7 Steps to Highly Effective Occupational Practice – Referral

Working with people, you will find that there is not only one theory, practice or strategy that will help solve all the person’s issues or problems.

In this series of 7 blogs, I have broken down the Occupational Therapy process so that it can be used over and over again, in a macro or micro context, in any area of practice.

The blogs have been designed so that each one stands alone, and you can begin anywhere depending on your current issue.

I am starting with referral. I know this is a controversial issue but stay with me, there is a reason for starting here.

Some places operate a blanket referral system, everyone to see the Occupational Therapist This can be overwhelming and doesn’t give you the opportunity to prioritise. Another topic for another blog!

If every  MDT you go to leaves you feeling that there are a million and one thing to do when you come away, you are not alone! If this is you, there is something you can do.

The first thing to do is make a list of everything that you think you should be assessing with your client group. Yes, very single thing that you could assess if you were being a holistic occupational therapist. To be honest, it’s probably probably running around in your head like a runaway train, and usually it will feel a relief to get it all out on paper.

I think it’s crucial to create a referral form with all these areas on, and distribute to the relevant support or qualified staff. This has a number of results.  Firstly everyone will know the wide scope of your job, and people will pause to think, ‘why do I think OT should be involved here?’ Often it helps if a launch happens with training about your role, and function of occupational therapy.

If you feel creating a referral form is impossible, stay with me, just do it for yourself as an exercise in supervision.  Prioritisation is coming next…

If you have questions or comments I would love to hear from you. Just email me on margaret@ot360.co.uk or you can continue to explore my website to find out more about me and my work in supervision.

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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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