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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Linking occupational therapy and academia into the corporate sector.

Gullifer, David, Martin, Suzanne and Galbraith, Brendan (2012) Knowledge Transfer Partnerships: Linking occupational therapy and academia into the corporate sector. In: College of Occupational Therapist 36th Annual Conference, Glasgow Scotland. College of Occupational Therapists. 1 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Introduction: A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) is a graduate entry funded programme by Technology Strategy board to facilitate a three-way partnership between a graduate, a organisation (business, third sector, or public body) and a university or further education institutions (known as the ‘knowledge base’) (KTP 2011). Methods: This seminar will present information on KTP and its application to Occupational Therapy. Focusing on an existing KTP project: showering for people with physical disability living at home, the occupational therapist based in a commercial company, Disability Needs, links with the University of Ulster to influence policy and change shower design. Topics for discussion include; benefits to occupational therapy with KTP; the application process alongside the methods used in the project.Results/Conclusions: This seminar will increase the awareness of KTP, the benefits for therapists, organisations and the knowledge base, including academic staff, and give participants the information to pursue KTP opportunitiesImpact on service users: KTP can lead to product and/or service developments that lead to better outcomes for service users in the public and privately funded sectors.Implications for OT: KTP provide opportunities for occupational therapists, especially new graduates, to advance their practice with access to a certificate in management, post-graduate courses, and other development opportunities, while employing appropriate research methods in a practical environment. It can also provide a means for the profession to function in non-traditional roles, expanding the profession into organisations without an OT role. KTP also allows academic staff to apply knowledge to functioning organisations.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Other)
Faculties and Schools:Ulster Business School > Department of Management and Leadership
Ulster Business School
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:24501
Deposited By: Professor Suzanne Martin
Deposited On:15 Jan 2013 09:05
Last Modified:15 Jan 2013 09:05

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