The Purpose and Practicalities of Postgraduate Education

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This article suggests ways in which continuing professional education might contribute to occupational therapists' ongoing professional development. It highlights the need to view critical skills as a feature of competent practice and discusses the relative merits of enhancing these skills through workplace learning and postgraduate study.

It is suggested that occupational therapists aspiring to leadership positions and consultant therapist posts seek postgraduate opportunities to prepare themselves for these roles. Consideration is given both to how occupational therapists might make choices about programmes of continuing education and to how they might prepare to undertake postgraduate study.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 2002

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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