This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “being a rotational occupational therapist” and will be hosted by Kerri Schubert (@Kerri_schOT).
Here is what Kerri had to say…
I love my job – I’m a rotational Occupational Therapist and since qualifying and taking on this role, I have rotated into 3 different clinical areas. I really enjoy the variety that comes with being a rotational OT and think that by rotating into different departments I get to constantly learn new skills and understand the role of OT in a range of different settings. I hope that by rotating around different specialties I will feel like a well-rounded, experienced OT, which will enable me to eventually progress into a more senior role, wherever that may be!
Polglase and Treseder (2012:153) addressed the challenge of choosing between a rotational and static job post-qualifying. They suggest that being a rotational OT allows a new therapist to build skills in several fields and can contribute to them being a holistic OT. They also highlight the benefits of being a static OT, balancing the discussion.
Personally, I applied for a rotational job over a static post when I left university as I thought it would better my career prospects in the future by allowing me to experience numerous OT roles within an acute and community setting. However, I know OT’s who took their first job as a static post and love it! I don’t think there is a right or a wrong choice – it’s purely circumstantial and based on people’s preferences… and I’d love to hear what you guys think!
Some questions to consider:
What Occupational Therapy role do you plan to take on/did you take on as your first job?
What do you think are the benefits of being a rotational Occupational Therapist?
What do you think might be a drawback to being rotational as opposed to a static Occupational Therapist?
There seems to be more rotational jobs available in my area over static jobs – is this the same for you? If so, why do you think this is?
What tips do you have for people who are looking for their first OT job and are unsure which route to go down?
If you took a rotational job, how many rotations did you complete before moving onto a static post?
Polglase, T., Treseder, R. (2012) The Occupational Therapy Handbook: Practice Education. Keswick:M&K Publishing