Occupational therapist

Occupational therapists help people of all ages to carry out everyday activities which are essential for health and wellbeing. 

This page has information on the role of an occupational therapist with links to further information. 

Working life

You'll work with people who have difficulties carrying out these activities because of disability, illness, trauma, ageing, and a range of long term conditions.

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You'll find solutions to everyday problems, for example:

Illness, injury, disability or ageing can make ordinary tasks such daily care (washing, dressing, eating), work or education and leisure harder to do. You'll help people find ways to continue with activities that are important to them. This might involve learning new ways to do things, or making changes to their environment to make things easier.

You'll assess and treat people of all ages and situations with a range of conditions. For example, helping:

In the NHS, you'll work in hospitals, clinics and GP practices. You may visit patients at home or at work. Elsewhere, you could work in:

As well as working with individual patients and their families, occupational therapists work with groups. They work in teams with other health professionals. They may also supervise the work of occupational therapy support workers.

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