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Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists help people overcome difficulties caused by physical or mental illness, disability, accidents or ageing.

Entry requirements-

To become an occupational therapist you will need GCSE grades 9-4 (A*-C), particularly in English, maths and science. There are several routes once you have achieved this: you could become an occupational therapy support worker, then go onto a degree; you could also complete a degree apprenticeship. If you have a degree in science, health or psychology you could complete a conversion degree in occupational therapy or you could complete a Bsc in Occupational Therapy 3 year course.

Career progression – You may want to get involved with education, research or become a senior clinician.

 Occupational Therapist goals:

  • admission avoidance
  • speedy discharge from hospital
  • enabling the person to remain in their chosen home environment

Skills you need:

  • knowledge of psychology
  • counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be able to use a computer