Ann Beckett Award - closing date for applications EXTENDED

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The closing date receipt of applications for the Ann Beckett Award has been extended to Monday 30th September 2019.

We invite entries for practical and creative Occupational Therapy interventions. The award celebrates the life and work of Ann Beckett and showcases occupational therapists’ innovative and practical interventions that demonstrate the core principals of Occupational Therapy.

How to Apply:

  • The application process is not an academic exercise but involves filling in a few details on the project! 
  • All you have to do is to provide a short narrative on the project on the application form. 
  • The application forms can be downloaded here  
  • Please encourage work colleagues to submit an application. 

We look forward to receiving the applications for the 2019 Award. 

Ann Beckett Award Committee


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 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 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.

The judges’ decision is final.


Ann Beckett Award winner 2019

The Ann Beckett Award 2018 was presented to Helen Corrigan at the AOTI Study Day on April 12th 2019 in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin 8. The project was titled: Experiencing Success – A Gymnastics Group Partnership Programme for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 

Helen Corrigan developed an evidence based intervention for children with ADHD. She ran an 8 week Occupational Therapy led gymnastics group for children aged 8 – 12 years in a local gym. Gymnastics coaches received disability training through Gymnastics Ireland and information sessions led by Helen. The project utilised a partnership approach with Gymnastics Ireland, Sports Active Wexford and members of the CAMHS team. The gymnastics group was a great learning experience and a joy for all. Gymnastics Ireland plan to use the project as an example for other clubs. Based on the success of the project it has been funded to run for a second time.

Helen Corrigan is a Senior Occupational Therapist working in the South Wexford Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. The enthusiastic and effective involvement of all professionals on her CAMHS team was instrumental in the success of the project. 

The Ann Beckett Award is kindly supported by O’Neill Healthcare.  


Previous winners:

2017  Della Murtagh was the 2017 winner of the Ann Beckett Award with her project – Occupational Therapy Special Hands Summer Camp. The Award was presented to Della at the AOTI Study Day on March 9th 2018 in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel, Athlone. 

2016 was won by The Discover Recover Theatre Project in Wexford.  The project group was led by Mairead Connaughton - OT, Paula Lowney -  Senior OT, Niall O’Muiri  - Community Mental Health Nurse.

2015 Trinity College Dublin Careers Pathways initiative, a transition to employment project for students and graduates with mental health difficulties Claire Gleeson, Kieran Lewis, Dr. Clodagh Nolan and Eileen Daly

2014  Jenny Smith and Neasa Caulfield, with their project 'Sharing Skills' Parent education workshops.

 2013 Fiona Mulholland & Brendan Rooney, Central Mental Hospital, Dublin for ‘The Hen Project’

2012 Rodrigo Frade, Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services, for the development of a Men's Shed for Sligo Town

2011  Margot Barry and Patrick Hynes, Sensational Kids.  An activity based social skills group for children  7- 12 years who presented with various difficulties including Aspergers Syndrome.

2010 Theresa Peacock ‘Organic Garden & Relaxation Area Community organic garden & relaxation area for mental health service users

2009 Rosemary Dillon ‘ Motorbike Restoration Project’ A project where participants with Acquired Brain Injury stripping, restored and reassembled a vintage motorbike

2008 Alice Rajaratnam ‘Drawing Smiles Programme’ A new approach to enhancing perceptual and learning skills, self-confidence, motivation & stress regulating ability for those with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

2007 Mary McGrath ‘Home-based Memory Rehabilitation Programme A service established by Belfast City Hospital to provide cognitive rehabilitation in the area of memory for persons with early stage dementia and support for their caregivers.

2006 Eithne Kenny ‘Seating for Doing’ Maximising independence in a long term care unit through innovative seating and mobility systems.

2005 Frances Corozza ‘ Paediatric Powered Mobility’ A team approach to powered mobility in the Central Remedial Clinic.

2004 Linda Welford ‘The Otters Programme’ A sensory motor and pre-handwriting scheme in a local school. 



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