The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) has asked members for feedback on its annual conferences to help shape future occasions.
Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the RCOT Annual Conference 2021 will occur essentially from 30 June to 1 July 2021. The college has actually kept in mind that this will make the event more available to its members and says that members can capture up on sessions, if they are unable to participate in the virtual conference.
The RCOT Annual Conference is the colleges flagship occasion and is a possibility for occupational therapists to network and promote the occupational therapy profession.
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To assist shape future occasions, RCOT has asked its members for feedback on the yearly conferences, consisting of information from previous annual conferences, the member survey, focus groups and telephone interviews and e-mails. According to the college, this has offered RCOT a better understanding of what members are looking for from the annual event.
At next years virtual conference, RCOT adds that there will be time for presenting scientific papers, as well as arguments and discussions on policy and practice.
The feedback got highlighted improvements that members desire to see:
Going over these member insights, RCOT Chief Executive Julia Scott stated: “I wish to thank everyone who participated in the evaluation, your feedback has given us an excellent understanding of what members are looking for from our annual conference.
” In developing RCOTs future strategies, along with reacting to the insight acquired from the evaluation, we have actually had to consider the ongoing effect of the COVID-19 pandemic.
” Therefore, next years event will be our first virtual annual conference. Held over two days, it will be our more accessible and sustainable and will unlock for more individuals to be able to participate. The content will be driven by the feedback acquired from the evaluation.
” A choice on the format of future conferences will be based upon the scenario at the time and on members continuous feedback.”
Ease of access– lots of members stated they find it hard to go to the annual conferences, due to either travel restrictions or not being able to get time off work
Sustainability– members said they have a strong desire to see future conferences provided in a more sustainable method and with much better worth for money
Themes– the study likewise revealed members wishes to see overarching themes developed to determine and focus the content of the conference
Driving the agenda– participants said they want the annual conference to drive the agenda for further occasions and conversations over the coming year, with more interactive activities and conversations and greater concentrate on specific topics and theming
Casual channels– members embraced the need for scientific papers, but likewise identified these should be balanced with more casual channels to share useful learnings and concepts, drawing from a broader pool of contributors
Continually evolve– members worried there is an expectation for the conferences to continuously progress in order to stay relevant and effective
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