When considering the further development of the profession and the advancement of knowledge and skill, there was a need for even more self-awareness, self-pride, independence of thinking and determination. More importantly, I felt that we needed to be clearer about the need to embrace the transition from professional adolescence into what I regarded as professional maturity and adulthood. My hope was to offer something new through embracing the messages in The Wizard of Oz (Baum 1937, Warner Bros 1937, Green 1998). I believed that the journey down the ‘yellow brick road’ could make a career in occupational therapy even more worthwhile and meaningful. To this day, modern day practice demands courage, heart, brains and a spirit to survive in a professional world that is constantly challenging and rewarding. Working in partnership with others whilst maintaining and protecting professional identity and mastery is in itself viewed as having an authentic professional attitude to work.
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An integral part of any fundamental change strategy is a conscious decision to move to an affirmative practice and learning mode, where both learning and doing are equally valued and where individual and collective excellence in care is celebrated. This was, and remains an essential precondition for managing fundamental change in occupational therapy practice. I now fully recognise that we remain ‘Jack of all trades, but are also masters of many.
Looking back, presenting the lecture and especially on home ground was one great highlight of my career. It was an opportunity to celebrate my own, and the professions success and future aspirations as a way of honouring our founding pioneer.
……………………….. There’s no place like Home.