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Occupational therapists work with people who have a physical or learning disability or mental illness, actively engaging them in purposeful activities in order to maximise self-confidence, independent functioning and well-being.


  • Considers the physical, psychological and social needs of a patient that may result from illness, injury, congenital condition or lifestyle problems
  • Devises, designs, initiates and monitors carefully selected and graded treatments and activities as part of the assessment and intervention process
  • Liaises with a wide variety of other professionals in planning and reviewing ongoing treatments
  • Trains students and supervises the work of occupational therapy assistants
  • Makes home visits to clients, families and carers to organise support and rehabilitation and assist them to deal and cope with disability
  • Counsels clients in ways to promote a healthy lifestyle, prevention of illness and/or preparation for coping with increasing stages of illness
  • Maintains patient records, manages caseloads.

Entry Requirements

Entrants usually possess A levels/H grades, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, a BTEC/SQA award or equivalent qualifications followed by training on an approved degree scheme necessary for state registration as an occupational therapist. There is a minimum age limit of 18 years to enter training.

Current Vacancies

Occupational Therapist - Intermediate Care
Community, Manchester - NHS Jobs - 15 May 2018
Occupational Therapist - FEP Team (Band 5)
Keighley - NHS Jobs - 15 May 2018
Nurse Assessor - Anfield
Liverpool - Meridian Business Support - 15 May 2018
Nurse Assessor - Liverpool
Liverpool - Meridian Business Support - 15 May 2018
Nurse Assessor - Prescot
Liverpool - Meridian Business Support - 15 May 2018

What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £23,000 per annum and can progress up to £37,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 4,869 employed Occupational Therapists in the region.

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