OT Frontiers can help link OTs from the UK with OTs in low and middle income countries. The partnership is a chance for OTs from different cultures to share knowledge, skills and experiences. Distance partnerships facilitate a two-way process for reflection and learning, that is of value and benefit to both parties. The relationship is similar to mentoring but there is a stress on the equality within the relationship. Mentoring aims to help an individual develop to their full potential.
Some of the benefits may include:
The specific benefits for Occupational Therapists in low/ middle income countries are:
The specific benefits for UK based Occupational Therapists include:
A distance partnership may be carried out through an exchange of letters, email or telephone calls, depending on the needs and accessibility to technology. It is worth noting that access to email can be very problematic in many countries. In one of our distance partnerships, communication was by post and text messages. In six years, only one letter was lost, and the average time frame for us each to write and receive a letter was three to four months.
Ideas for distance partnership collaboration:
If you are interested, please contact us and mark your message 'distance partnerships'.
20 January 2024
20 April 2024
20 July 2024
OTs, students, and others interested in occupational therapy in low and middle income countries are very welcome to participate in these rich, varied and thought-provoking conferences that provide exciting opportunities for networking, meaningful discussion and certified CPD activity. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register.