MEDICINE ADDS DAYS TO LIFE
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ADDS LIFE TO DAYS
There’s many benefits to working with us as an Occupational Therapist, here’s just a few:
- Work for a trust that stands by its values : Kindness, Courage and Respect
- Work for a trust that encourages you to develop and further your career
- Work in a friendly, supportive environment
- Live in an area that balances excellent amenities and natural beauty with low cost of living
- Live in close proximity to some fantastic northern cities and great transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe
- With fantastic days out and outstanding schools there’s something for all the family.
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If you are considering a career as an Occupational Therapist we’ve put together the following information that we hope will help you on your journey.
Occupational Therapists Career Information
Occupational therapists provide help to people experiencing difficulty with everyday tasks; this could be because of a physical problem or a mental health problem such as anxiety or depression. They provide help and support with everyday activities , teaching different techniques and methods to complete activities and offer advice on adapting homes or workplaces to meet someone’s needs, ultimately helping to maintain, or regain independence.
Much of their work focuses on the functional implications of illness or disability and may involve assessment and rehabilitation for relevant daily living activities – for example, aspects of personal care, work and meal preparation, but also things that are important to people such as hobbies and interests. This work may be carried out while someone is in hospitals or at home, in schools and other community venues. An occupational therapist is able to advise and recommend a variety of adaptive equipment which enhances someone’s quality of life.
Qualified occupational therapists register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and will need to keep their skills up to date with continuing professional development.
How much will I earn?
Occupational therapists generally start on a Band 5 position and work roughly 37.5 hours a week.
Becoming an Occupational Therapist
Occupational therapists need to have completed a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) approved degree in order to practice as an occupational therapist.
There are several routes to do this; this can be through a university degree (BSc) or a post graduate qualification (MSc) or through a degree level apprenticeship. Degree courses can be full time or part time.
Once registered as an occupational therapist, there are a variety of areas to work in – physical medicine such as a hospital or in the community with GPs and other healthcare professionals, local councils, mental health and learning disability, both with adults and children. Many Occupational Therapists work in the private sector supporting people who have had accidents or illness back to work. You can also move into teaching or research post or become a consultant therapist. Alternatively, a management pathway may be a possibility either within an occupational therapy department or as a more general manager.