Occupational therapy support workers assist qualified therapists in helping clients, with a range of problems, to manage their daily activities. Clients may have mental, physical or social difficulties resulting from birth, illness, an accident or the ageing process. The occupational therapist assesses the client's particular needs with regards to certain tasks, and discusses ways to address the situation with them. Support workers help clients to think positively, work towards agreed targets, observe their progress, record developments, and provide regular reports for the supervising occupational therapist.
The work is likely to include:
Occupational therapy support workers usually work 37.5 hours a week. There are part-time and job share opportunities.
They can work in hospitals, day centres and residential homes, or visit patients in their own home. The job will involve a lot of walking, stretching, standing and bending.
To be an occupational therapy support worker, you should:
Most occupational therapy support workers are employed by the NHS or social services, although there are some jobs in the private health sector and with voluntary organisations.
Support workers wishing to become qualified, may be able to undertake a four year in-service course leading to registration as an occupational therapist. Training involves completing a part-time degree and requires you to have the backing of your employer - the BAOT hold information on relevant course providers; check Further Information for contact details. Also, please check the Occupational Therapist job profile.
If you would like to know anything about Occupational Therapy Support that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.
British Association of Occupational Therapists/College of Occupational Therapists
106-114 Borough High Street
Tel: 020 7357 6480
Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155