Reference Quantity: ST0517

Particulars of normal

Occupational profile:

Occupational remedy is a rewarding profession which requires a extremely developed data {and professional} skill-set to allow you to work throughout a spread of settings and environments.  Occupational therapists work with people from beginning to finish of life together with these with bodily and psychological well being situations, harm, studying disabilities, long-term situations, palliative care wants and with those that discover themselves displaced from their societies.  Your major aim as an occupational therapist is to allow individuals to take part in significant occupations and actions of on a regular basis life.  Occupations embody issues individuals must, wish to and are anticipated to do akin to self-care, leisure or work.  By therapeutic use of ‘occupation’ an understanding of the connection between the human physique and thoughts, what an individual wants/desires to do, their beliefs and the bodily and social atmosphere, you’ll allow individuals who face illness, incapacity and/or social challenges to dwell a extra fulfilling and significant life.  You’ll use abilities in scientific reasoning, crucial evaluation, and analysis primarily based proof in your observe.  You’ll use a person-centred method to help individuals to hold out on a regular basis occupations and routines akin to dressing, consuming, catching the bus to work or different actions which are vital to them.  Occupational therapists additionally work with households, carers, employers and organisations that help the individual in addition to communities the place individuals have grow to be marginalised and require help to construct a significant life.  You possibly can work in a wide range of settings together with well being, social care, schooling and different non-public and voluntary sector organisations. 

Duties and responsibility of the position:

You’re employed as an autonomous practitioner, both inside a staff or on a person foundation.  By evaluation, intervention, crucial reflection and the applying of analytical abilities, you reveal the way you collaboratively attain options by way of occupations to the problems individuals face.  You can be accountable and accountable to your selections, and for reflecting on the effectiveness of your actions, with the goal of frequently enhancing the service you present.  You reveal management and administration qualities and are chargeable for making certain your personal data and abilities are present.  You might be required inside the skilled and regulatory requirements to contribute to the event of the career by supporting scholar therapists and supervising these in different roles.

Qualification necessities:

Apprentices will probably be required to finish a BSc (Hons) diploma in Occupational Remedy or Degree 7 qualification permitted  by the Well being and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal Faculty of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) the place the apprentice already holds a Degree 6 diploma.  Apprentices with out stage 2 English and maths might want to obtain this stage previous to finishing the end-point evaluation (EPA).  For these with an schooling, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Degree 3 and British Signal Language qualification are a substitute for English {qualifications} for whom that is their major language. 

Entry necessities:

Usually 3 A ranges or equal entry {qualifications}.

Skilled registration:

On profitable completion of an permitted programme, apprentices are eligible to use to the HCPC for registration as an Occupational Therapist, which is a requirement to observe below the protected title of Occupational Therapist.  Additionally, you will be eligible to use for Skilled Membership of The Royal Faculty of Occupational Therapists.

Degree: 6

Period: Usually 4 years

Evaluation Date: After 3 years

Skilled observe of occupational remedy

It is possible for you to to:

You’ll know and perceive:

Skilled observe of occupational remedy

  • Undertake occupational remedy evaluation and interventions that reveal an understanding of the connection between occupation and well being and wellbeing.
  • Choose and use applicable strategies to establish occupational strengths and desires, utilizing exercise evaluation as a core device of observe. Make use of applicable standardised and non-standardised assessments and final result measures to critically analyse the findings.
  • Assess, prescribe and facilitate use of kit, assistive know-how, and environmental variations when required to reinforce occupational perform.
  • Use remark, verbal and non-verbal communication to assemble details about occupational skills and boundaries.
  • Use proof primarily based analysis, scientific reasoning and downside fixing to formulate administration plans in collaboration with the individual to help occupational efficiency e.g. getting ready a meal/feeding themselves.
  • Develop a therapeutic relationship with the individual to agree targets, select particular occupations as remedy, and measure the influence of, and when to stop intervention.
  • Analyse, develop or modify remedy and environments to construct peoples skills and improve occupational efficiency.
  • Conduct evaluation or monitoring procedures, interventions, remedy or different actions safely, e.g. tools provision, environmental adaptation and entry to area people.
  • Adapt observe to take account of latest developments.
  • Facilitate group work to deal with occupational wants that respect and replicate studying and alter inside communities.

  • Key ideas and data base related to occupational remedy.
  • The origins and improvement of occupational remedy.
  • The philosophical framework for occupational remedy.
  • The construction and performance of the human physique and thoughts; improvement, illness, dysfunction and dysfunction related to occupational remedy.
  • Theoretical ideas underpinning occupational remedy and occupational science, particularly the purposeful nature of people.
  • Exercise, occupation and their relation to and impact on well being, wellbeing and performance.
  • The occupational remedy course of and associated terminology, e.g Evaluation, intervention and analysis.
  • The evaluation and use of actions and occupations as remedy.
  • The results of occupational dysfunction and deprivation on people, households, teams and communities; the significance of restoring and facilitating alternatives to realize well being and wellbeing by way of occupation.
  • Social, environmental and work associated insurance policies and laws and their impact on human wants and providers inside a various society.
  • The worth of range and complexity of human behaviour.
  • The vary of occupations and actions utilized in intervention and why these ought to replicate the person’s occupational wants.
  • The worth of crucial reflection and supervision together with the educational underpinning fashions of crucial reflection; the potential of occupational remedy in new and rising areas of revolutionary observe.
  • The significance of well being promotion, prevention and self-management.
  • Group dynamics and roles; the significance of capitalising on dynamics inside teams and communities to harness motivation and lively involvement.


