Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists work in both the UK and the USA. Their role is to assist their patients in activities of daily living, helping them overcome disabilities such as injuries and medical conditions.

What is an Occupational Therapist?

  • An Occupational therapist (OT) assesses and treats physical and psychological disabilities.
  • These disabilities may have been caused by illness, accident or old age.
  • The form of treatment may include activities to prevent disability and enable daily living.
  • Occupational therapists also provide and teach patients how to use adaptive aids which make daily living easier.
  • Examples include: magnetic tubes to help when lifting objects, electric can openers and walking aids.

What training does an Occupational Therapist have?

  • Occupational therapists pass a three year degree course to gain a BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy.     
  • Some institutions offer two year accelerated masters degree programmes for those with a first degree in a related subject.
  • Part-time study may be available for those working in the field as OT assistants. This usually takes 4 years.
  • Once qualified, an OT must register with the Health Professions Council and the British Association of Occupational Therapists. (or the American Occupational Therapy Association in the USA).

How do I find an Occupational Therapist?

  • Occupational therapists mostly work within the NHS in hospitals and other community settings. You may have to travel to the clinic, or the occupational therapist may visit you in your home.
  • Some occupational therapists may also work within an education setting, working with young children, care homes for the elderly or large businesses to help employees continue to work.
  • Try the links above the find an OT near you!