An Introduction to Occupational Therapy Jobs

You may be weighing up all of the options available to you with regards to seeking the best career path to follow – in this quest for answers, perhaps the role of: ‘Occupational Therapist’ has opened itself up to you as an option, but you wish to know more about what this type of job will entail so that you can make a more informed decision about what to do next;

This article will serve as an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of an Occupational Therapist, so that you can determine whether or not this will be the best choice for you.

What does an occupational therapist do, exactly?

In a nutshell, Occupational therapists work with their clients to provide healthcare (both physical and psychological) by promoting good health through participation in meaningful activities;

What specialisms exist within occupational therapy?

There are many different specialties within the role of occupational therapist, with many individual therapists covering the following areas:

  • Primary care
  • Mental health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Paediatrics

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There are many more areas which occupational therapists are involved in – these are characterised by the approaches taken in the treatment of patients.

How do occupational therapists achieve results?

Normally, the aid which an occupational therapist gives comes in the form of a series of recommendations, following an analysis of the problem at hand and the individual/s affected by the issue; these suggestions can consist of:

  • Advice on how to go about performing daily tasks in new ways.
  • Suggested changes to the workspace or home in order to treat the issue at the source.
  • A programme of activities can be designed, which will fit into an individual’s daily routine.

Occupational therapists can also be employed to assess and refer a client requiring treatment to an appropriate specialist.

Where do occupational therapists work?

By the very nature of their profession, occupational therapists often work in a variety of settings – mostly, the following categories are commonplace:

  • Home: clients will often call upon their occupational therapist to visit them at home – this is usually essential, so that an assessment of a person’s living space can be made successfully;
  • Hospital: rehab of patients is something which occupational therapists often work on – this usually calls for the therapist to be present at the hospital where patients are going through the rehabilitation process, to help them to be come equipped to leave hospital and return to their everyday routine.
  • School: paediatric specialists may find themselves at a school, where treatment of a child in their daily learning environment is required.

Occupational therapists carry out an essential role in the treatment of their clients – a wide range of specialisms are available, so the work can be interesting and varied; most important of all, occupational therapists can make a real difference to the lives of the people they treat.

Jill Ford works for a recruitment company specialising in Occupational Therapy Jobs – she has noted that in recent years, more and more individuals are seeking information on this growing field of healthcare.

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