#OTalk – 9th Nov 2021 – Are you being the OT you dreamed you’d be? 

This weeks chat will be hosted by Natasha Bruce-Jones, @NatashaBJo Clinical Director, Think Therapy 1st

As the anniversary of my second decade as a qualified OT draws to a close I’m lead to reflect on my ‘why’. Why did I choose OT? What did I envisage my job to look and feel like every day? I can easily recall: the diversity of approaches and the ability to ‘do with’ rather than ‘do for’. Whilst enjoying delivering therapy with arts, crafts and leisure I was often amazed that this was actually classed as work at all! But having used my scholarly dissertation to confirm that even two decades ago there was a low uptake in these activities as a therapy method, I’m pulled again to reflect on how things have changed in OT practises today under the ever-growing pressures of statutory authorities, and restrictions of red tape and budget tightening. 

I’ve worked in emergency, acute, community, education, and most recently in private practise. I have felt pressured to meet targets more than meet people’s expectations; to meet deadlines more than meet people’s real goals; to save money more than provide ‘quality of life’ focused treatment. I have watched OT emerge to address the needs of the setting rather than the needs of the client, have felt pressure to become a Consultant OT and mould myself into the medical model to be recognised, and ultimately decided to leave roles for fear of not being allowed to actually practise OT in my OT role. I was fortunate enough to find the freedom of private practise as my saviour, but friends and colleagues have felt so dismayed at the limits in their roles that they have tragically left the profession altogether! 

When I joined private practice, my fire was reignited. I was reminded how amazing, inspiring, creative and interactive OT can be, and how boundaried, restricted and distracted from my ‘change the world’ student vision statutory roles had forced me to become. Now my therapy days consist of kite flying, metal detecting, velodrome cycling, mountaineering, open water swimming, boxing, knitting, refurbishing house boats, learning Spanish – the list goes on, and I love it. The biggest win however will always be hearing the unreserved thanks and surprise from clients at the magnitude of effect true OT can have on their entire lives. 

This poses me to ask the rest of the OT community about your experiences and draw you to think about what your role potential could be. 

  • What is it about your OT role that prevents you realising your full OT potential? 
  • How can OTs truly provide client led services if working within the ‘top down’ management systems of local authorities and NHS?  
  • How can OTs refuse to allow role or service changes that reduce their scope and impact? 
  • Is OTs use of terms like ‘prescibing’ and ‘consultant’  a sign of OTs feeling a need for medical recognition and contributing to an already blurry public understanding ? 
  • What is the most fun you’ve had delivering your OT in the last year? 


Host:  This weeks chat will be hosted by Natasha Bruce-Jones, @NatashaBJo Clinical Director, Think Therapy 1st

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