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Professional and short courses

Introduction to Administering the Activity Card Sort (ACS-UK) with Older People

Learn how to give the ACS-UK assessment, as well as how to score and consider the use of information gained from the test.

Cards and materials inside the Activity Card Sort box

On this course you will learn how to apply the assessment through role playing the administration and scoring of all 3 versions. You will have time to consider and discuss the application of the ACS-UK for your practice, service evaluation and research.

Offsite, York campus

  • Course leader – Professor Alison Laver-Fawcett, Professor in Occupational Therapy
  • Duration – 1 study day
  • Dates and times

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Course Fees

£100 per person

Course information

Who is this course for?

This course will be useful for:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Activity co-ordinators
  • Occupational therapy assistants

It will also be useful for care workers who work with older people in any of the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Day hospitals
  • Nursing homes
  • Residential homes
  • Community services
  • Day services
  • Social groups

What will I learn?

On this course, you will learn how 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

How will I learn?

You will use a combination of theory and practical exploration to gain an understanding of the ACS-UK. By learning in simulations based on real life scenarios, you will develop your care practice and how to apply your new knowledge when making critical care decisions in professional and research capacities.

How will my employer benefit?

Through this course you will benefit your organisation by being able to use a standardised assessment, underpinned by an evidence base into your service. The assessment provides a detailed profile of a person’s past and current activity engagement facilitating a more person-centred approach to rehabilitation and care. It can be used to assist with service evaluation.

Course leader biographies

Professor Alison Laver-Fawcett, Professor in Occupational Therapy

Alison has been an occupational therapist since 1986, and has worked as an occupational therapy clinician, researcher, professional lead and educator. She is now a Professor in Occupational Therapy in the School of Science, Technology and Health and has worked at York St John University since 2008, and has been teaching Occupational Therapy students since 1991.

She started her career working as an occupational therapist at the Richmond, Twickenham and Roehampton Health Authority, before working with older people at Bolingbroke Hospital, London. She began her research career in 1990 as a Research Occupational Therapist, in the Department of Geriatric Medicine at St George's Hospital Medical School, London.

Alison's PhD is in Psychology (Neuropsychology and psychometrics) and was awarded by the University of Surrey. This resulted in the development of the Structured Observational Test of Function (SOTOF). She gained her Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice at York St John University in 2009.

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