2nd July 2019
To be a good Occupational therapist you need to have…
- well-developed communication, observation and problem-solving skills
- the ability to think outside the box and work under pressure
- good creative and practical skills
- enthusiasm, sensitivity and patience to deal with a range of needs
- the ability to explain, encourage and build confidence, and develop rapport with your patients
If you’re thinking of a career as an occupational therapist…
To practise as an occupational therapist in the UK you must complete an HCPC-approved pre-registration occupational therapy programme at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. See their approved programmes.
If you’ve got a relevant degree and some healthcare experience, you may be eligible for a two-year accelerated postgraduate programme leading to either a postgraduate diploma in occupational therapy or an MSc in occupational therapy (pre-registration). Check individual course providers for entry requirements.
To get onto a degree apprenticeship, you will need to apply for an apprentice position with a health care provider. You will usually need level 3 qualifications to get onto a degree apprenticeship. You can search for vacancies on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.