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O Neill Healthcare is sponsoring the Ann Beckett Award again in 2014 at the Association of Occupational Therapists Conference. The event takes place from 9th to 10th May in Whites of Wexford.
The AOTI Ann Beckett Award is awarded to occupational therapists to demonstrate the core principals of occupational therapy in practice. Members of AOTI can apply or be nominated for the award by their colleagues and clients.
For more information please go to the AOTI website.
Guidelines and rules
Applicants must be current members of AOTI
The project must be located in Ireland
The project must have been initiated within 18 months of the application
The commissioned sculpture is the property of the AOTI and must be returned to the Committee each year.
A replica trophy is given to the nominated lead therapist
Client consent and confidentiality must be respected
Applications must be in by closing date on application form
The award will be presented at the AOTI annual conference
Applicants will be invited to present a poster or presentation at the conference
In the event of the conference being cancelled, the award will be presented at the AOTI AGM
Marking Criteria
The projects will be marked under the following headings. All categories below have equal weightings.
Empowerment of clients
Clients’ enjoyment
Outcomes for clients
Involvement of clients
Fostering integration and community awareness
Sustainability of the intervention
Originality
Promotion of occupational therapy
Educational value for occupational therapists
Relevance to occupational therapy principles
Adjudication Process
The awarding committee will adjudicate between applicants on the basis of the initial application and a subsequent visit to short listed therapists and clients involved with the interventions.
The visits by awarding committee representatives are an opportunity for the clients and occupational therapists to reflect on and celebrate their achievements. This is a vital part of the process of being considered for the award.

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