The professional narrative of an occupational therapist who worked in the NHS before moving into the voluntary sector. An interesting and challenging time working in an organisation which was transitioning from a traditional charity into a user led organisation during the rise of the Disability Movement in the UK and increasing acceptance of the social model of disability. Where does a healthcare professional fit in such an organisation? How do you straddle the worlds of the medical and social models of disability and should you be there at all?
The student narrative of someone who decided that the only way to address a niggling clinical questions was to meet it head on and embarked upon a PhD which was undertaken on a part-time basis whilst working full time clinically. The niggling question? How well did the rapidly expanding range of patient reported outcome measures capture the things that were important to service users?
The academic narrative of a newly qualified Doctoral student moving into academia and, for a period of 10 years, supporting clinicians undertaking postgraduate courses and ultimately supervising PhD students from a range of clinical background and developing her own programme of research focused on people’s experience of living with and managing rheumatic conditions.
The coaching narrative of a person who having experienced coaching was inspired by the positive impact it had upon me and others on the programme especially its focus on action and moving forward and its resonance with my core values as an occupational therapist. This experience led me to undertake formal training and develop my own coaching business with an emphasis on coaching healthcare professionals and healthcare researchers.
Or the combined narrative which has led me to where I am currently. Stepping into the world of independent practice to focus on coaching, learning and development and writing. The emphasis of this work is on supporting the personal development of health researchers working within clinical and academic settings, as well as enabling the development of cultures of research within NHS organisations.