10 reasons why you should say ‘NO’ more often!

How busy are your days?

Do you feel overwhelmed and question the quality of your work?

Having each day over filled is not the best way to work and doesn’t give the best quality occupational therapy to your service users/ clients/ patients.

Do you feel or know you have more tasks to do than there are hours in your day?

So why do you need to say no more often?

Because having every day spinning more and more plates means eventually one will break.

Because if there is no time for reflection, you will continue to repeat the same mistakes.

Because you owe it to yourself and your service user to have a quality experience. In order to do that you will need time to reflect and plan.

Because the delivery of a quality service is a requirement of your HCPC registration.

Because you need time to plan and work out what you need to do on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis to deliver an excellent service.

Because having time for quality supervision is essential and enables you to negotiate what is required to deliver a quality service.

Because occupational therapy is all about activity analysis, task analysis and goal setting so you should practice this with yourself before recommending a balanced life to others.

Because it is essential to allow time to measure and record your outcomes or you are not proving the need for your service.

Because you want to have a sense of achievement rather than a sense of anxiety and stress at the end of each day.

Because you should be able to cost your individual work and know exactly what your organisation is paying for.

A little give and take occasionally is fine but don’t forget at the end of the pay check you are an employee not a volunteer.

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About Margaret Spencer

For the kind of collaborative supervision you have always wanted. Are you are passionate and enthusiastic about occupational therapy? Are you working in the NHS, third sector, independently or for a private company? Would you like your supervision to enhance, and develop your professional practice? If you answer yes to any of the above I would love to hear from you. Have a look at my website www.ot360.co.uk to see where we could work together. I have supported many occupational therapists in developing a service from scratch,. I have worked with OT's to design training packages for support staff in older adult falls services, I continually carriy out audits in psychiatric intensive care units, and learning disabilities forensic services. On behalf of commissioners I have completed service reviews in learning disabilities from 2002 onwards. I complete individual HCPC audits with OT staff in many different clinical areas, am involved in yearly appraisals, and monthly supervision sessions. I also critique, design and write job descriptions. I shortlist and interview for all levels of OT post from Band 5-8. What ever your needs I can support you.

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