Empowering Captain Underpants: Evaluating the Role of Occupational Therapy in Supporting Functional Participation in a Complex Situation

SP Therapy Services Occupational Therapist for Children & Young People,  Karen Vercoe  had a poster presentation accepted for last week’s BABICM Conference; Crisis, What Crisis.

Karen submitted an abstract and was delighted to be chosen to present a poster & undertake a presentation at the 2 day conference.

Karen’s poster illustrates the role of the occupational therapist working as part of a case managed multi-disciplinary team in a way that limits the chance of a crisis developing using SMART goals with regular reviews, ensuring intervention is relevant and timely.

This was done by taking a longitudinal reflective and critical review of occupational therapy SMART goals between August 2016 and May 2019 demonstrating how occupational therapy intervention led to her client, Bill, achieving a transition from incontinence to being able to ‘throw away those pads’ 16 years after his ABI.

Karen said ‘The use of patient specific SMART goals within a case managed multi-disciplinary team can help ensure that occupational therapy continues to effect change to behaviour and participation in everyday tasks and activities regardless of how long ago someone suffered an injury. For Bill, he has become a more active participant in his everyday life’.

Karen has been supported throughout this project by Jayne Hallford, Physiotherapist, who has acted as Karen’s critical friend.

We would like to congratulate Karen & Jayne on their achievement.