Reflection: 21/4/2021 Hours: 5 hours
Today was my first day back in clinic since December 2020 due to lockdown restrictions.
What I was thinking and feeling and what was good or bad:
I felt really nervous to go back at first as I wasn’t sure what to expect with the ever changing PPE guidelines and restrictions. I was most nervous as I was the only one who hadn’t been working throughout lockdown as the Chiropractors and Physiotherapists were able to work, so I felt like I was the only one who would be lacking confidence, making me more nervous.
However, I felt that continuing with remote consultations with patients with the University clinic throughout the lockdown really helped me to keep practicing and not feel too nervous. I have really enjoyed carrying out the remote consultations and felt like my confidence, communication and subjective assessment ability has improved a lot since doing so. I feel like studying during the pandemic has been very difficult, however I think that it has benefited my skills in some ways as it has given me the opportunity to experience treating patients remotely, which I otherwise wouldn’t have tried.
What else I could have done/areas for improvement:
Aim to be more confident, worry and overthink less and believe in my own ability.
Focus on really improving my confidence by positive self-talk, asking clients for feedback, using online resources to build up my confidence.