Occupational therapists work with people to help them do everyday activities. They find out what challenges they face and help find solutions.
This role supports home adaptations and find ways to cope with memory or sensory loss.
Occupational therapists can work in a hospital, doctors surgery or in the community. People working in this role are Allied Health Professionals (AHP). For more information on other AHP roles, click here.
For entry requirements, take a look below:
- A Bachelors degree in Occupational Therapy that has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council, and be registered with the Healthcare Professions Council.
- Three A-Levels or equivalent
- Relevant experience working in health or social care
- If you already have an undergraduate degree, then a postgraduate diploma or masters in Occupational Therapy can be studied.
Alternatively, you may start working as an occupational therapy support worker who works alongside an occupational therapist to give people practical support. There no set entry requirements for this role, rather employers look for the right values and personal characteristics. From this, your employer could support you through an intensive in-service course to become an occupational therapist.
What Qualities Do I Need to Become a Occupational Therapist ?
Being caring and supportive are important – you’ll be making a difference everyday
You must have good team skills to deliver quality care
Working in fast-paced and intensive environments can be demanding. It’s important to keep your emotions in check and not take things personally.
Being able to listen to instructions is important when working in a busy environment