'Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages, helping them to carry out the activities that they need or want to do in order to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.'

British Association of Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapy is a diverse profession that helps people overcome obstacles in areas meaningful and specific to them. A lot of people ask how the role of OT can be so broad from working with babies and young children to elderly patients in hospitals. The answer is simple - all of the individuals OT's work with often have something preventing them from doing the things they want to do to lead a happy and healthy life. Using the example of an elderly patient; their main goal may be to return home following a fall or period of time in hospital. OT's work on a person centred basis where every individual is treated as, exactly that - an individual. In brief, the plan for this patient may be to practise their functional skills in the kitchen to regain confidence and to trial some equipment to support them to return home as safely and as successfully as possible. 

Occupational Therapists work alongside other professionals including: 

  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Therapy Assistants
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Care Staff
  • Teachers, teaching assistants and SENCO's.
  • Psychologists
  • Dieticians
  • Moving and Handling Advisors

Working with young children, adolescents, adults and older people in the following areas:

  • physical rehabilitation
  • mental health services
  • learning disabilities
  • autism services
  • primary care centres
  • paediatrics
  • environmental adaptation
  • care management
  • equipment for daily living

And in the following settings:

  • community centres
  • education establishments
  • GP practices / primary care
  • hospitals
  • housing associations
  • clients homes
  • industrial and commercial organisations
  • prisons
  • residential and nursing homes
  • social services and council departments
  • schools
  • charities and voluntary agencies