Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Upcoming Practice Network Meeting: Traumatic Brain Injury - Community-Based Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists Working Together

The Neurology Practice Network is back up and running! 

Don't miss the first meeting of the 2019-2020 membership year: 

Topic: Traumatic Brain Injury - Community-based Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists Working Together

Presenters: Wendy Duke, M.Sc., RSLP, CCC-SLP and Nora Chambers, BSR Reg. OT(BC)

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  1. Improve their understanding of communication impairments (especially cognitive communication) in adult clients with traumatic brain injury.
  2. Improve their understanding of the unique role of the SLP with adult acquired brain injury clients.
  3. Increase their focus on the client's speech and language needs.
  4. Learn when to make appropriate and timely referrals to SLP services when required.

Date: December 3rd, 2019
Time: 12:00-1:00pm PST
Location: Webinar and in person (Vancouver - address included in registration confirmation)

Registration (free for members, $20+ tax for others)

Monday, 18 November 2019

Don't forget to register for the AMPS training course!

The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) is an innovative observational assessment that is used to measure the quality of a person’s activities of daily living (ADL). The AMPS is an ideal tool for occupational therapists who:
  • Have clients 2 years old and above, including older adults
  • Are looking for a valid and reliable assessment of the quality of ADL performance.
  • Need to demonstrate effectiveness of intervention.
When: February 3-7, 2020
Where: City Square Shopping Centre, Vancouver, BC

CAOT-BC members receive a discount on registration

Register here by January 3, 2020


Friday, 15 November 2019

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Feedback opportunity: Accessibility through Legislation

Accessibility through Legislation
Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is seeking feedback in preparation for the development of new laws, standards and policies in accessibility legislation.
The opportunity to provide feedback is open until November 29, 2019 at 4 pm
During this time, you can share your feedback in several different ways including:
Organizations, self-advocates and advocates can also make formal submissions that will be posted to the Government of BC site.

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

CAOT-BC Dianna Mah-Jones Memorial Grant for Innovation: Supporting innovative occupational therapy practice

Pamela Hood Szivek, recipient of the 2019 CAOT-BC Dianna Mah-Jones Memorial Grant for Innovation shares how this grant has supported and enhanced her practice. 

The CAOT-BC Dianna Mah-Jones Memorial Grant for Innovation allowed me to attend Seeing and Moving: Visual Vestibular Course with Kim Barthel.  This course provided cutting edge neuroscience research and applied it to the rationale for interpreting children's posture, movement and behaviour during demonstrations of a master therapist working directly with a child.  Then, therapists practiced assessment and treatment techniques on each other to provide the right inputs at the right time for each person's unique sensory system.  

This pragmatic course made it possible to immediately apply the theory to practice.  I returned to my practice with a greater ability to follow the child's lead, and to watch and wonder and ask more questions, before developing specific treatment goals and planning treatment approaches. I also learned to make my plans tentative, open to continued learning about the child and adjustment of approach throughout the treatment process.  Another take home lesson from this course was less reliance on equipment and more emphasis on the therapeutic use of self.  

Finally, the presenter modelled a deep compassion rooted in an advanced trauma-informed approach in caring for children, families and ourselves as therapists.  Much of what I learned validated my clinical practices.  My observation skills around posture and movement were honed considerably, and my repertoire of treatment techniques was expanded, both of which help me to target treatments better to match my client's needs.

- Pamela Hood Szivek, OT

Learn more about CAOT-BC grants and apply annually between February 15 and May 31. 


Friday, 8 November 2019

Evidence for your Practice: Is the Quick Mild Cognitive Impairment Screen (QMCI) more accurate at detecting mild cognitive impairment than existing short cognitive screening tests?

Article: Glynn, K., Coen, R., & Lawlor, B. (2019). Is the Quick Mild Cognitive Impairment Screen (QMCI) more accurate at detecting Mild Cognitive Impairment than existing short cognitive screening tests? A Systematic review of the current literatureInternational journal of geriatric psychiatry.

Study Aim: 

To conduct a literature review to compare the accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity of the QMCI at differentiating normal cognition, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), and dementia to existing short cognitive screening tests at their optimal cutoff scores.

Key Findings:
  • Pooled data showed the QMCI has superior sensitivity, specificity, positive, and negative predictive values to the MoCA and SMMSE at detecting cognitive impairment
  • The QMCI has better sensitivity and specificity at differentiating MCI from dementia than the SMMSE but a marginally lower sensitivity than the MoCA
Bottom Line for OT:
  • Based in the current review, the QMCI represents a more accurate, sensitive, and specific screening test for MCI and dementia than the SMMSE or the MoCA

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

BC Award Nominations

Do you know a CAOT-BC colleague who is an outstanding occupational therapist? Read more about the selection criteria and submit a nomination by December 1, 2019.

