Occupational Therapists recruitment agency listing
Occupational therapists enable people with physical, mental and social problems to achieve their full potential. Their duties vary greatly, according to their patients needs.
To work as an occupational therapist, a BSc (Hons) degree in occupational therapy is required. A levels in science subjects are usually required for entry onto occupational therapy degrees. However, qualifications such as BTEC National Diplomas and the International Baccalaureate may be accepted. Alternative entry routes into occupational therapist roles are available. It may be possible to become an occupational therapist by securing a job as an occupational therapy support worker and competing in-service training programmes. Applicants for occupational therapy courses must be able to show evidence of working in a healthcare environment.
Occupational therapists should enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds. They should be excellent communicators and be able to use their own initiative. Before they can enter into employment as occupational therapists, occupational therapy graduates must become members of the Health Professions Council, agree to undergo a criminal records check and pass a medical.
The majority of occupational therapists are employed by the NHS. Other employers include businesses, residential homes, government bodies, voluntary organisations and day care centres. Vacancies are advertised through the British Association of Occupational Therapists, the NHS, the national and local press, and recruitment agencies. The majority of occupational therapists work standard office hours, although those working in community health services may be required to work evenings and weekends.
Starting salaries for occupational therapists in the NHS are around £19,000 a year. Staff working in inner London may receive extra allowances.