Conference debate speakers announced

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The Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference debate is one of the most popular conference sessions. It is where issues facing the occupational therapy profession are discussed in a lively and, yes, adversarial format.

This year’s motion is: This house believes that occupational therapy needs to be predominantly based in public health, not in secondary or tertiary services.

Speaking for the motion are:  Dora O Loan, Chair of the RCOT NI Board, and Dr Anne Johnson, Clinical Lead/Consultant Occupational Therapist & Macmillan Professional of the Bath Centre for Fatigue Services Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Senior Lecturer/Researcher in Residence Fellow, Avon Primary Care Research Collaborative, University of the West of England

Speaking against the motion are Dr Jenny Preston, Consultant Occupational Therapist, Clinical Lead Neurological Rehabilitation, Chair, The Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section Neurological Practice  and Professor Diane Cox , Director of Research & Head of the Graduate School; Professor of Occupational Therapy,  University of Cumbria.

The debate will be chaired by David Brindle, public sector editor of the Guardian.

The debate rules are very clear, the proposing and opposing team are not allowed to use presentation tools or any props. The cases presented are based on their spoken words. The audience take part by voting, questioning the debaters and making statements. It is a very dynamic and interactive session – a one-off, never-to-be-repeated experience.

It is still not too late to book your conference place to hear for yourself this intriguing motion being discussed by these accomplished and influential occupational therapists.  Book your place now.

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