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2013 COT Pearson Award for education, research or continuing professional development - winner announced

Samantha Armitage, a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT), has been named as the winner of the 2013 COT Pearson Award for education, research or continuing professional development. 

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Samantha has been qualified as an occupational therapist for eight years and has worked in paediatrics for six. Samantha currently works for East Cheshire NHS Trust as a community children’s occupational therapist.

On hearing of her success, Samantha said: ‘I am delighted to be selected as the recipient of the Pearson Award this year which I applied for in order to continue my professional development in the area of Sensory Integration Therapy, enhancing my clinical practice as a paediatric occupational therapist. This Award will enable me to progress along the post graduate training pathway in Sensory Integration, developing knowledge, skills and expertise in the areas of sensory processing, integration and specialist therapy practice.

As well as practical skill development, the course will provide opportunity to critique and appraise the evolving research and evidence base for practice using this approach, all of which will be integrated into daily clinical work to improve the quality of care and outcomes of therapy for children experiencing sensory integration dysfunction, directly making a difference to children and families.’

The Award, now in its second year, was developed as a joint initiative between the College of Occupational Therapists and Pearson Assessment, and invited entrants to submit an application from September 2012. The Award aims to provide support for an individual professional or student BAOT member towards an activity that forms part of their education, research or continuing professional development. A sum of £1,000 was awarded to Samantha to enable her to continue her professional development in Sensory Integration Therapy.

Naomi Hankinson, Chair of the Awards Panel and Chair of COT Council said of the 2013 outcome:

‘There was an excellent outcome to the 2013 Pearson Award, and the College is grateful to Pearson Assessment for supporting the ongoing education and research interests of its members. A number of strong applications were received this year, and the winner will benefit from support for her postgraduate training interests.’

Shelley Hughes, Occupational Therapy and Training Manager for Pearson Assessment, commended Samantha on her success: ‘Pearson Assessment would like to congratulate Samantha on the outcome of her application to this year’s COT Pearson Award. We wish her every success in her course and are confident it will enhance her clinical practice with children and families. Our aim in working with the College of Occupational Therapists and our ongoing support of this Award is to recognise the fantastic work and commitment that individuals make to the profession of occupational therapy.’

Pearson Assessment is the leading publisher of assessments for professionals working in health, psychology and educational settings. Their portfolio covers a range of bestselling, standardised assessments and intervention tools in areas including: motor, visuo-perceptual, sensory and functional skills and wellbeing. These include the Movement Assessment Battery for Children - Second Edition (Movement ABC-2), Sensory Profile™ and the newly published The Functional Living Scale - UK Version (TFLS UK).

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Date posted: May 9, 2013

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About Pearson Assessment

  • Pearson Assessment is the world’s largest commercial developer and distributor of educational assessments and psychological testing materials with a 90 year history of commitment to researching and developing products to a reliable high standard.
  • Pearson Assessment is dedicated to the pursuit of professional excellence, leadership, and growth through acquisition, development, publication, and the maintenance of quality assessment tools in order to anticipate and meet the needs of its customers.
  • Drawing on our knowledge and capabilities, Pearson Assessment is dedicated to creating proven standardised assessments and interventions that transform lives and help professionals in education, health services and other areas to provide the best possible diagnosis and care.
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  • The COT Pearson Award for education, research or continuing professional development was originally launched in 2011.

About the College of Occupational Therapists

  • The College of Occupational Therapists is the only professional body for occupational therapists in the UK and the voice for the occupational therapy profession.
  • We promote the value of occupational therapy as a means of improving the health and wellbeing of UK citizens and strive for excellence in occupational therapy education, in professional development, in research and in practice.
  • The College has over 29,000 members including researchers, practitioners, students and overseas members. Practitioners work in a range of settings including hospitals, health centres, schools, residential and nursing care, childrens’ centres, prisons, workplaces, voluntary organizations and independent practice.

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