Become an OT Support Worker

Becoming an occupational therapy support worker is a hugely rewarding and diverse career.

Occupational therapy support workers (also known as occupational therapy assistants/rehabilitation assistants/technical instructors) assist registered occupational therapists in their day-to-day duties.
 

They support and encourage clients and report back on their progress, liaising with the occupational therapist and possibly with nursing staff and social services. They also make sure the clients have all the special aids they need and that the equipment is in good working order.

 

OT support staff benefit from learning on the job and can choose to develop their skills further through formal training programmes. They might work towards QCF level 2 or 3 qualifications in Healthcare Support Services or Clinical Healthcare Support.

 

Staff working in these roles need:

  • a caring and encouraging attitude;
  • tact and sensitivity;
  • patience;
  • good communication skills;
  • initiative;
  • the ability to work in a team;
  • the ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds; and
  • practical skills, such as cookery, woodwork or pottery.
 

The interest in these posts is very strong, so applying can be competitive. Be sure to check with the employer about what skills and experience might give you a better chance of employment.

 

Find out how you can become an OT Support Worker