Occupational Therapist

What is an Occupational Therapist (OT)?

OT’s support individuals’ to restore their independence and to overcome barriers that prevent them from doing activities (occupations) that are important to them.

What does an OT do on a daily basis?

  • Assess and treat individuals of all ages ranging from children, adults and elderly people experiencing difficulties during their daily routines due to mental and physical health conditions.
  • Develop goals with individuals based on what is meaningful for them
  • Work with service users and plan interventions to prevent further deterioration of difficulties they experience.
  • Assess home and workplace environment to suggest adaptations
  • Work collaboratively within a team to discuss the progression of service users and review their treatment plans.
  • Aid recovery by working with individuals on a 1:1 basis or in a group setting

Where do OT’s work?

  • Orthopaedics
  • Stroke unit
  • Charity organisations
  • Critical care
  • Forensic unit
  • Care homes
  • Schools
  • Prisons
  • Adult social care
  • Child development centres
  • Women’s refuge
  • Burns and plastic surgery

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