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Occupational therapists

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.


Median Salary

New workers start around £25,672. Normal pay is £38,061 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £53,369.

Daily Tasks

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

Skills employers are asking for

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Science

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