Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Fond Farewells and Warm Welcomes: The Editor, British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Academic journal article British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Fond Farewells and Warm Welcomes: The Editor, British Journal of Occupational Therapy

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Upma Barnett became Editor of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) in 1983. She was educated in both Singapore and London and graduated with a BA in English, History and Philosophy. Before joining the staff of the College of Occupational Therapists (COT) she was senior copy editor for the British Journal of Hospital Medicine (BJHM).

Over her 30 years as Editor of the British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Upma worked with 12 Chairmen of the Editorial Board, and saw the profession and the journal go through many changes: during this time occupational therapy pre-registration education in the United Kingdom moved from diploma to degree level and the journal itself moved from paper submissions to an online system for manuscript management and peer review.

Upma's capacity for hard work was well known; she rarely took holidays and was usually the last to leave the building. She made time to discuss the final manuscript with every single author. We know this offered authors the privilege of a level of personal attention unparalleled in the world of academic publishing. In the Silver Jubilee year of 1999, at the College of Occupational Therapists' annual conference at Liverpool John Moores University, Upma was awarded an Honorary Fellowship for exceptional support to the College. The strength of appreciation in the hall was demonstrated by a standing ovation.

Around the globe, the occupational therapy community has valued Upma's contribution immensely, and on announcing her retirement we were deluged with complimentary messages. In the words of Professor Carolyn Baum, member of the International Advisory Board:

Her work on behalf of the profession will be forever treasured. The knowledge that has been generated and distributed through BJOT has been far reaching. …

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