Occupational therapists help people of all ages to carry out everyday activities which are essential for health and wellbeing. You'll work with people who have difficulties carrying out these activities because of disability, illness, trauma, ageing, and a range of long term conditions.
You'll find solutions to everyday problems, for example advising on how to approach a task differently, using equipment or assistive technology, adapting the living or working environment, finding strategies to meet an individual’s goals, Illness, injury, disability or ageing can make ordinary tasks such daily care (washing, dressing, eating), work or education and leisure harder to do.
You'll help people find ways to continue with activities that are important to them. This might involve learning new ways to do things, or making changes to their environment to make things easier.
In the NHS, you'll work in hospitals, clinics and GP practices. You may visit patients at home or at work. Elsewhere, you could work in charities or voluntary organisations, prisons, companies and businesses, social services departments, special schools, private practice
As well as working with individual patients and their families, occupational therapists work with groups. They work in teams with other health professionals. They may also supervise the work of occupational therapy support workers.
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