Occupational Therapist

Average Salary: £26,000 - £31,000
Competition: LOW
Years Experience: 1-4 years

Job Summary

Suffering from mental, physical and social conditions are unfortunately all very common in this world. Some are permanent and some can be cured. However bad the condition, it's important that we try not fall victim to it and remain positive. This mentality is shared by Occupational Therapists. They help adults and children overcome these issues, to lead full and independent lives with more confidence. Quite incredible.

Duties

Patients are consulted on a case by case basis; the same techniques will not necessarily work with every person that has the same condition. We’re born unique, experience the world in different ways and have our own needs. Can I get an amen! As an Occupational Therapist, you’ll usually have the following job responsibilities:

  • Understanding and assessing a patient’s condition and needs
  • Developing and putting in place an individual treatment programme
  • Monitoring and reporting progress of treatment plan, implementing any modifications
  • Adapting an individual’s home and workplace to their needs, by advising on necessary adjustments
  • Recommending specialist equipment to help with day-to-day activities and instructing patients how to use them
  • Advising carers, patient’s family and employer how to best accommodate and support the patient

Key Skills & Characteristics

An Occupational Therapist should:

  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Be able to plan, organise and manage time effectively
  • Show strong observation and problem-solving skills
  • Be determined whilst showing patience and empathy
  • Possess the ability to inspire trust, confidence and able to motivate others

Entry Routes

Like with many Medicine & Nursing careers, the route to become an Occupational Therapist is quite specified. Without being registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), you cannot become an Occupational Therapist in the UK. However, completing an Occupational Therapy programme at either undergraduate or postgraduate level will gain you membership. A major key, as DJ Khaled would say. Programmes consist of the best of both worlds in regards to academic and practical aspects of the career.

Don’t be fooled to think that completing a programme in Occupational Therapy will solely get you a role in the field. Never pass an opportunity to gain relevant work experience. It could prove so important!

Job Progression

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Occupational Therapist

Senior Occupational Therapist

Principal Occupational Therapist

Director of Therapy

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • New People – You’re meeting new people frequently, which gives you the opportunity to build a lot of great relationships
  • Rewarding – Helping someone get their confidence back and seeing results is a great feeling
  • Ever-Learning – You’re always learning from people’s stories and experiences

The Bad

  • Emotional – A lot of the stories can be very upsetting and is difficult to not get emotionally attached
  • Lack of Progress – It can be sad seeing a patient not progress from the treatment
  • Stress – There’s a big responsibility put on yourself to try and improve someone’s well-being, which comes with a lot of pressure