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  • My Route
  • The normal career progression
    • OT school
    • Rotation / Basic grade post(s)
    • More clinical..
    • Senior Post
    • ? Research / Academia ? Teaching
    • ? More Clinical
  • No Normal Route!
  • Will’s route
    • Previous life (lives) & previous research focused degree (Biology)
    • OT course (2 year accelerated MSc Level)
    • OT Researcher / Research Assistant
  • Pros
    • Very clinical research
    • Have a good level of understanding of research already. Pathway relatively straightforward
    • Provides opportunities to network with diverse range of OTs and experience in other areas (e.g. Teaching)
    • Excellent self management skills / skills that are relevant to a regular band 5 position (if not higher)
    • Experience in speaking, a thorough working knowledge of the research process.... Lots!
  • Cons
    • Strange looks!
    • “Well we wouldn’t hire you” or “Well, you would have to start as a normal graduate”
    • Slower to get going on the ladder
  • Things I’ve learnt
    • Research takes time
    • Enthusiasm comes and goes.. But all good in the long run
    • Determined to make contacts and network
    • Overall its fun!
  • Things to be aware of
    • Education system banding is different from AfC
    • New “clinical researcher” role under AfC Banded at 6 and 7 for specialist (h ttp :// nhsemployers .org/pay-conditions-1988. cfm ). NB: under generic therapies