Well It’s been quite a while since I last blogged. This is mostly due to me having no internet at my previous flat which I just moved into then I found out I’d have to move again so it’s been a bit hectic! I missed out on a great #OTalk the other night too which I was gutted about as it was about something I’m very interested in – Video Game Therapy in OT. I’ve played a lot of games in the past and still occasionally do so I’m always interested to know how as OTs we can implement that into our practice.
On another note; I got some good news the other day which was perfect timing as I can’t say I’ve been enjoying where I work at the moment. I’m going to be put onto the rotation in a couple of weeks so I’ll be rotating into Surgical for 6 months. It’s going to be a nice change and I’m always eager to learn more. I’ve heard it’s less complex than MOE but faster pace which I think I’d enjoy. It’s going to be interesting to see how I cope with this compared to when I first started as a NQOT. I hope it doesn’t feel too much like starting all over again! I’ll sure be Blogging about it. Any advice about rotations would be great, i.e. how I should prepare for going into a new area when I rotate. I’ll definitely be on the hunt for articles about this! I’m also going to have to make sure I catch up on my e-ksf with before I rotate, booo. I’m currently writing some reflections to add to it though so making a good start at least!
As well as getting onto the rotation there was another positive event to add onto the last month. Where I work has just started a Band 5 Support Group. I’ve been hoping this will happen for a while and it finally did! There’s only been one meeting so far because they’re monthly but it seems to be coming together really well. We’re still in the process of working out what will be on the agenda every week so I’ll be asking around for any suggestions on this. So far I think we have ‘Issues’, ‘Training/Events’ and ‘Journals’. I’m sure there’s a lot more but I’ve not got access to my work email here to check.
I think that’s enough of an update from me for now but hopefully I’ll be Blogging again once I rotate, so watch this space! I also still want to write an entry on ETOH (Alcohol Excess) and how it can expect a person’s functioning so expect that too!
The time has flown by but I’m now 7 months into my job as a Newly Qualified Occupational Therapist. I do feel I’ve progressed quite a lot in the last few months. My confidence has increased in a lot of areas such as talking to families, carrying out assessments and attending MDT meetings. I still feel there’s a lot to learn which is expected and I’ve still plenty to work on but I have learnt to come out of my comfort zone a lot more which is a big step in itself for me. One thing I know I need to work on is making sure I keep up to date with my KSF, reflections and take up as many opportunities as I can to develop my CPD portfolio as I don’t dedicate as much time to these as I should. One of my colleagues is helping to set up a Band 5 support group at work which is progressing nicely so I expect that to start in the next month. It’s going to be a great opportunity for all the Band 5’s to get together and openly discuss how their post is going, any issues they’re having, any gaps in knowledge they feel they have etc and with any luck we’ll be able to get some in-service training to support that.
Just last week we had a NQOT rotate into our department. I’ve been feeling really eager to help them as not long ago I was in their shoes so I know exactly how they feel, but I also know I need to take a step back. At times It’s like looking back on myself many months ago. It has been quite a boost for my confidence though as I’m getting asked a lot of questions that I actually know the answer to so it’s made me realise how much I’ve learnt since I started my post. It’s also made me look forward to the day that I’ll be able to have my own students!
A bit of a short entry compared to the last one but I thought I’d give an update on how things were seen as it’s been 7 months. I’d like to look back on this to remind myself exactly how long it’s taken me to feel fully competent in my job role as apparently it can take up to a year!
For my next entry I’m going to be writing about Alcohol Excess known as ETOH xs in medical terms which can result in ‘Alcohol Dementia’. I went on a home visit recently where a patient had this and it was a big eye opener for me. I feel I need to do some more reading about it first though for my own benefit and so I can go into a bit more detail about it in relation to OT.
Sam : ).
”I’m cookie dough. I’m not done baking. I’m not finished becoming who ever the hell it is I’m gonna turn out to be. I make it through this, and the next thing, and the next thing, and maybe one day, I turn around and realise I’m ready. I’m cookies”.
From ‘Chosen’ – Buffy the Vampire Slayer