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Occupational Therapist

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Occupational therapists help people of all ages and backgrounds overcome a range of disabilities, which may be caused by accident, ageing, or physical or mental health conditions. They work out programmes of activities to help their patients to lead a more independent life.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Pay rates can vary depending on whether you are working with the NHS, with a private practice, or are self-employed. The current pay scales are from April 2017.

Within the NHS Agenda for Change scales occupational therapists' salaries are on Band 5, £22,440 to £29,034 a year, specialist occupational therapists are paid on Band 6, £26,830 to £35,933 a year and advanced occupational therapists are paid on Band 7, £32,013 to £42,205 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Most occupational therapists work in the NHS. There are also jobs with social work departments and in private practice.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2017
4875
0.6 %
RISE
2022
4903
  United Kingdom
2017
35714
0.2 %
RISE
2022
35775

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What Does it Take?

You should have:

You should:

Training

Getting On

More Information

For further information on how to become an occupational therapist, you should read the Occupational Therapy Careers Handbook 2017 published by the College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) on their website.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Tel: 0300 500 4472
E-mail: registration@hcpc-uk.org
Website: http://www.hcpc-uk.org/
Twitter: @The_HCPC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hcpcuk

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.

Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)
Tel: 020 7357 6480
E-mail: reception@thercot.co.uk
Website: http://www.rcot.co.uk/
Twitter: @theRCOT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thercot

Skills for Health
Tel: 0117 922 1155
E-mail: contactus@skillsforhealth.org.uk
Website: http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/
Twitter: @Skillsforhealth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforhealth1

Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the health sector.

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