Article review: “Clinical governance and the drive for quality improvement in the new NHS in England” by Scally & Donaldson (1998)

Article review: “Clinical governance and the drive for quality improvement in the new NHS in England” by Scally & Donaldson (1998)

Scally and Donaldson are best friends who fight crime in the in King’s Lynn area in their spare time. Scally is street smart whereas Donaldson is book smart. Their adventures always reveal a moral lesson about the importance of compromise in teamwork.

Double act: Scally & Donaldson

In 1997 (two decades ago now!) the Government issued guidance that health organisations now had a duty to improve quality rather than just attain financial and activity targets. This was in response to concerns that the Tory ‘marketplace model’ for the NHS had led to price being more important that quality of care. They were to improve quality through clinical governance.

“Clinical governance is being held accountable for continuously improving the quality of services, which safeguards high standards of care”

On a practical level clinical governance can be split into the areas of: Read more

Focusing on Occupation: looking at some OT News articles

Focusing on Occupation: looking at some OT News articles

Adapting recipes
People with LD struggle with more complex or abstract elements of recipes, and recipes often assume certain knowledge such as preheating the oven or how to prepare the vegetables. The OT devised a cook book specially for LD that they could follow easily. They involved different experts to consult on areas outside of her expertise, eg food safety or nutrition.
An OT by another name?
An OT is based at carpal tunnel syndrome clinic, and is performing surgical procedures such as steroid injections usually carried out by nurses. Blurring of the traditional OT role scope…. but OT cannot prescribe so she needs a prescription authorised by another health professional before she can carry out injections. Benefit of the role is that it increases access for patients to this treatment. Patients can discuss treatment and leave feedback on an innovative website, which also has a self-diagnosis questionnaire for CTS. (
From OT to case manager
Ot went from to spinal injury case manager. She used her transferable skills as discharge planner to organise care for spinal injury patients. It involves a lot of liaising with other agencies such as DWP, councils, etc, and beiong able to advocate on the patients’ behalf if they re vulnerable (eg homeless, MH).
Let me in
Self-care is not just hygiene, it has therapeutic benefits like motivation, self-soothing and confidence. In a MH inptaient ward, should males be allowed to join in on female self-care sessions? Do they have a right to that as an occupation, or is it ruining the safe space for females to discuss their bodies without judgement? Self care is large part of our daily routine and intrinsically linked to our sense of self and confidence.

Discussion points

  • –What did you learn?
  • –What did you want to know more about?
  • –What is the innovative element?
  • –Why is it needed?
  • –What added value comes from occupational therapy involvement?
  • –Has an occupational perspective shaped the innovation? To what extent?




References- articles from OT News magazine

Delaney K (2014) Adapting recipes. OT News July, 38-39

Kaile E (2014) An OT by another name? OT News November, 30-31

Newland J (2014) From OT to case manager. OT News November, 30-31

Vickerstaffe R (2014) Let me in. OT News. July, 40



Article review: “Articulating an Occupational Perspective” by Njelesani et al (2014)

Article review: “Articulating an Occupational Perspective” by Njelesani et al (2014)

This article investigated uses of the term “occupational perspective” in order to clarify a standard definition for use in occupational science. This should make it easier to apply occupational science research findings in practice, the authors argue. In the end they came up with

“a way of looking at or thinking about human doing”

What is an occupational perspective then? According to the authors it’s not an occupational therapy perspective, since this term was one of the exclusion criteria in the Method section. The authors describe in the Findings the term as being used in relation to employment until the 90s when it became associated with Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science.  Research investigating it is mainly qualitative suggesting it is something abstract perhaps also explaining why there were so many different interpretations of the term in the articles Njelesani et al (2014) shortlisted. The research on occupational perspective covered a wide variety of client populations indicating it’s a concept that applies to all people with disabilities/illness.


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Trends in the Private Sector

Trends in the Private Sector

Money from us (from our taxes) is passed to the government, which is passed down to the NHS to fund it. But how does the NHS department should get which money? And which departments should exist and get funded by the NHS at all?  How are private companies involved if the NHS is a public organisation?  The system set up to decide how the NHS’ money is spent is complicated, and it’s easiest if you just watch this video to understand:

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Article review: “Therapeutic Use of Humor in Occupational Therapy” by Vergreer & MacRae (1993)

Article review: “Therapeutic Use of Humor in Occupational Therapy” by Vergreer & MacRae (1993)

This qualitative study used a phenomenological approach, where they examined the experiences of five OTs from a variety of settings and personal attributes (age etc). These were randomly selected from a pool of eleven. The subjects were interviewed, and then the transcripts were analysed and coded whereby ‘meaning units’ attributed to each shift to topic. These units were grouped into themes.

They identified 16 themes of ways in which the OTs used humour in their work.


This study showed that OTs use humour therapeutically in a number of different ways. Further investigation could be exploring how humour changes over time with OTs- eg does it increase as a result of confidence and self-learning about how to use? Or is there a difference in the use of spontaneous vs planned humour.