Monday, 10 December 2012

SHU's Claire Craig Delivers Final SHOUT Event for 2012

With the festive season nearly upon us, we're getting ready for the final SHOUT event for 2012. This Wednesday, 12th December 2012, our very own Sheffield Hallam lecturer, Claire Craig, will be speaking about her two passions: design and OT.

Claire will be joined by her colleagues Professor Gail Mountain and Professor Paul Chamberlain from Lab4Living ( to talk about 'Why Design and Occupational Therapy Go Together' and sharing some of the exciting work they have been doing.
The Lab4Living creative partnership brings together research expertise spanning the fields of health, rehabilitation, engineering, ergonomics and user-led design, to create environments and propose creative strategies for future living in which people of all ages and abilities are enabled and empowered to live with dignity, independence and fulfilment.

Their approach adopts a holistic, human-centred one rather than focusing solely on medical or social care provision and at the same time addresses issues of identity, individuality and spirituality.

To book your seat at this popular event please email and, unless you hear from us, please assume your place is booked.
The talk will take place in our usual venue - The Robert Winston Building on our Collegiate Crescent campus. 

Registration and light refreshments, including some seasonal treats, are from 5.30pm. 

The talk begins at 6.00pm with a comfort break at around 6.30pm. SHOUT events usually finish before 7.30pm.

Costs: £2.00 for students and BAOT members, £3.00 for non-members.

Following the event we will hold an informal reflection session - Wind Down Wednesday - at a pub on Ecclesall Road. Join us there to discuss and tweet your thoughts on the talk content and how it may
impact your practice.

More about Claire....

This summer we had the opportunity to interview Claire about her work at the university and Lab4Living. Over a quick cup of coffee before dashing off to a meeting, she discussed her research, talked about the thrill of receiving the Fellowship Award at this year's COT Conference and offered advice for students on evidence gathering.

Claire's projects

Claire is involved in the Active Aging project with Professor Gail Mountain, a community-based multi-million pound control trial intervention - the idea came from American research and has been translated for European use. 

Claire is also involved in the Euro-Education: Employability for All project, which looks at the role of OT education and aims to promote social change amongst disadvantaged groups in relation to work. Claire and an international team hastily wrote the bid for the £250,000 teaching grant over a weekend in Berlin - despite the exciting sounds and smells of the city drifting in through the hotel window, she regrets that there was no time to sightsee... 

And, as if that wasn't enough, Claire is working on Engaging Aging: practice-based research methods using art as a method of data collection, using photography or children's drawings. It is an expression of what people have told them about their environments and their experiences, using critical articfacts to embody this. This project is now expanding to reach everybody, using the principle of "A Museum in a Box" to take the exhibiton Europe-wide, as Claire explains in more detail in the interview. 

But what if it doesn't work?

Despite her huge success, Claire says that not everything has worked in the past but that she believes its important not to be overcautious in OT and not to worry if sometimes things don't work out as planned. 

"We're inventing the history of OT as we speak! It's an emergent profession, we're not there yet... but that's what is exciting about OT. We're not stuck like other professions." 

The future

Claire says that what excites her most is seeing students take up this baton of enquiry, development and research. "Students are the future, its my privilege to teach and encourage."

See tomorrow's blog post for our full interview with Claire....

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