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Maximise your potential – and theirs

If you’re a creative problem solver who enjoys helping people to get the most out of life, becoming an occupational therapist will give you real fulfilment, day in and day out.



Diverse skills, a united community

We’re the professional body that represents the UK’s occupational therapy professionals, students and apprentices as they enable (or learn how to enable) people to live their lives to the full. We champion the vital work carried out by our vibrant community of more than 33,500 members as well as sharing knowledge and insights, and setting the standards for education and practice. We are the voice for the profession, the guardians of the profession’s body of knowledge and provide trade union membership. RCOT represents the profession locally, nationally and internationally.

We also introduce people to occupational therapy, and this website is home to information that can help you decide if this is the career for you. If you make that decision, we’ll be on hand to support you during your studies and throughout your career. Put simply, we’ll always be here when you need us.


A career for everyone

A wide range of people need support from occupational therapists. That’s why we’re so committed to attracting people from all walks of life to the profession. As an occupational therapist, you can be any gender, race or sexual orientation, you can be disabled or experience your own physical or mental health problems.

The more diverse, equality-driven and inclusive we are, the better placed we’ll be to ensure everyone is treated with dignity and respect – as equal members of society with the same choices, rights and privileges.