Trent Region

Our lively network of local groups across the region organises CPD events for members.

Committee members:

  • Regional Chair: Margaret Spencer
  • Vice-chair/UK Regional Forum Lead: Vacant
  • Secretary: Wendy Ferguson
  • Treasurer: Sarah Bills
  • Regional Communications Lead: Cat Ripley
  • Social Media Lead: Vacant
  • Member Activity Lead: Edwell Munyonga

Committee contact email:


RCOT Roadshow 2016/17: Championing Occupational Therapy
Date: Saturday 16th September 2017
Time: 9.30am – 2.30pm
Venue: Showrooms, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX

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Trent e-Newsletter

The Trent region produces an e-Newsletter which is circulated by email to all members with the region.

Latest issue

July 2017

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Occupational Therapy Practice Learning Handbook

An Occupational Therapy Practice Learning Handbook has been produced following a regional conference hosted by Trent Strategic Health Authority Multi-Professional Deanery and attended by occupational therapists of all grades from across the Trent region.

The handbook has 3 specific aims:                                                                

  • To remind occupational therapists of our professional responsibility to offer placements and/or become more actively involved in student education
  • To increase the number of placements offered by debunking some of the myths that people cite as reasons for not offering placements
  • To inform and reassure practice placement educators

The Handbook comprises a number of sections including:

  • current thinking on practice learning
  • frequently asked questions
  • best practice examples drawn from local area work
  • contact numbers for advice on specific issues and working groups
  • examples of forms
  • practical tips for placement educators
  • comprehensive list of references and bibliography

The Handbook is written in a reader friendly style and is intended for all occupational therapists, from managers, placement co-ordinators, practice placement educators to newly qualified occupational therapists about to embark on placement educator training. An evaluation form is included at the back of the handbook and feedback is welcomed in order to establish whether the aims of the handbook have been achieved.

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RCOT members can access UNISON services via local staff stewards. If you do not have a UNISON staff steward then contact your UNISON Branch Secretary by telephoning 0800 0857 857.

Lifelong Learning Grants

Looking for alternative funding option for CPD? Consider applying for a Lifelong Learning Grant (LLG). The grants are not used to fund pre-registration training (i.e. Degrees, MSc. courses), but provide financial support to enable members of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) to participate in short courses, workshops, conferences or other activities related to their continuous professional development and the promotion of the profession.

Funding can be used to contribute to or cover the fees for the course/activity/event but does not cover the cost of travel and subsistence. Individuals will be able to claim up to a maximum of £200 and successful applicants will be required to submit a report/article (minimum 500 words) within one month of the end of the event, giving feedback on the activity and how it benefited their practice. 

Lifelong Learning Grant Application form

 Please send applications and enquiries to