Peter is part of our allied health professionals here at
#TeamCDDFT and he has kindly shared his return to practice
Coming to the realisation that it was time to begin my return to
practice journey took me nearly a year and filled me with great
optimism about the opportunities along with periods of doubt and
dread, regarding to what I was about to undertake and the steep
learning curve I was about to embark on.
My journey started with gathering information about what was
involved in the process of returning to practice. I needed to
complete 60 days of updating my skills and knowledge after nearly
10 years out of practice.
I contacted the return to practice team within HEE and the RCOT
return to practice lead who provided me with information, guidance
and support which enabled me to build my confidence and resilience
in this journey I wanted to begin.
I contacted various NHS trusts within my local area by email and
phone over a number of months with little to no response, mainly
down to the pandemic making it difficult to support my return to
practice journey provided me with a great deal of frustration.
In April 2021, I received a reply to one of my emails from my
future Return to Practice Educator, Jeanette Mason (Lead
Occupational Therapist), to discuss how and what support CDDFT
Occupational Therapy Team could offer me on my journey.
After lots of emails and a couple of face-to-face meetings over
the next few months, and lots of planning and support from Jeanette
regarding gaining an honorary contract, along with supporting my
learning, answering my many questions, supporting me though my
self-doubt and allowing me to complete my self-directed learning,
reassured me that CDDFT Occupational Therapy team was there to
provide guidance and support my journey.
For the first few days, I was filled with a great deal of
self-doubt and imposter syndrome took over me, this was all taken
away by the great support offered by the whole CDDFT OT team who
were always open and willing to listens and support to me, and
providing me with any opportunity to learn and progress.
Throughout my return to practice, I was activity supported with
spending time within multiple areas of across CDDFT, which help me
to continue and practice my skills and knowledge I had gained and
allowing me to learn how OTs and the OT process is integral to
providing a high level of patient care, support and outcomes.
Upon completing for my return to practice, I was provided with
great encouragement and backing to restart my OT practice my
applying and successful gaining a Rotational Band 5 position within
CCDFT where I have continued to be fantastically supported and
encouraged to continue my development and learning.
The journey and opportunity provided to me by CDDFT and the
Occupational Therapy team is something which I will be forever
grateful for and hopefully further Occupational Therapist returning
to practice within CCDFT and take advantage of the fantastic
opportunities on offer.
'I am writing to congratulate you on your wonderful staff you
have working for you at DMH.'
Patient, Catering / Porters / Domestics, Darlington Memorial