Tunstall Healthcare has awarded £1,500 worth of funding as part of its sponsorship of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Awards 2021.
Tunstall sponsored the ‘Technology Innovation in Occupational Therapy’ category which was awarded to registered occupational therapist, Alicia Ridout and her team, for the development of a new web application which forms a digital Clinical Onboarding Guide for Occupational Therapists (COG-OT).
Dr Gillian Ward, Research and Development Manager at The Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT), said: “This year we were delighted to have a new award sponsored by Tunstall that aims to support technology innovation in occupational therapy, this is especially important as many services are making greater use of technology enabled services to provide support to the people they work with during the pandemic.
“The funding from Tunstall offers an opportunity to make improvements to the services that occupational therapists offer to the people they work with. Without the award funding, some of this development would not happen.”
Award recipient Alicia said: “We are so grateful for the funding which will be used for software development to code an advanced pop-up survey which will replace the current onboarding process, engage occupational therapists and enable us to collect routine insights from users. It will also facilitate co-creation of the app, allow us to invite users to online workshops and facilitate the future development roadmap ideas.”
Gavin Bashar, UK managing director of Tunstall Healthcare, said: “We’re incredibly pleased to be able to provide crucial support to professionals in occupational therapy, and increase their confidence in applying technology. The Tunstall Award for Technology Innovation in Occupational Therapy is just one of the ways we are investing in technology and innovation to improve the future of health and care, and equip professionals to deliver the best possible service to users. We’re excited to see how funding supports the development of COG-OT.”