Skilled values and behaviours

  • Observe inside the regulated scope of observe for Occupational Therapists as outlined by HCPC and the RCOT.
  • Observe as an autonomous occupational therapist assessing a state of affairs and exercising skilled judgement.
  • Observe with an individual centred, strengths-based method.
  • Work safely inside your personal scope of observe.
  • Work inside the legislative and governance frameworks by which Occupational Remedy is delivered.
  • Recognise and take account of bodily, psychological, social, non secular and cultural wants and variety of people, teams and communities.
  • Form or construction your observe based on recognised theories, frameworks and ideas of occupational remedy, choosing essentially the most applicable theoretical background.
  • Appraise personal efficiency and repair supply, taking account of political, social and financial contexts.
  • Show a dedication to lifelong studying [i] by actively partaking and taking duty for on-going skilled improvement.

  • The HCPC Requirements of Proficiency[i], HCPC Requirements of Conduct, Efficiency and Ethics[ii], COT Requirements of Skilled Observe[iii], COT’s Code of Ethics and Conduct[iv] and COT Entry Degree Occupational Remedy Core Information and Observe Abilities[v]
  • Find out how to establish the character and stage of an occupational want utilizing particular occupational targeted enquiry and theoretical fashions for instance the Mannequin of Human Occupation or Particular person-Setting-Occupational Efficiency mannequin.
  • Find out how to apply occupational remedy data, abilities and expertise in partnership with the individual to enhance their occupational steadiness and efficiency.
  • The connection between occupation, well being and wellbeing and the components that facilitate or problem participation in occupation.
  • The influence of occupational disruption in relation to the occupational efficiency of the person, carers, teams and communities, and the worth of restoring and creating alternatives for participation in occupation.
  • The significance of the influence of tradition, equality and variety on observe; the best way to adapt observe in inventive methods to satisfy the wants of people and teams inside the scope of occupational remedy observe in a respectful and dignified method.


Management, administration and partnership working

  • Act as a pacesetter by sharing a imaginative and prescient of occupational remedy and its worth in all that you just do to guarantee the standard of your observe and people for whom you might be accountable.
  • Use management and entrepreneurial qualities to steer, innovate and handle change, advertising and marketing and selling the advantages of occupational remedy.
  • Work collaboratively in partnership with others, for instance charities, through the use of occupation to advertise participation, well being and wellbeing.
  • Facilitate studying and consciousness by way of designing and delivering actions for individuals, teams, companions and communities.
  • Contribute to the supply of efficient and environment friendly providers.

  • The idea of management and administration approaches and types and the significance of utilizing private initiative.
  • The worth of participation in coaching, supervision and mentoring.
  • The significance {of professional} relationships, built-in working and dealing collaboratively with those that present and obtain providers throughout completely different sectors and communities.
  • Find out how to empower individuals to take possession of their care; the significance of individual centred approaches to inspire and contain individuals in significant occupation.
  • The position of audit and overview in evaluating the standard of occupational remedy observe and repair enchancment.
  • The usage of analysis methodologies utilized in occupational remedy observe; the rules and purposes of scientific enquiry.

Communication and knowledge

  • Safeguard confidential data and preserve data in accordance with HCPC and RCOT requirements, and native insurance policies and procedures.
  • Achieve knowledgeable consent previous to evaluation and interventions.
  • Apply a spread of communication methods, interpersonal abilities, media and applied sciences to help skilled observe.
  • Clarify occupational remedy duties clearly and in a approach that folks can perceive (E.g. through the use of easy, clear language or photos or different strategies reflecting particular person wants).
  • You can be an efficient advocate to your career and the people you help and encourage self-advocacy the place potential.


  • The idea of confidentiality and the rules of knowledge governance.
  • The significance of managing data and different data in accordance with laws, protocols and tips discovered within the regulatory, skilled physique and organisational requirements.
  • How communication impacts evaluation and engagement; the best way to modify communication to take account of age, gender, capability, studying and bodily potential, tradition, ethnicity and non secular beliefs.
  • The significance of offering individuals, their households and carers with accessible data to make knowledgeable selections in a approach that’s delicate to their wants.

[i] HCPC Requirements of Proficiency Occupational Therapist. 2013 

[ii] HCPC Requirements of Conduct, Efficiency and Ethics. 2016 ​

[iii] COT Skilled Requirements for Occupational Therapists. 2017 ​

[iv] COT Code of Ethics and Skilled Conduct. 2015 [v] COT Studying and improvement requirements for pre-registration schooling​. 2019 

[vi] HCPC Requirements of Persevering with Skilled Growth. 

Regulated commonplace

It is a regulated occupation.

Regulator physique:

Well being and Care Professions Council

Coaching supplier should be permitted by regulator physique

EPAO should be permitted by regulator physique

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