An occupational therapist is someone who will work with you to develop your skills and confidence in everyday life. At times they also work with people’s families and carers to achieve this. Occupational therapists work with people to feel more self-confident and can support them to gain employment or training and take part in the social and leisure activities that are important to them.
Occupational therapists play an important part in the process of recovery, helping people to learn a range of skills and strategies to make the most out of their lives. They work in community-based teams and in hospitals.
Occupational therapy training programmes are university-based degrees. They have to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (previously called the Health Professions Council) in order to work in the UK.