting on their first-year selves to recognise how far they had progressed and develop their experience as a learner. All students glowed with pride about the achievements made.

Key messages:

Challenges for students and Educators on contemporary placements are well documented: none of these challenges are surprising. Both Universities agreed to plan and structure opportunities differently next time. But the key message from this experience is that any registered OT can have a student, in any setting. We’ve proven it can work. Start volunteering your colleagues, now!


Terri Grant, Senior Lecturer, Occupational Therapy & Physiotherapy Practice Education Lead, University of Worcester; Sue Kenney, Assistant Lecturer Coventry University & Vicki Nolan, Assistant Professor, Placements Lead, Occupational Therapy, Coventry University

For further information contact Sue Kenney ac8814@coventry.ac.uk or Vicky Nolan aa7408@coventry.ac.uk

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