I’m no longer contributing to the under-employment problem in the UK. It’s a bit of a shock to the system to be honest. I’m working one day a week alternating between two Staffordshire schools, and on the remaining four days I work for five Nottinghamshire primary schools (paid out of their pupil premium money) via the NHS.
It suits me so much better than community NHS work. In the community, if a child fails to attend an appointment, you will probably attempt to contact parents, the school or the health visitor; offer another appointment; send letters of ultimatum or discharge; complete a discharge report, which is sent to other professionals, who invariably resend the referral, etc. It just goes round and round.
When I work for a school, if the child is in school, I get to see them. If they are not in school, that isn’t really my problem. No paperwork is generated. I just see them next time they’re in.
Along with the school team, I get to decide who I will see that day, and I don’t have to contact parents multiple times to remind them about the session, nor indeed do I need to contact health visitors to get them to remind the parents about the session. I just see the child. I get to build strong relationships with the schools’ teaching assistants, and I can trust them to do the work that I set for the children. I get to focus on therapy in a way that, sadly, very few therapists do.