Service Director, Occupational Therapist
For me, working in Social Care directly aligns with the person-centred values and strength-based approach that are core to Occupational Therapy (OT).
My role is strategic so I have no operational responsibility for staff. This gives me the freedom to step outside of the daily operational pressures and look at how the OT approach can benefit the system as a whole.
I currently have 4 key themes of responsibility:
OTs in manager or leadership positions have the power to change the image of social care
A typical day for me is consists mostly of meetings and discussions with staff about cases, practice and process! I sit in meetings with the senior leadership team, team managers, I meet with our OT advanced practitioners and am on hand for staff as an OT sounding board!
I also meet regularly with our regional AHP and Principal OT leads where we develop strategies to influencing change at a local and national level.
I do miss direct clinical work but equally realise that OTs in manager/ leadership positions have the power to change the image of social care. By driving the OT approach we are promoting social care as an positive enabler for people and a key partner that supports demand on our Health services.
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