The Med Shed

Occupational Therapist

THE WORKING DAY

You’re seeing four patients today — two in their own homes and two at Hull Royal Infirmary. First, you drive to the home of an elderly woman recovering from a stroke. Your shared goal is for her to dress independently and she’s making excellent progress.

Next, you see a man injured in a car accident adjusting to life in a wheelchair. You work together to improve his mobility and plan for his return to work. In the afternoon, you write up progress reports at the hospital and see a few more patients before finishing at 5pm.

DOES THIS SOUND LIKE ME?

You’re patient, determined and have plenty of common sense. You’re good at motivating others and would like a job working closely with individuals.

WHAT'S NEXT?

You’ll need a minimum of five 9-4 (A*-C) grade GCSEs (or the equivalent), usually including maths, English and a science subject. You should apply for three AS/A-Levels (or the equivalent) at college or 6th form, and ideally one of these should also be a science subject.

After gaining at least two good A-Levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications), you’ll need to apply for a degree in occupational therapy or a degree apprenticeship in occupational therapy with an employer.

Alternatively, you could complete a postgraduate course in occupational therapy after a first degree in a related subject (such as psychology); or get a job as an occupational therapy assistant/support worker and with the support of your employer, do the occupational therapy degree part-time, while you’re working.