Short course

Introduction to administering the Activity Card Sort (ACS-UK) with older people

Learn how to give the ACS-UK assessment, score the test and consider the use of information obtained

In this course participants will be introduced to the assessment and will have the opportunity to role play the administration and scoring of all three versions so they will learn how to give the assessment, score the test and consider the use of information obtained. They will have time to consider and discuss the application of the ACS-UK for their practice, service evaluation and / or research.

  • Location – York campus or can be delivered for organisations offsite
  • Duration – One-day study day
  • Start date –   Flexible
  • Facilitators - Dr Alison Laver-Fawcett

     

Course Fees

    £95 For self-funded individuals

    Health Education England funding available Funding criteria

Course information

By attending this course you will:

Be introduced to the assessment and will have the opportunity to role play the administration and scoring of all three versions so they will learn how to give the assessment, score the test and consider the use of information obtained. They will have time to consider and discuss the application of the ACS-UK for their practice, service evaluation and / or research.

Occupational therapists, activity co-ordinators, occupational therapy assistants working with older people in any of the following settings: hospitals, day hospitals, nursing homes, residential homes, community services, day services, and / or social groups. The assessment can be used with people with or without a health condition. It is particularly beneficial for use with people with dementia, or neurological conditions such as stroke.

What difference will it make to my attendees?

Attendees with learn about a new assessment and will have the skills to administer and score all 3 versions of the ACS-UK (institutional, recovery and community Living versions).

Benefits to the employee

The assessment could be used to:

  • Inform the development of person-centred individual and group interventions in hospital, community or care home settings.
  • Evaluate individual or group interventions aimed at increasing older people’s activity participation levels.

Benefits to the employer

 

 

The use of a standardised assessment, underpinned by an evidence base into their service.

The assessment provides detailed profile of a person’s past and current activity engagement facilitating a more person-centred approach to rehabilitation and / or care.

Can be used to assist with service evaluation.

Course leader biographies

Alison qualified as an occupational therapist in 1986 and has a PhD in Psychology (she developed the Structured Observational Test of Function; 1995). She has worked as a clinician, researcher, educator and professional lead in the UK, and as a researcher and educator in the USA and Canada. Alison was an NHS modernisation manager leading service evaluation and improvement for Older Peoples’ Mental Health Services for 8 years. 

Her current research relates to the development of the Activity Card Sort – United Kingdom version (ACS-UK), the 2nd edition of the Structured Observational Test of Function (SOTOF) and ‘Models of Reablement Evaluation: a mixed models evaluation of a complex intervention’ (with colleagues at the Social Policy Research Unit, University of York and funded by the National Institute for Health Research). She is author of ‘Principles of Assessment and Outcome Measurement for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists: Theory, Skills and Application’ (2007).

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