Occupational therapists

£34,840

Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2017

39

Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2015

1.01%

Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)

Description

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.

Qualifications

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.

Typical tasks

  • 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.

Common job titles

Therapist, occupational

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.