Occupational therapists aim to help people who face everyday challenges due to mental, physical or social disabilities. They help these people to engage in purposeful activities or occupations to promote, regain or maintain health and well-being. They work with children and adults of all ages, whose difficulties have been present since birth, or the result of an accident, illness, ageing or lifestyle.
advise on specialist equipment to assist with daily activities
develop a rehabilitation programme to help re-build lost skills and restore lost confidence
advise on home and workplace environmental modifications, such as adaptations for wheelchair access
teach anxiety management techniques
assist people to return to work
coach people with learning difficulties or poor social skills, e.g. in handling money and social interaction
mentor people on how to control their own behaviour
liaise with a wide variety of other professionals, such as doctors, physiotherapists, social workers, equipment suppliers and architects, as well as patients' families, carers and employers
write reports and attend multidisciplinary case meetings to plan and review ongoing treatment
organise support and rehabilitation groups for carers and clients
train students and supervise the work of occupational therapy assistants
manage a caseload, prioritising needs, and completing administrative tasks such as patient and budgetary records
Contact the Healthcare Division Team
Email the Healthcare Division at firstname.lastname@example.org.