7 months in as a NQOT.

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 : ).