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In November, Occupational Therapists Julie Parker (Goole Neurorehabilitation Centre) and Philippa Shaw (Daniel Yorath House) represented the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) at the OT Show at the NEC, Birmingham. Julie said, “We had a huge amount of interest at BIRT’s exhibition stand, where we were able to network and share the work of BIRT. Many delegates asked about the tools usedmost frequently by OTs at BIRT", two of which are described below:

The Multi Errands Test (MET) was developed in 1991 by Shallice and Burgess to assess executive functioning following brain injury. The Test is based on a shopping task with items to buy, information to collect and rules to follow. The individual is also asked to self-rate on their efficiency on completing the test before and after, which allows assessment of understanding. This test identifies deficits, including initiation, planning, multi-tasking and problem solving.

Assessment of Motor and Processing Skills (AMPS) is a portfolio of tools, customised to individuals that can access across a variety of skills level and impairments. AMPS has clear instructions on activities selected to consider both physical ability and cognitive processing impairments. In order to get the best from AMPS, OTs should undertake full training and certification.

A further highlight of the OT Show was the news that BIRT Occupational Therapist, Phillipa Shaw won a SmartSeatPro chair from Careflex, after entering a draw at the event. Phillipa donated the chair to Daniel Yorath House where service user Ian Brodie has benefitted greatly from it. Phillipa had been researching specialist seating options for Ian since his admission in October 2015. Ian, who sustained a brain injury following an assault, uses a wheelchair. Seating and pressure relief are of high importance for him and the chair has made a huge difference.

Phillipa said today "Achieving a good posture is vital for health and wellbeing. From an occupational therapy perspective, correct seating and posture is a fundamental requirement for increasing independence and engagement in activities."