Project SPOT 2017

On 10 June, students from NUS’ Pharmacy Department, NUS’ Department of Social Work and the Occupational Therapy programme from the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) worked together to organise the inaugural Project SPOT (Social Work. Pharmacy. Occupational Therapy.) 2017. Project SPOT is a revamped initiative stemming from Pestle and Needle from 2016.

The collaborative workshop aimed to facilitate the exchange of professional knowledge amongst the three healthcare disciplines and to provide students the opportunity to experience and learn about the diverse job scopes of healthcare professionals.

The event started with a sharing session led by student leaders from the respective programmes. Some of the topics raised at the session included the roles and responsibilities of healthcare professionals, as well as principles adopted in assessing and treating new patient cases.



Participants listened intently to the sharing sessions by student leaders


A SPOT 2017 handbook was given to all participants

After the sharing session, participants had the opportunity to compound and make charcoal capsules, under the guidance of Pharmacy students. Although the charcoal powder was messy, the participants nevertheless had fun making the pills. 


Participants measuring the weight of active ingredients in charcoal pills


Group photo of participants donning laboratory coats, goggles and finger cots 

After lunch at SIT, participants were brought on a tour to understand the equipment and technology used by Occupational Therapy students during their lessons. 



 An Occupational Therapy student explaining how to use a blood pressure monitor machine

Together with the Occupational Therapy students, participants also went through interesting checklists that occupational therapists use to analyse their patients, such as the MOCA test, Nottingham Sensory Assessment and more.

A Pharmacy participant said, “The hands-on activities allowed us to learn some practical skills involved in occupational therapy. We learnt how to test for dementia, which is also important for pharmacists. With this knowledge, we can identify elderly folks with potential problems and refer them for professional help.”


 Explaining the tests used by occupational therapists


Explaining the Nottingham Sensory Assessment used by occupational therapists

The event rounded off with group discussions based on patient case files. Each participant shared their approaches and perspectives for analysing the case study.


 Participants shared their perspectives on patient case files at group discussions

Many participants expressed hope that the event would be conducted again next year, with students from other healthcare disciplines including Medicine, Respiratory Therapy and Physiotherapy.

A participant said, “This experience enabled me to interact with students from other courses and schools. I am grateful for the opportunity to gain exposure and insights into other courses, since our various roles come together in a healthcare setting to manage and treat patients.”