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Occupational therapist

2nd July 2019

To be a good Occupational therapist you need to have…

  • well-developed communication, observation and problem-solving skills
  • the ability to think outside the box and work under pressure
  • good creative and practical skills
  • enthusiasm, sensitivity and patience to deal with a range of needs
  • the ability to explain, encourage and build confidence, and develop rapport with your patients

If you’re thinking of a career as an occupational therapist…

To practise as an occupational therapist in the UK you must complete an HCPC-approved pre-registration occupational therapy programme at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. See their approved programmes.

All programmes are accredited by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) and WFOT.

If you’ve got a relevant degree and some healthcare experience, you may be eligible for a two-year accelerated postgraduate programme leading to either a postgraduate diploma in occupational therapy or an MSc in occupational therapy (pre-registration). Check individual course providers for entry requirements.

To get onto a degree apprenticeship, you will need to apply for an apprentice position with a health care provider. You will usually need level 3 qualifications to get onto a degree apprenticeship. You can search for vacancies on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.

Other useful links

Health careers – Occupational Therapist

Royal College of Occupational Therapist

World Federation of Occupational therapist

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