OT Frontiers is a network of occupational therapists based in the UK who have an interest in occupational therapy in low and middle income countries. We aim to promote an understanding of how as UK occupational therapists we can most appropriately apply our practice in the context of these countries. Whenever possible we collaborate with our overseas colleagues in projects that they undertake.
Recently received news highlights - more details on our News page.
A downloadable resource with ideas for therapists and students preparing to practice in low and middle income countries.
A quick reminder that now is the time to renew membership or apply for your 2018 membership of WFOT. WFOT not only works to promote OT internationally but also to develop and maintain standards across the globe.
Read more and find the application form at: https://www.rcot.co.uk/join-world-federation-occupational-therapists-wfot
OT Frontiers first AGM on 28th October 2017
The theme of the day was
AHPs Developing Synergies
The importance of understanding Community Based Rehabilitation if working in low and middle income countries, was discussed at the last OT Frontiers Meeting. The CBR matrix is a visual representation. Find out more at: http://www.who.int/disabilities/cbr/en/
UK-Med Community of Practice
Volunteer OT post in Gorkha, Nepal
Possible practice settings are in the general hospital, numerous primary and secondary schools, therapy clinic, deaf school, Gorkha Women's Association hygiene project and there is also the possibility of spending time in Gorkha Prison.
Small Grants for OT
OT Frontiers offers grants for small projects in LMICs. To learn more about how these have been used click here.
Equipment Sent Abroad
16 items of children’s equipment were sent in a collaboration between NRS Healthcare and Physionet.
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MOTIVATION have an opportunity for an OT to work with them as a clinical specialist ibased in Bristol.
MAITS are looking for an OT for their programme for staff working with children with developmental disabilities and their families.
MAITS also provides small grants to enable experienced disability professionals from all over the world to share their skills with those working with and caring for those with neuro-developmental disabilities in low and middle-income countries.
Gorkha Development Scheme (Nepal)
Still recruiting volunteers
Rwandan Students attend training event in Uganda
3 students attended the event with the support of an OT Frontiers Small Project Grant
MAITS Annual Report
The report provides insights into their work and resources. For further information and the link to the report visit our News page.
Our Physiotherapy colleagues: ADAPT also held their AGM on
21st November 2017
The theme of their day was
Are we meeting the challenge of ageing in the developing world.
At the last OT Frontiers meeting the above web resource was discussed. INCLUDE is an online learning community for community-based rehabilitation (CBR) that aims to inform and support CBR managers and interested stakeholders around the world. Learn more on by clicking on the tiltle to go to out Resource page or go to:
Read Katie's reflection about her work with children in Malawi.
Inpatient Mental Health OT vaccancies in Jamaica
Read more by clicking on the following link: Volunteering and Work Opportunities
The new edition of Occupational Therapies Without Borders is now out!
Occupational therapy practice, theory and research, from south to north, east to west. This book is the most global in the series so far, 143 authors with 67 chapters from 22 countries with contributions from Easter Island travelling Eastward to Japan!
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Our next meeting will be held on 21st July 2018
To be confirmed
OT Frontiers offers up to 5 grants a year of up to £100 each to support small scale projects or the CPD of Occupational Therapy colleagues in medium and low resourced countries.
For all communications please note:
OT Frontiers is a network of UK based OTs who have an interest in practice in low and middle income countries. Information we exchange between ourselves and with others is offered in a spirit of mutual sharing; it should not be considered as advice. OT Frontiers does not necessarily endorse any organisation we mention. Please make your own enquiries regarding the legitimacy and safety of any organisation you plan to engage with. OT Frontiers strongly advises individuals to follow the travel advice of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and recognise that their advice about any destination can change at short notice. Organisations in other countries do not always have advanced understanding of the implications of security situations for foreign visitors; it is the responsibility of the prospective visitor to make their own judgment.