The Med Shed

Occupational Therapist Assistant

THE WORKING DAY

You work alongside an occupational therapist, assisting people to live happy and fulfilling lives in the community.

Today, you’re visiting a woman recovering from a stroke and when you arrive at her home in Bransholme, the occupational therapist is already there working out a patient activity plan. You take the woman shopping to North Point — a real achievement for her since she hasn’t left the house in months.

You report back to your occupational therapist, who asks you to arrange another shopping date next week. You love working in the community, helping to support and improve the lives of others. You also enjoy the training and career prospects because you’d like to work at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in the future.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re patient, interested in people from all walks of life. You’re a great communicator and can work both in a team and under your own initiative.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Although no formal qualifications are required, basic GCSEs (or the equivalent) are usually a good idea to demonstrate literacy and numeracy. Administrative computer skills are also very desirable, so consider taking an IT qualification.

You could apply for a job as an occupational therapy assistant/support worker directly or consider a relevant healthcare support worker apprenticeship that could lead you into this type of role. A-Levels (or the equivalent) are less important than basic administrative IT skills, a driving licence and good communication abilities.