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Become an Occupational Therapist

An Occupational Therapist works with people of all ages who face tough challenges everyday due to a mental, physical or social disability. Their whole aim is to help these people to engage with others and other activities or help them return to their occupation whilst helping them to maintain a healthy well being.

An Occupational Therapist will work a treatment plan which is designed to help the individuals carry out certain activities or their occupation and to do this independently. The treatment plan is designed specifically for each individual with different aims and is reviewed to evaluate their progress and decide what changes if any need to be modified.

This is a very responsible and caring job role and you need to have the ability to communicate well with people of all ages and from all walks of life and have the determination to see the treatment through with a positive goal at the end.


Occupational Therapist Training

What training do you need to become an occupational therapist?

You need to begin by studying for a Bachelor’s degree this does not need to be in a particular subject although a physical science would be useful to you. You then need to have gained a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy Education which focuses on the theory and practise of the profession.

As a newly qualified Occupational and employed by the National Health Service (NHS) you will then be required to complete a series of rotational placements so that you gain enough experience within all areas. You are likely to have three placements each lasting around six months.

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Occupational Therapist Jobs

What job opportunities are available for occupational therapists?

The main employer for Occupational Therapists is the National Health Service (NHS). The amount of Occupational Health positions available is very much dependent on the size of the organisation. For example a much larger hospital will require more Occupational therapists than those of smaller trusts and authorities.

The NHS is not the only employer though; you may also find positions within the government and social services for example. You may also work within a school environment, a prison, charities or housing associations and so on. There is a huge range of employment opportunities.

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