Occupational Therapy Assistant
Hooked on drama from a young age, it was whilst studying it at university that Helen realised it was not the career for her. In trying other things, colleagues recommended occupational therapy; a very good move... 'I don't think there has been one moment that I have woken up in the morning and thought - I don't want to go to work today. I feel like I am really important to a lot of people here.'
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionOccupational 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.
QualificationsEntrants 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.
- 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.