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TRAMmCPD Updates


We are excited to share with you the initial findings from our research which are leading to ongoing updates to the TRAMm Model and TRAMmCPD.  

TRAMm Station A - Apply

TRAMm Station A which was previously Activity is now Apply

Whilst the application of learning in practice has always been implicit within the TRAMm Model the literature indicates that the Application of learning in practice is a key element which needs to be more explicit. The TRAMm Model, TRAMm Tracker and TRAMm Trail, along with our TRAMmCPD Information Pack have all been updated and are free to download here

Further Updates

Updates will gradually be introduced as our research progresses with further improvements and amendments included. All the most up to date and current information will be available on this website. 

If you have any comments or queries regarding the updates please contact us.

News and Information


May 2019: Both Deb and Sarah will be presenting at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference in Birmingham 17-18 June 2019. We are hosting a workshop on aspects of our research 'The Application of Learning for CPD' (Session 60 Tuesday 18 June 11.30)

Sarah is also hosting a workshop with Dr S Tempest from RCOT 'Learning Communities for CPD' (Session 47.1 Tuesday 18 June 9.20).  The full conference programme is now available to download

January 2019: We have had a busy start to the new year, beginning with working on the updated edition of our book which will hopefully be published by the end of the year. 

Information about our research has been published in an article in the January edition of OTNews: Lawson, S and Hearle, D (2019) A Lifelong Journey. OTNews 27(1) pp 30 - 31

Both Deb and Sarah are happy to have contributed to the new Principles for Continuing Professional Development and Lifelong Learning.

We hosted #OTalk on 15 January 2019 8-9pm 'Applying your learning in practice'. The transcript is available here 

Updates to TRAMmCPD

Our ongoing research is leading to updates to the TRAMm Model

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September 2018: We hosted a Twitter chat #OTalk on 11 September about the updates to the TRAMm Model for continuing professional development

June 2018: Sarah presented the initial findings of her PhD literature review at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference in Belfast 12 June 2018. Session 53.1 Tuesday pm. 

March 2018: If you are an Occupational Therapist  who will be attending the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference (RCOT) in June 2018 you may be interested in a new fringe event, So, Tell me about your research...the event is open to all attendees of conference, but the presenters must be in the process of studying for their doctorate

10 April 2018 8-9pm we hosted #OTalk on Twitter 'How to Record your CPD' you can find out more and download a copy of the chat here

January 2018: We have produced a short TRAMmCPD information leaflet for you to share with your friends and colleagues. For your copy see our FREE DOWNLOADS 


 September 2017: RCOT has launched the new Career Development Framework

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have launched their new Guidance on Social Media(2017) a must read for all health and social care registrants who use social media. 

July 2017: Sarah hosted #OTalk on Twitter, based on our workshop at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists' Annual Conference CPD is more than the HCPC Audit you can read the pre-chat blog here

June 2017:  Many thanks to everyone who came and engaged in our workshop at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference (RCOT) CPD is more than the HCPC audit. How to Strategically Manage your Continuing Professional Development (p6) with special thanks to Dr Stephanie Tempest from RCOT who co-facilitated with us and introduced attendees to the new Career Development Framework. 

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) have launched the revised Continuing Professional Development and your Registration (2017) document.  


June 2016: we presented our work on CPD Engagement at the College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference in Harrogate. You can download copies of the poster and information here

June 2016: Sarah hosted #OTalk on Twitter How to make the most out of your attendance at the 40th College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference Harrogate. A pdf of the transcript is available here.

February 2016: Sarah, with Deb lurking, hosted #OTalk on Twitter When does Routine Work Activity Become Continuing Professional Development? The tweet chat was based on the poster we presented at the College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2015. Information about the the chat can be found here

January 2016: Our book is published, Hearle D; Lawson S & Morris R (2016) A Strategic Guide to Continuing Professional Development for Health and Care Professionals: The TRAMm Model Keswick: M&K Publishing 

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November 2015: The OT Show Birmingham 

Poster 'The TRAMm Model - A Framework for Continuing Professional Development' 

September 2015: Cited by Zoe Parker Education Manager College of Occupational Therapists in her blog 'What's the point of critical reflection and why does the COT code of CPD talk about this?' 

July 2015: Sarah assisted to host #OTalk on Twitter 'Getting Ready for HCPC Audit' 

June/July 2015: College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2015 Brighton

Workshop 'How to Measure your Continuing Professional Development and how the TRAMm Model can help' 


Poster 'When does Routine Work Activity become Continuing Professional Development?' 


May 2014: Article 'A continuous, dynamic and strategic journey' Occupational Therapy News May 2014 22 (5) p34. 

June 2013: College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2013 Glasgow. 

Seminar: 'The TRAMm Model for Continuing Professional Development'​ 

November 2013: Hosted TRAMmCPD Workshop at SHOUT Sheffield Hallam University. 

November 2013: Hosted TRAMmCPD Workshop at the Student Occupational Therapy Links Scotland (SOTLS) Conference at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. 

September 2013: hosted #otalk on Twitter, the summary of the virtual chat available to view here 

Our Work

If you would like details about any of our work, copies of our presentations or would like permission beyond the scope of our Creative Commons Licence please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Information and resources are available free to download