Occupational Therapists will devise individual treatment programmes to help people overcome illnesses, injury, accidents and age which will help them live normal independent lives. Tasks could include things like, teaching somebody who has had a stroke how to dress themselves, suggesting ways in which to adapt the home or place of work to overcome temporary or permanent disabilities or generally advising people on how to adapt their lives and adjust to their situation.
To become a registered occupational therapist you will need to have a degree, or have completed a postgraduate course in occupational therapy that is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You could also start out as an occupational therapy support worker. With support from your employer, you could take a degree while you're working and then register with the HCPC.
- Patience and perseverance in helping patients who are not willing to accept their situation
- Good communication skills
- A creative and adaptable approach
- The ability to create individual treatment plans
- good problem solving skills
- Mental and physical strength and stamina
- A strong desire to help others
- A good sense of humour
£21,000 to £25,000