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What is a Occupational Therapist

An Occupational Therapist (OT) is a State Registered healthcare professional qualified to work with in Occupational Therapy.

An Occupational Therapist will work with people of all ages to help them overcome the effects of disability caused by physical or psychological illness, ageing or accident.

An Occupational Therapist performs the assessment and treatment of physical and psychiatric conditions utilising specific, purposeful activities to prevent disability and promote independent function in all aspects of daily life. When a course of therapy is completed, the Occupational Therapist will analyse how effective it has been and develop and implement additional courses as required.

Occupational Therapists work with young children, adolescents, adults and older people in:

  • physical rehabilitation
  • mental health services
  • learning disability
  • primary care
  • paediatrics
  • environmental adaptation
  • care management
  • equipment for daily living
  • research posts

Being a HPC State Registered Occupational Therapist takes determination, enthusiasm, patience, ingenuity, common sense and a sound knowledge base. Most of all, it requires an interest in working closely with people to enable them to lead full and satisfying lives as independently as possible.

Where does an Occupational Therapist work?

An Occupational Therapist may work with in Acute or community settings and often have job roles that involve a mixture of settings such as

  • NHS Hospitals Trusts
  • Community centres
  • schools & education establishments
  • GP practices & Primary Care Trusts
  • Clients homes
  • Residential and nursing homes
  • Social services and council departments
  • Prisons
  • Housing associations
  • Industrial and commercial organisations
  • Charities and voluntary agencies

Entry requirements:

Current entry requirements for training as an Occupational Therpaist are:

Five GCSE passes and at least two, (usually three) A levels.
A science subject at A’ level is preferred.

Alternatives to A levels are also considered, such as an approved access course, VCE and Scottish qualifications.

For more information click here to go to the NHS Careers website

Training programmes in Occupational Therapy:

The training for an Occupational Therapist normally consists of a three year course leading to a BSc in Occupational Therapy.

If you are already employed as an Occupational Therapy support worker or a technical instructor, however, you might be able to study part-time, in which case the course would take four years.

There are also graduate entry schemes to a two year accelerated course which also lead to a formal qualification. You are then able to apply for the necessary registration to work in the NHS or social services.

Career prospects:

Demand for Occupational Therapy staff in health and social services is strong and growing. You will be able to choose from many different posts for your first job. The NHS offers rotational posts, which give you the chance to work in a range of specialities or you can often go straight into a specialism of your choice.

Experienced Occupational Therapists may choose to develop their career further in specialist work, or through research. An Occupational Therapist Consultant will combine these two roles in this very senior role. Alternatively there is a potential to move into Occupational Therapy Management, Hospital Management or Occupational Therapy Teaching positions.

Further information

For more information on careers in occupational therapy, please contact:

College of Occupational Therapists
Education Department
106-114 Borough High Street
London
SE1 1LB


Tel: 020 7357 6480
Fax: 020 7450 2299

Website: www.cot.org.uk

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