It appears I have been absent for a month or so from the blogging scene, so it is nice to finally have chance to sit and write a new post. On my last post I was just starting my new permanent rotational band 5 job in Derby. Taking on a new job is an exciting and scary time and I did wonder whether I had made the right decision….will I slot into the teams, will I enjoy the rotations, how will I cope with a bigger commute and will I drive myself mad living back at home with my parents? All I can say is so far this post and my current situation has been far from a disappointment. We make our own luck and certainly everything appears to be falling into place.
So where to start…. My first rotation is on elderly medicine which is due to finish at the end of April to move to respiratory medicine and on call training (eeeeek!). I have felt so welcomed within the teams at Derby Hospital and they have really been pushing my personal development and quality of care for patients. I have now begun the Preceptorship process and regularly meet with my supervisor to plan and take action on future aims and objectives. My objectives on this rotation aim to cover 4 tasks set by the preceptorship programme (which a scheme to create a seamless transition from Student to Band 5 physiotherapist minus the 6 month incremental pay!).
Task 1: Working with Patients and Groups. 3,2,1.
Task 2: Working with Colleagues and Other agencies. 2,4.
Task 3: Written Communication 2,3.
Task 4: Using local Clinical Policies relating to working practice. – Identifying risk and creating a follow up plan. Carrying out a notes Audit.
The numbers following each task, cross reference to my objectives which I will use as evidence for each task.
My Objectives 06/01/2014- 22/04/2014.
1. i) To be able to identify appropriate patient’s for humidified Oxygen. ii) To be able to set up a humidified oxygen circuit independently.
2. i) To be able to explain the range of rehab options for any given patient. ii) Identify the most appropriate referral. iii) To be able to complete a timely referral.
3. i) To complete a comprehensive + patient specific new Ax. i) To create a specific and comprehensive problem list. ii) Treatment Plan. iii) Smart Goals.
4. To lead case load management on ward, delegating to BS/ PTA’s and other qualified members of staff.
5. Present an in-service training session for the therapy team.
NB: How I will evidence this is recorded in my Portfolio.
This just gives you an idea of the sort of things I am looking at as a Band 5 physiotherapist. I plan to update my progress post rotation…. What I would do differently? Are there any other objectives I should be including? What went well? And what am I hoping for in my next rotation?
Since starting at Derby I have been given the opportunity to continue my work for the CSP as I been selected to sit on the Industrial Relations Committee as the Newly Qualified Rep.
The Industrial Relations Committee (IRC) have special responsibilities in relation to decisions on Pay, Terms and Conditions. Members of the IRC have Leadership and Governance roles to support CSP members. This may involve inspiring, engaging and empowering members in relation to the work of the IRC and wider trade union issues and campaigns.
In brief the IRC aims to consider all matters and develop policies and strategies, relating to salaries, employment, labour utilisation and conditions of service for Chartered Physiotherapists, Associates and other persons represented by the Society.
I am trying to find the best way to keep in touch with Newly Qualified physiotherapists to put their view across. I have posted a link on iCSP
to see if this generates some interest. I would like New grads to come forward with any issues affecting them in the work place (NHS or Non NHS), which they feel needs to be taken further than Steward and H&S rep level. Local issues can normally be resolved through Stewards and H&S reps. However, if a problem is of a national scale or you feel other New Grads may be facing a similar situation please get in touch.
KEY COMMUNICATIONS MESSAGES- IRC MEETING 5TH FEBRUARY 2014
New IRC Chair – Jill Barker elected as new IRC Chair. IRC paid warm tribute to outgoing chair Alex MacKenzie.
Wider Environment – Important to track what’s happening in the wider economy. Changes to benefits, public services, living standards etc. All impact on profession and patients.
Lobbying Bill – now passed by Parliament. Strenuous campaigning secured some improvements, but still a big step backwards in terms of democratic rights. CSP to assess how best to mitigate the impact on our ability to lobby and campaign on behalf of members.