This award is an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions and/or accomplishments to the health and well-being of Canadians by an agency, program or individual who is not an occupational therapist. If you would like to submit a nomination for this award, please review the nomination package.
The deadline for submission is December 1, 2019.


Monday, 4 November 2019

Update from ICBC

Medical Equipment Master Standing Agreement (MSA) reminder
Thank you to those of you who have been using the Equipment MSA when providing care for ICBC’s customers. For those of who have not been using the Equipment MSA, please remember that Occupational Therapists (OTs) who are on ICBC’s approved list of OTs should be recommending items from the Medical Equipment MSA prior to accessing other sources. ICBC participates in the Equipment MSA that is procured by the government of British Columbia, which allows the purchase or rental of durable medical and rehabilitation equipment from approved suppliers.

Medical Equipment MSA update
The most updated Equipment MSA list can be found on the Province of British Columbia’s website. This website contains the following information:
  • List of providers, categorized by regions
  • Devices and equipment available for purchase 
ICBC’s Business Partners page will be updated within a couple weeks to include a link to this website.

Medical Equipment MSA FAQs
Do I have to request approval for medical equipment orders?
Once an Occupational Therapist has been assigned to a customer, ICBC pre-authorizes the assigned OTs to rent/purchase medical equipment from an approved medical equipment supplier as long as the spending limit is less than $2,000 and within the 90-day authorization period.

What if I found a cheaper alternative from a different vendor?
Whenever possible, medical equipment should be ordered from the Medical Equipment MSA or where necessary, another reputable vendor. This ensures that equipment durability, maintenance and where required, returns, can be processed in an efficient and inexpensive way. ICBC does not bear the costs of equipment returns. If a customer selects a non-ICBC approved medical equipment supplier, the OT must request prior approval from the claims specialist or recovery specialist for the purchase amount.

Invoicing update for Occupational Therapists
Effective December 1, 2019, parking and gym fees for Occupational Therapists will be discontinued. The line item for gym fees will continue to be available on the Health Care Provider Invoicing and Reporting (HCPIR) application. This line item should only be used to submit an invoice for gym fees incurred by or for the customer. A proof of purchase, such as a receipt, is required upon request. Please note that this line item should not be used to invoice gym fees incurred by the Occupational Therapists themselves.

To facilitate your invoicing experience, an invoicing line item guide has been developed. This guide will be available at the bottom of the Occupational Therapists page on ICBC’s Business Partners page by mid-November. We encourage you to bookmark this page as a resource.  

Patient consent clarification reminder
It is important to discuss with your patient the purpose of the initial or reassessment report and ensure that you have received their consent to share the report with ICBC, consistent with your consent and information sharing guidelines. For more information, review our Patient consent considerations.
Please be aware that it is ICBC’s position that the Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) does not override the Insurance (Vehicle) Act or its Regulation. While it is always preferred to receive information with client consent, there is a provision in PIPA, s. 18(1)(o), that allows disclosure of information without consent if the disclosure is required or authorized by law. When ICBC provides Occupational Therapists with a formal request letter, the Insurance (Vehicle) Act requires the OT to provide ICBC with reports containing medical information, to the extent that the information is known by the health care practitioner.


Friday, 1 November 2019

Your mOnTh at a Glance


Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) Training
When: February 3-7, 2020
Where: City Square Shopping Centre, Vancouver, BC
Discount for CAOT-BC members!

Heart & Stroke knowledge translation webinar:Mind and body fitness: What really works
November 20, 2019 | 9:00-10:00am PST
Where: Webinar
Registration and more information

An Overview of Kelty's Key: VCH Online Therapy - Webinar
When: November 28, 2019 @ 12:00pm

Where: Webinar
Registration and more information

Pain BC: Chronic Pain Management Workshop for Occupational Therapists
When: January 31 - February 1, 2020
Where: St. Paul's Hospital
Registration discount for CAOT-BC members


Occupation in Practice Network
When: November 5, 2019 | 12:00-1:00pm
Where: Teleconference
Registration and more information

When: November 20, 2019 | 6:00pm-7:30pm
Where: Webinar and in person (Vancouver)
Registration and more information

Interior BC Practice Network
When: November 21, 2019 | 12:00pm-1:00pm
Where: Teleconference
Registration and more information

Driving Practice Network When: November 26, 2019 | 12:00-1:00pm Where: Webinar Registration and more information
Dysphagia Practice Network
When: November 27, 2019 | 12:00-1:00pm
Where: Teleconference
Registration and more information

When: November 27, 2019 | 4:30-5:30pm 
Where: Teleconference and in person (Prince George)
Registration and more information


BC Award Nominations

Wellness Show 2020: Call for volunteers When: February 1-2, 2020
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building
Email to sign up

Call for nominations for the for review of pediatric stroke recommendations and materials
Open to 
all healthcare professionals that work with children who have experienced a stroke, and their families within all relevant settings (inpatient, ambulatory, community)


Wednesday, 30 October 2019

cOnnecT with Katie Lee Bunting

Interview with CAOT-BC Occupation in Practice Network chair, Katie Lee Bunting.

