Could you work more TIDILY??

 

Could you work more TIDILY?? by Margaret Spencer

Hi there, Margaret here.

Can I just ask a simple question; Could you work more tidily?

Having three jobs, two messy teenagers, a husband, not to mention my dog and the chickens, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a personal article about my home life rather than work.

In fact it is another new acronym; I know it's new as I came up with it up myself, let me explain:

I have just returned from a weekend away in the Lakes with my husband. Whilst we were there I noticed there were a number of retirement apartments in the area. I know my retirement is a long way off, but I was curious about what they had to offer and as I visit a number of care homes in a personal and professional capacity, how everything was laid out in terms of functionality and design. I persuaded my long suffering husband to blag us a tour of one of the show apartments (I have always said he looks much older than me).

The apartments were delightful, modern and light with moving walls and outside spaces.

However, I did notice some interesting things. A settee which would have been more at home in a teenagers den; it was so low to the ground, a great walk in shower but no seat, lovely rails by the shower but no discrete handle next to the toilet. At this point I had to admit my profession and ask if an OT had been involved in the design or was available to discuss any adaptations that could be made in the future, but sadly, as is all too common, the person had never heard of OT and had no idea that anyone was around to offer that kind of advice.

It really brought it home to me again that we have to get better at our PR.  For some OTs, and I am hoping to include you in this, doing it tidily may be an easy way to remember to promote and develop a wider knowledge and understanding of the profession.

Tidy

T          Tell or tweet relevant current experiences to create a presence for OT

I           Inform the world. Share ideas locally, nationally and internationally regularly

D         Discuss and debate issues within OT

Y         Your reflections on what you have done clearly demonstrating how you have met HCPC standards

 

Or the more advanced model

Tidily

T          Tell or tweet relevant current experiences to create a presence for OT’s

I           Inform the world. Share ideas locally, nationally and internationally regularly

D         Discuss and debate issues within OT

I           Inform, keep sharing ideas locally, nationally and internationally regularly

L          Link and network with your peers & other influential bodies

Y         Your reflections on what you have done demonstrating how you have met HCPC standards

All these things link and circle round continuously and dare I say it, tidily. It helps me to think about the small picture and the large picture simultaneously.

I know there are so many of these acronyms about and they can irritate me as well, I often can remember the acronym but not what it stands for. We must find them useful or we would not continue to use them. I am sure you are very familiar with SMART and SMARTER, well why not TIDY and TIDILY?

Maybe even tidier....

T          Tell or tweet relevant current experiences to create a presence for OT’s

I           Inform, share ideas locally, nationally and internationally regularly

D         Discuss and debate issues within OT

I           Inform, keep sharing ideas locally, nationally and internationally regularly

E          Energetic exploration of the evidence base

R         Reflections on what you have done demonstrating how you have met HCPC standards

Ok I am getting carried away now but you can hopefully see where I am coming from?

I wonder if it will catch on, let me know what you think or if you have some ideas of your own.

I would love to hear from you,

Margaret.

 

Margaret Spencer MA Consultant Occupational Therapist & Senior Lecturer LinkedIn Profile 

 This post is written by Margaret Spencer. Margarets blogs are a culmination of over thirty years experience  working in Occupational Therapy, including material from her books and conference presentations.

They answer the real queries and questions that 100's of undergraduate  and post graduate students, qualified OT's and managers, that she has had the privilege to work with and supervise continue to ask her.

To see how Margaret can offer support to your team visit her website www.OT360.co.uk or email margaret@OT360.co.uk

 

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