CPs, do you feel like you make a real difference in people’s lives?

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CPs, do you feel like you make a real difference in people’s lives?

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Sorry, not sure how to phrase this question in the title!

I wanted to ask any trainees and/or CPs if they genuinely feel like they’re making a difference in people’s lives. If that’s what you wanted to do in your career, is that part fulfilled? Any specific parts of the job/moments that stand out?

I come from a couple of generations of medical doctors and I’m aware that the real day to day of the job is not always what people paint it out to be (both positive and negative aspects I mean).
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Yeah, I think what I do is meaningful in lots of ways.

I think I've helped social workers and courts to make better informed decisions about children's lives that make a huge impact for individual children and families. I'm far from the only factor that affects the outcome, and the results are complicated (and often hurtful to the adults), but I hope overall helpful to the child. In the assessment clinics I ran for many years I've helped thousands of families to understand the neurodevelopmental needs of their child, which again can be hugely impactful and is often something for which they express profound gratitude. I've also designed and run groups to help support adoptive and foster parents, which they report have improved their relationship with their child (a subjective impression supported by an evaluation robust enough to have been published in a peer-reviewed journal). I've delivered training for thousands of professionals, that I am often told is the most useful training they've had in their career and will make a positive impact on their work with children going forward.

More recently I've been doing work even more indirectly, but it has had some extraordinary impacts - helping over 100 children who have been living in residential care reaccess family-based placements, and thousands of children to have better outcomes from care, whilst saving around £50million for the public purse that can be spent on other forms of support. I've also done assessments and consultations that have guided the systems around some of the most complex children in the country. Even my book has had lovely feedback. And on the forum I get regular thank you messages from people who have benefitted from the content, or my advice on their applications, or the personal and professional development days I have hosted. I also get nice feedback from my team, and get to see the inspiring personal/professional growth and career trajectory of people I supervise and work with.

Probably the most powerful are individual stories, where people get back in touch to tell me that I made a difference in their lives. One that sticks in my mind is a note from someone who remembered seeing me as a child at a time in their life in which they were experiencing maltreatment, and said that I made them feel worth listening to, and that they wanted to be that person for others and are now a qualified mental health professional. That made me cry :)
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Yes I do, especially since moving into private practice. I find that many clients come ready for therapy and are very collaborative and so many are able to make good progress. It’s a pleasure to be part of that journey for them!

Obviously there are also stressful situations and the work can be emotionally draining, but overall I find it fulfilling.
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Yes. I help the MDT to think about their patients in a different way, and sometimes approach their consultations differently according to the patient's needs, which has had impacts on the medical care they receive. I work in an acute setting, where the conditions I am working with can (and do) cause death sometimes. So being able to help someone with their approach to their condition, and management of it, can potentially prolong their lives.
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Yes, most definitely. My specialism (Older Adults and Dementia) is very much a "Cinderella" specialism and it brings such satisfaction to see a population that often gets overlooked receive hope and improvement in their lives. Even though people cannot be "cured" of dementia, it is immensely rewarding to see people live happier lives WITH the condition..
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