I can honestly say that the single most productive email that I sent this year, was the one that I sent to Cath to ask her to take me under her Private Practice Ninja wing.
Prior to the first meeting that I had with Cath, I have to admit that I felt a little apprehensive. I knew that it would force me out of my comfort zone. She had sent me some prep work, asking me to consider what I wanted to achieve in private practice, and she made me step back and take stock of the time and resources that I had available.
In first meeting that I had with Cath, we set out clear goals and objectives, such as identifying my ideal patient, how I could help them best, and identifying my unique skill set. We agreed on the key priorities to move my practice forward, setting up dates to catch up, and take stock of progress. Cath's ability to think strategically, helped me to focus in on clear targets. She provided me with a sense of accountability, which really helped me overcome the inertia to change, that I'd experienced in the past. Having regular weekly email catch ups, and monthly face to face meet ups, has been invaluable in keeping me focussed and on track with my work list.
Cath has opened my eyes to looking at my own work processes, to increase their efficiency, and she has really encouraged me to embrace ‘tech'. This has included getting a professional website designed that is ‘fit for purpose' in terms of representing my practice, and establishing a system to engage with clients and referrers. Cath has handpicked orthopaedic consultants and podiatrists whose client base would benefit from my input, and introduced me to them to expand my referrer network.
The results that I have seen six months into the process of working with Cath, have been really impressive. Cath has been relentlessly supportive and enthusiastic, providing a great deal of technical support – which is something that I had not been naturally inclined towards. My clinics are thriving with more and more runners – who I love working with. I have established much better links and communication with referrers, and for the first time, I've really have the ability help my private patents through proper MDT input. This has undoubtedly improved the quality of my patients’ care, so it's a win-win situation for all.
I'd recommend Private Practice Ninja unreservedly to any clinician who wants to develop their practice, but can't quite figure out the steps to get from A to B.