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About Occupational Therapy

A career centred on people

Helping children to gain the confidence they need to get on in life. Supporting individuals to get back on their feet. Empowering older people to be more independent. Occupational therapy is all of this – and more.

ABOUT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

A career that will
fulfil you

Occupation doesn’t just refer to the jobs people do. It also refers to how they spend their time and live their day-to-day lives – it’s the different activities people do to maintain their independence and retain their sense of identity and wellbeing. It could refer to anything from getting out of bed in the morning and going to work, through to getting together with friends.

As an occupational therapist, you’ll use your creativity and problem-solving skills to support people who find some areas of life difficult. That means talking to them to understand their needs, seeing challenges through their eyes, and helping them find ways to overcome those challenges. It makes occupational therapy an incredibly rewarding profession. It doesn’t get much better than knowing you’ve helped someone to live their life to its fullest.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND IT

Deliver holistic, life-changing care

A health and social care profession, occupational therapy brings together a number of different skills.

It encompasses areas like anatomy and physiology, psychology, sociology, pathology, learning disabilities and mental health. You’ll look at how different health conditions, environmental factors, activities and life events can impact upon people’s sense of self, their relationships and their careers. And then you’ll work with each individual to find the best way forward.

A VARIETY OF WORK

Understand needs, identify barriers, develop strategies

You’ll help people of all ages to do the things they need or want to do. You could be working with offenders who have mental health conditions. Liaising with architects to develop spaces for people with learning disabilities. Supporting children to reach their goals. And plenty more besides.