Outcome Measures - The Core Values of OT

Welcome to Septembers blog the final one in the series of five, looking at the core values of Occupational Therapy. Last month we looked at the concept of OT and it being a meaningful activity to your clients. This month, we will be looking at outcome measures and once again we will be linking your reflections and evidence to the HCPC standards.

What I would like you to do now is to take a few moments to reflect on your outcomes this month.

Maybe prioritise two or three times you could really identify that you made a difference, and that you thought that Occupational Therapy intervention was meaningful and valuable for your patient or client, and value for money for the service. There are many different ways to measure this. Identify one time where you think it went really well, it was crystal clear what your role was and what a difference you made to the person, and most importantly think about how you captured that information?

In relation to those outcomes,, how would you rate your ability to communicate your role and the difference you made to the person, team and the organisation? It's great to make a difference but if no one knows that you made a difference, what it was, and you are unable to measure it then why employ an OT?

Take a moment to reflect on the outcome measure that you use on a daily basis.

I recently had feedback from a nurse that the patient had been to OT and had a cognitive score of 30. Really? What does that mean? Who is it useful for? How does it illustrate the value of occupational therapy?

Ok, let's rate your skills, you should be getting good at this by now. Look at your outcome measures the one you identified earlier, what information does it give to the client, what information does it give to other members of staff and what information does it give to the organisation? Is the same information or is it in different formats for each group?

Do they scream 'WOW what a difference Occupational Therapy has made?' Do they  indicate that Occupational Therapy is invaluable? If not they need to!

How could you do that?  When can you start?

As I stated earlier, your practice and your service delivery should be underpinned by  making a difference to people's lives. How you do this will be different for each person but it needs to be embedded in your practice.

It is essential you capture the difference Occupational Therapy has made or quite simply why should people buy it?

Well done. You have managed to take time out of your busy schedule to review and reflect on your current practice.

In relation to HCPC standards, you have:

  • Reflected on your practice and documented your action plan
  • Identified clear evidence of how your goal setting has benefitted the service user in your future practice
  • You have reviewed your current practice and ensured your goal setting is client centred rather than organisation centred.
  • Identified any changes required in the quality of your service delivery.


If you have any thoughts, questions or queries, I would love to hear from you.



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