Why did you choose occupational therapy as a career?
My undergrad was in plant ecology- not necessarily an intuitive leap to occupational therapy. For my last term of my undergrad, I did a study abroad program in Kenya. I travelled and camped with Canadian and Kenyan faculty and other Canadian undergrad students across Kenya, while taking ecology, archeology, and anthropology courses. I was immersed in experiential learning and realised how much I was energized by working with and learning from people. I came back to Vancouver and knew that I wanted to pursue a profession where I could continue that work. I volunteered and worked with L’Arche, an organization for persons with intellectual disabilities, and knew I wanted to work in healthcare. Fortunately, my aunt is an occupational therapist (now retired) and she saw in me an alignment with occupational therapy. And she was right! Looking back on it now, my interest in ecology really resonates with the holistic view of occupational therapy J

What is your favourite thing about CAOT-BC?
I love the community of CAOT-BC and feeling connected to my fellow occupational therapists. CAOT-BC works tirelessly with this community to advocate for occupational therapy, deliver continuing education, and build connections to improve practice through the practice networks. I love reading about what other occupational therapists are doing and just feel so blown away and inspired by the extraordinary work being done! It’s such a fantastic resource and I recommend all occupational therapists to join. I’m just very grateful for CAOT-BC’s work and to be a part of this community!

Where have you worked over your career? Where do you work now?
I’m a curious person and like to feel the pressure of being challenged a bit outside of my comfort zone. I’ve also moved between B.C. and Ontario and back again since I became an occupational therapist. So, I have worked in quite a few areas! Adult inpatient specialized mood disorders at UBC; adult ortho-trauma and orthopedic surgery at VGH; emergency medicine and sub-acute care at Delta Hospital; community-based and school-based in Georgian Bay, Ontario; in child and youth mental health on a family health team in Georgian Bay, Ontario; and at B.C. Children’s Hospital as a casual occupational therapist across their physical medicine programs and in their mental health programming with the specialized eating disorders programs, inpatient adolescent psychiatry program, and child psychiatry program. I’ve also worked as a research assistant on projects through OSOT UBC and University of Toronto and as a research coordinator with OSOT UBC. I now work as an Instructor with the department of OSOT at UBC and love it!

What do you like about OT?
Since I was introduced to occupation through occupational science research as a student, I continuously find it a fascinating concept and feel so fortunate to be able to teach it to student occupational therapists. My occupational perspective is unshakable and I’m so grateful for it. We can engage in occupations to better our health and well-being, to build community, and to leave the world a better place. We can also engage in occupations that jeopardize our health, hurts others, and destroy the planet. As occupational therapists, we have the knowledge, skills, and responsibility to understand both of these realities and to work collaboratively with individuals, families, communities to realise the health-promoting, restorative, and sustainable effects of occupational engagement.

Tell me about someone who has influenced your OT practice?
My aunt Barbara O’Shea is a total badass occupational therapist! She is tenacious and unapologetically determined in her belief of the value and need for occupational therapy. She founded the program at Dalhousie University and has been instrumental in establishing programs across the world. She was given an honorary doctorate from Dalhousie University a few years ago and that accomplishment is just extraordinary. I try my best to challenge her drive and determination in seeing occupational therapy achieve its potential to change the world.

What do you do when you aren't working and volunteering?
I am fortunate to have a full life with my husband Mark, our two young daughters, Willa and Annabel, and our dog Sid. I love the creativity of baking and cooking, and like to do these with my girls. While I’m not a camper (though it’s on my list!), I love spending time outdoors. Nature is such a gift, and a precious one that I am so acutely aware of with our current crisis of climate change. So, I try to get outside as often as possible and bring my girls along, whether it’s in our garden, tending to our vegetable patch, or exploring the many green spaces and urban forests in and around where we live. To see nature’s beauty up close makes you care more, feel a responsibility and duty to do what we can to stop climate change. I want to instill that respect and responsibility in my children. I also like to watch TV, listen to music, and enjoy a nice glass of wine!