NHS Pay, Pensions & Conditions
- Pay Review Body (PRB) recommendations on this year’s pay lift, and the Government response, now expected in March. Also likely to be big challenges ahead, issues such as incremental progression.
- Changes to Agenda for Change terms and conditions in Wales to go out to member consultation once position re doctors clarified. While not welcome, they represent a significant shift from those originally proposed.
- First report of joint employer/union working group on implications of staff working longer due out next week. CSP represented on the group.
- Discussions taking place on very difficult issues around the future funding of the NHS and other public sector pension schemes. Widening access to the NHS scheme for non-NHS members delivering NHS services represents a concrete success
NHS Social Partnership Working – CSP now has a seat ‘at the table’ in all 4 countries, giving access to information and key decision makers
Competition – new cross-CSP group to be set up to steer CSP’s future work on competition, including learning lessons from early initiatives. Outcome of current negotiations on an EU-US trade treaty could have big impact. TUC lobbying making some headway in ensuring public consultation on treaty takes place.
Safe Staffing Levels – CSP employment and professional functions working together on key issues for profession raised by the Francis report, in particular guidance for members on safe and effective staffing levels and the duty of candour.
TUC ‘For a Future that Works’ campaign – IRC agreed to support next major national demonstration planned for October, and to encourage maximum member participation. Also to support the new Robin Hood Tax petition and video. Aim of both initiatives is to present the practical alternatives to austerity. Rally’s are a way of organisations/unions showing solidarity on a campaign.
Organising – formal CSP recognition secured at the Percy Hedley Foundation in the North East. Welcome precedent. New briefing on CSP employment services for members working outside the NHS in preparation.
NB This is only a snapshot of the meeting and the comprehensive range of papers tabled.
The weekend after the meeting I was also fortunate to be invited to the Student Rep Development Weekend (which I attended as a student CSP rep). It was strange being on the other side but this years Student Executive Committee have done a great job ensuring the student voice remains . There were many great speakers from the conference which generated a lot of interest on twitter! The transcript for the event can be found here:
And Analytics here:
If I was to talk about all of the speakers from the weekend you would be here reading all night ! Ella a student physio summarises and reflects on the weekend very well ( a great blog from a student physio)
The key points I took away from the weekend in bullet form:
- If you want something go after it! Don’t wait for something to happen, go make it happen. Simon Shepherd brought this to life talking about his life story.
- Some very interesting links from Simon Shepherds talk: http://www.firstbeat.com/ http://www.firstbeat.com/work-well-being/investing-in-well-being-pays-off#Individual
- “Take a chance, don’t make a plan”, following Karen Middleton’s interview on her career from Student to Chief Executive, it highlighted that we should be flexible in our career path and grasp opportunities made available to us. She talked about pushing the boundaries of her work by working out of her comfort zone. She demonstrated the ability to develop coping strategies whatever she turned her hand to. (Note this is my interpretation of the interview).
- Aspire to be the best you can be. Set yourself Goals and write a mission statement.
- Network, Network, Network a useful place to start in Linked IN or Twitter. Networking can open many opportunities start now.
- Remember you are upholding your profession on Social Media Platforms. Mitigate the risks and engage!
- Learn about power poses! http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html how can you implement this into practice?
I always come away from each Student Rep Development weekend feeling truely inspired by leaders of the profession, the speakers and the energy from the student reps. Physiotherapy is such a dynamic profession and the more I put in the more I get out.
My action points following the development weekend are:
- To learn more about motivational interviewing and power poses.
- To write a personal development plan for the next 5-10 years (as a guide)
- To find a mentor to help me to refine my leadership skills.
Below are a few photos from the event.
And so all I have left to do now is to write my Mission Statement:
“I will always strive to achieve excellence in my work and life. I will continue to help others and guide them to opportunities within Physiotherapy. I will always remain open-minded and will take others opinions into account to inform my decisions in practice. I will continue to promote Physiotherapy to my service users, commissioners, and wider network of colleagues to provide a sustainable future for the profession as a whole.”
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog if you have any comments please feel free to leave one below or tweet me @LCphysio