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Occupational therapists

£14,560 Average salary at age 20
£32,240 Average Salary
34 Average hours per week

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.

Main 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.

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.

What Occupational therapists studied in higher education

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What Occupational therapists studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C8) Psychology1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine98

UK Prospects

47300 Workforce Size
8.68% Predicted growth 2021 - 2027
10863 Predicted Replacement 2021 - 2027

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