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A Career in Occupational Therapy

walking-stickOccupational Therapy helps people live more productive and enjoyable lives. The aim of this therapy is to enable those who are temporarily or permanently disabled to be as independent as possible in their everyday lives, whilst recovering from illness or adapting to disability.

Community Occupational Therapists work closely with GPs, the Community Nursing Service, and other health care professionals, along with colleagues who provide various Social Work services.

Occupational Therapists work by establishing the reasons why someone is unable to carry out everyday activities which we all take for granted. With the person concerned they then try to work out ways of overcoming or coping with these problems such as:

*Teaching new ways of doing everyday tasks
*Adapting or providing equipment or recommending alterations to a building
*Enabling people to practice everyday tasks
*Providing advice on suitable activities to help improve abilities affected by illness or accident.
*Occupational Therapy offers enormous personal satisfaction in helping people with disabilities gain maximum independence.

What qualifications and experience do you need?

You will need a BSc Degree or Diploma in Occupational Therapy. This can be gained at universities across Scotland. The Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen, the Queen Margaret University College of Edinburgh and the Glasgow Caledonian University all offer courses in Occupational Therapy.

Entry requirements are four passes at BBCC to include English and a science subject preferably Human Biology, Maths at Standard Grade 2 or equivalent. This may vary.

Part of your time in an Occupational Therapy degree will be spent gaining practical experience, working with people who have various disabilities.

This will allow you to gain both knowledge and experience while you study for your degree.

eldery-handsFuture Career Opportunities

Career in Occupational TherapyAdvancement to Senior Practitioner Grade is dependent upon post qualifying training and experience as part of career progression and gives an opportunity to support staff with practice development.

For further information contact:

Social Work,Banff
Telephone: 01261 813401

Social Work, Inverurie
Telephone: 01467 535111

Social Work, Stonehaven
Telephone: 01569 768427

For more information within Social Work please visit the Scottish Social Services Council website.

The British Association and College of Occupational Therapists website contains detailed information on the profession, the qualifications you need to become a recognised OT practitioner and courses available to potential students in Scotland.