Don't dive in headlong into a change just dip your toes in....

I attended The OT Show at the end of last year at the NEC Birmingham, I had a fantastic day and met loads of wonderful Occupational Therapists. I went to some great seminars and talked to many reps about new developments in equipment, and have bought a few pieces for people I know.

The great staff at RIG Healthcare invited me to do a couple of stints on their stand as they had collated some of my blogs into a free CPD booklet. Hope you managed to get it? If not you can access them here.

A number of Occupational Therapists who came to the stand were interested in doing locum work or more importantly getting away from their current working environment. Although some Occupational Therapists who visited the stand were already locuming there were many who were interested but seemed really anxious about the idea.

If you are thinking about moving out of the NHS maybe locuming is where you should be going?

Many of you said that, time after time at work you are being asked to do things that you don't agree with, or that you could do them better, smarter, quicker and cheaper but no one will listen.

Well you know what, they will, if you just speak louder and to the right people.

Have the courage of your convictions, and believe that there is life outside the NHS, but start small. There are lots of organisations who are looking for the skills and abilities that an occupational therapist has. Get together with the OT team at RIG Healthcare and explore your options, there really is no pressure. Talk about your wants, needs and what you hope to achieve in your career and let them guide you in potentially taking those first few steps into the locum world, you could easily pick up some part time work to run alongside your existing job so the pressure of moving into this side of work isn’t too high.

The other main thought I had from The OT Show was the confidence in our own abilities and what we can offer…..

Now the exciting bit, on a piece of paper identify all your knowledge, skills and abilities. Do not tell me that Occupational Therapy is just common sense!

What makes you unique? What do you deliver? What difference does it make? How are you value for money?

The staff at RIG Healthcare will help to place you in an area best suited to you.

With the shrinking opportunities to complete a rotation, becoming a locum is another way of getting those experiences without being tied down to one hospital or geographical area. An almost try before you buy option.

Think about what you could do, how you could achieve that and start working towards your goal today.

So what will you be doing this time next year? Same old, same old or something new and exciting?

Save the date OT Show NEC Birmingham 22nd and 23rd November 2017

See you there and I really look forward to hearing what happens!

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