#OTalk 22nd January 2019 – Being a rotational OT

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?

References:

Polglase, T., Treseder, R. (2012) The Occupational Therapy Handbook: Practice Education. Keswick:M&K Publishing

 

Advertisements

#OTalk 15th January 2019 – Applying your learning in Practice

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “applying your learning” and will be hosted by Sarah Lawson (@SLawsonOT).

Here is what Sarah had to say…

Hi, I am Sarah (@SLawsonOT), I am an Occupational Therapist, MPhil/PhD student, volunteer member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) North West Regional Committee and Conference Development Team and along with @HearleD we develop TRAMmCPD.

TRAMmCPD comprises of the TRAMm (Tell, Record, Apply, Monitor and measure) Model and its tools the TRAMm Tracker and TRAMm Trail, which collectively are known as TRAMmCPD. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a personal and subjective journey, as well as our professional responsibility and a mandatory requirement of our registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). In order to be effective we need to Tell others, Record and Apply what we have learnt through our CPD activities, Monitor our progress and measure the impact (Hearle et al 2016). Information about TRAMmCPD and free downloads are available from our website (www.TRAMmCPD.com) and if you are a member of RCOT our book us available to view, free via the RCOT website.

Both Deb and I are carrying out Doctoral research into CPD and the TRAMmCPD and our findings have led to a more explicit focus within the TRAMm Model of the importance of the applicationof learning in practice. It is not enough to record that we have learnt something, and reflected but what we do next with what we have learnt is fundamental to meeting the HCPC Standards for CPD.

For the #RCOT2018 Conference with a little help from some friends and students we put together #CPDBingo with one game for before and during conference the other for after conference.

How do you Apply your learning?

The decision to attend a conference or training can involve a lot of planning. You have booked your place, negotiated time from work, arranged the funding, saved money for the trip, all your domestic arrangements are made. You attend the event, learn a lot and have a great time.

What next?

You have your certificates safely stored in the carrier bag under the bed… but will your Certificate/s of Attendance be just that or will it/they form a part of your wider engagement in your CPD?

You have engaged in a myriad of CPD activities, some formal others informal, you have a list if you need it in your diary.

You have learnt a range of new things, from talking and listening to colleagues, through social media, reading, listening to podcasts and a whole host of other every day activities.

How do these become part of your CPD?

Questions to Consider:

Q1: What types of activities have you learnt the most from this year?

Q2: If you were at #RCOT2018 in person, followed sessions on Twitter or read any of the blog squad posts what were your most significant learning points, and which have you applied in practice? If you did not attend #RCOT2018 what other events have you learnt the most from and which have changed your practice in some way?

Q3: How have you Applied what you have learnt to benefit yourself?

Q4: How have you Applied what you have learnt to benefit your service users?

Q5: How have you Applied what you have learnt to benefit your organisation?

Q6: What other types of Application of your learning have you done?

#OTalk – 8th January 2019 – ResOTlutions!

note notebook notes page

Hello and welcome to the 1st #OTalk of 2019, as requested by the community, the first chat of the year has become a regular resOTlutions chat. This not only gives us a good opportunity to have a nice relaxing chat to get us back into the swing of things after our Christmas and New Year break, but enables the community to share ideas of what they have planned for CPD in 2019 and/or ask the community for ideas if we are stuck for creative and interesting things to keep our CPD fresh.

With that in mind this weeks chat will be a informal relaxed discussion. But just to get you thinking we still have some questions to get things going…..

  1. How often do you review your CPD activities? Have you reviewed them recently?
  2. Do you have a strategic overview of your CPD activities?
  3. How do you decide you have covered a topic or need to cover a topic?
  4. What are your current CPD priorities?
  5. What CPD activities did you completed in 2018 that you really enjoyed? – This may give others some ideas of things to do.
  6. Do you have any topics that you feel you need to explore but don’t have a plan on how to do so yet? – Ask the community they may have some ideas to help you.

Please also feel free to ask questions and discuss anything you wish in relation to planning for your CPD and setting CPD goals.

Post Chat

Host and Otalk Support – @helenotuk

#otalk healthcare social media transcript january 8th 2019

Online Transcript

The Numbers

574.354KImpressions
131Tweets
20Participants
105Avg Tweets/Hour
7Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants