Posted on Wednesday February 8 2017 by Kathryn Scorer
I make no apologies for returning to my marketing Occupational Therapy soap box for the first blog of the year.
On the train on the way home from London after a recent shopping expedition to Oxford St with my daughter, I was reading the back of packet of sandwiches plain ham and cheese that she had bought. It had been a long day I was tired..! Anyway, on the back of the packet it said, and I quote, 'Honey roast British ham with farmhouse cheddar cheese, full fat soft cheese and seasoned mayonnaise on oatmeal bread.'
I think that most Occupational Therapists I know are guilty of apologetically explaining Occupational Therapy as the plain old ham and cheese sandwich. We are moving into a very different public health arena where some of you will be presenting tenders to commissioners for your own jobs, or doing it as part of a multi disciplinary team.
At the moment the College of Occupational Therapy are promoting our services to the government as fantastic #value for money. As Occupational Therapists we are well aware of the value for money that we provide and for the client centred approach that we actually deliver which most other health care professionals profess to promote, but don't always but we must start promoting ourselves more!
So what makes us special?
Imagine you are selling yourself and what you do, to someone with no knowledge of either the health service or occupational therapy. Someone who wanted to market you to people who have no idea who you are or what you do.
Not JUST 'I'm an Occupational Therapist' .......but have a go at inserting your own, with bells on, personalised quote, to reflect your role in the ever complex health care that we are providing.
I had to do this recently to someone that I met at the Occupational Therapy Show. They were from product development, and kind of thought they needed an Occupational Therapist but were not sure exactly why. They had absolutely no idea what a band 5/6/7 meant in terms of differences in wages, job descriptions and skills. They didn't know what CPD meant or why we required supervision, what it was, how often it was needed...
This was my initial attempt:
' We are fully qualified health care professionals registered with the Health Care Professions Council with a degree or Masters in Occupational Therapy.
We deliver bespoke solution focused functional occupation based interventions which are meaningful for clients through specialised person centred assessment of need with prioritisation of client led goals leading to agreed outcomes which can be measured. '
I would love to hear what you come up with, we must be able to articulate and promote the VALUE of OT.
Email them to me firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below. I will look forward to reading them.
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