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Occupational Therapy Careers presentation

  1. 1. Occupational Therapy<br />Career Choice<br />Helping people attain their potential<br />Photographers (top to bottom): D Brook, J Smith, J Higgins, P Eaton<br />
  2. 2. What is an Occupational Therapist?<br />Occupational therapists work with people of any age to promote health, prevent disability, and develop or maintain abilities.<br />They can:<br /><ul><li> help people learn new ways of doing activities
  3. 3. adapt equipment or materials used every day
  4. 4. make changes to the places people live and work</li></li></ul><li>unique training enables occupational therapists to understand not only the medical and physical limitations of a disability or injury, but also the psycho-social factors that impact on an individual’s ability to participate in the activities that are important to them(Ref: www.caot.ca website viewed 13/09/07)<br />
  5. 5. Occupation is seen as:<br /><ul><li>self care-bathing, dressing, shopping, cooking and eating</li></ul>Photographer: L East<br />Photographer: C Smith<br />Photographer: J Swan<br />
  6. 6. <ul><li> productivity- paid or unpaid work, housework, child's play and school</li></ul>Photographer: A. Harland<br />Photographer: G Tull<br />Photographer: P Eaton<br />
  7. 7. <ul><li>leisure- hobbies, extracurricular activities, social activities</li></ul>Photographer: Janet Ivey<br />Photographer: J Smith<br />Photographer: E Dickinson<br />
  8. 8. As an OT you may:<br /><ul><li>Use equipment or technology to enable someone to live independently after a spinal cord injury
  9. 9. Consult in schools to help children with writing or attention skills and learning challenges
  10. 10. Help someone experiencing depression return to the workplace
  11. 11. Travel to third world countries to set up rehabilitation programs</li></li></ul><li>Where does an OT work?<br />Occupational therapists are often part of a multi-disciplinary team and work in different settings like hospitals, schools, local community services, universities and workplaces<br />Occupational therapists can work in different roles for example as a Manager, Practitioner, Consultant, Lecturer or a Researcher<br />Occupational therapists earn competitive salaries, and there are immediate job vacancies in the UK and abroad<br /> Working in Occupational Therapy is…<br />
  12. 12. Rewarding<br />Photographer: E Vachon<br />Photographer: T Tyre<br />
  13. 13. Challenging<br />Photographer: C Swift<br />Photographer: J Atkinson<br />
  14. 14. Diverse<br />Photographer: P Eaton<br />Photographer: T Trye<br />Photographer: J Smith<br />
  15. 15. How can you become an OT?<br />A range of occupational therapy courses are <br />available at 34 universities in the UK, including:<br /><ul><li> Full-time courses lasting three years* for school leavers (*four years in Scotland)
  16. 16. Full-time courses lasting two years for people with a first degree
  17. 17. Four year part-time
  18. 18. In-service programmes for Support Workers</li></li></ul><li>Meet some Occupational Therapists<br />Community Practice<br />Driving Assessor<br />Hospital<br />
  19. 19. Jo<br />Learning Disability Community Team<br />Jo has been an occupational therapist for four years, helping people who have learning difficulties:<br /> <br />"My job is really challenging, and I genuinely love it. I am so lucky to work with a great team of people, and to have so many wonderful patients. It is so rewarding to be able to work together in achieving goals that will hopefully enable them to lead independent and rewarding lives.”<br />
  20. 20. Barry<br />Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency<br />Barrylooks at vehicle access and at equipment and techniques to make cars accessible to passengers or drivers.<br />“It’s really great when we can tell people they can drive again thanks to the work we have done. This gives them a huge part of their life back, and gives them the freedom to go where they want to go without relying on other people<br />“Working as an occupational therapist is about providing support in all areas of a person's life. It's a very flexible career option.”<br />
  21. 21. Denise<br />Hospital<br />Denise is the professional head of all occupational therapy staff in a large acute teaching hospital.<br />“Occupational therapy gives me an opportunity to work with people and provides variety. I manage a staff of about 100 people, and no two days are the same. After 20 years I'm still excited by the job and never bored. There are always new things to learn and develop.<br />“There's now a need for more occupational therapists, to help people come out of hospital and back into their homes and to people to stay independent in their homes.”<br />
  22. 22. Are you interested in…<br /><ul><li>Biological and behavioural sciences
  23. 23. Helping people of various ages
  24. 24. Creative problem solving
  25. 25. Are you…
  26. 26. A good communicator?
  27. 27. Adaptable and flexible?
  28. 28. Self motivated and a team player?</li></li></ul><li>If you’re interested in a career that is:<br /><ul><li>Rewarding
  29. 29. Challenging and
  30. 30. Diverse</li></ul>Photographer: T Trye<br />Photographer: J Smith<br />
  31. 31. Then to find out more about <br />Occupational Therapy<br />Visit the College of Occupational Therapists’ website www.cot.org.uk<br />For a Careers’ Handbook, send a self-addressed, stamped (to the value of 80 pence) envelope to:<br />Careers<br />College of Occupational Therapists<br />106-114 Borough High Street<br />Southwark<br />London SE1 1LB<br />