2222- OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS
Occupational therapists work with people who have a physical or learning disability or mental illness, actively engaging them in purposeful activities in order to maximise self-confidence, independent functioning and well-being.
Entrants usually possess A levels/H grades, an Advanced GNVQ/GSVQ Level III, a BTEC/SQA award or equivalent qualifications followed by training on an approved degree scheme necessary for state registration as an occupational therapist. There is a minimum age limit of 18 years to enter training.
Refer The S/NVQ framework for more details
The simplified NS-SEC analytic class for this code is 2
The simplified NS-SEC operational category for this code is 4.1
Refer The National Statistics Socio-economic Classification for more details
- considers the physical, psychological and social needs of a patient that may result from illness, injury, congenital condition or lifestyle problems;
- devises, designs, initiates and monitors carefully selected and graded treatments and activities as part of the assessment and intervention process;
- liaises with a wide variety of other professionals in planning and reviewing ongoing treatments;
- trains students and supervises the work of occupational therapy assistants;
- makes home visits to clients, families and carers to organise support and rehabilitation and assist them to deal and cope with disability;
- counsels clients in ways to promote a healthy lifestyle, prevention of illness and/or preparation for coping with increasing stages of illness;
- maintains patient records, manages caseloads.