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Occupational therapy allows you to make a difference to people’s lives across the community

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy provides practical support to empower people to facilitate recovery and overcome barriers preventing them from doing the activities (or occupations) that matter to them. This support increases people's independence and satisfaction in all aspects of life.

"Occupation" as a term refers to practical and purposeful activities that allow people to live independently and have a sense of identity. This could be essential day-to-day tasks such as self-care, work or leisure.

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Occupational Therpaist

You’ll see a huge variety of patients and help them with many different issues as an occupational therapist. Some examples of things you might work on include helping someone adapt to life after major surgery, helping people suffering from mental illness get back into everyday activities such as work or volunteering and helping elderly people stay in their own homes by providing adaptations such as level access showers or stair lifts. Variety is one of the most exciting things about being an occupational therapist.

Technical Instructor

Our Technical Instructors support the rapid, safe and efficient discharge of patients from hospital and help avoid unnecessary hospital admission through community intervention. Under the supervision of a registered Occupational Therapist, our TI's independently manage a designated caseload of patients defined as non-complex within a specified clinical area, providing assessment and interventions on behalf of the occupational therapist within predetermined guidelines.

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