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Occupational Therapy Support Worker


Occupational Therapy (OT) Support Workers practically help people overcome problems in carrying out day-to-day activities (occupations) in their lives. They help sick, injured or old people to be as independent as possible, under the supervision of registered Occupational Therapists as part of the OT Team.

The OT Team help people find ways to continue with activities which are important to them. This might involve learning new ways to do things and might mean changes to the environment to make things easier. OT Support Workers work with people of all ages and situations with a range of conditions. For example, helping someone adapt to life after major surgery such as a hip replacement, children with disabilities take part in school and play activities, dementia sufferers develop strategies, stroke patients, people suffering from mental illness get back into everyday activities such as work or volunteering and elderly people stay in their own homes by providing adaptation such as level access showers or stair lifts.


You need to be able to:

  • motivate people and have good communication skills
  • be willing to work with people from all walks of life and accepting of their lifestyles
  • be able to deal with people with challenging behaviour
  • be organised, flexible and willing to travel
  • able to work in a team and use your own initiative
  • be happy to talk to and work with groups
  • be patient and able to remain calm in stressful situations
  • be thorough and pay attention to detail


You could start as a Healthcare Assistant and learn on the job. You could move into occupational therapy work through training and promotion. If you secure an apprenticeship in Health or Social Care, this could enable you to apply for OT Support Worker vacancies in the future.

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