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 delivery to finish of life together with these with bodily and psychological well being circumstances, damage, studying disabilities, long-term circumstances, palliative care wants and with those that discover themselves displaced from their societies.  Your major objective as an occupational therapist is to allow folks to take part in significant occupations and actions of on a regular basis life.  Occupations embrace issues folks must, need to and are anticipated to do corresponding 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/needs to do, their beliefs and the bodily and social setting, you’ll allow individuals who face illness, incapacity and/or social challenges to reside a extra fulfilling and significant life.  You’ll use abilities in scientific reasoning, vital evaluation, and analysis based mostly proof in your follow.  You’ll use a person-centred method to assist folks to hold out on a regular basis occupations and routines corresponding 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 assist the particular person in addition to communities the place folks have turn out to be marginalised and require assist to construct a significant life.  You possibly can work in a wide range of settings together with well being, social care, training and different non-public and voluntary sector organisations. 

Duties and responsibility of the function:

You’re employed as an autonomous practitioner, both inside a workforce or on a person foundation.  By evaluation, intervention, vital reflection and the applying of analytical abilities, you show the way you collaboratively attain options by way of occupations to the problems folks face.  You’ll be accountable and accountable on your selections, and for reflecting on the effectiveness of your actions, with the intention of frequently enhancing the service you present.  You show management and administration qualities and are answerable for guaranteeing your individual data and abilities are present.  You might be required inside the skilled and regulatory requirements to contribute to the event of the occupation by supporting pupil therapists and supervising these in different roles.

Qualification necessities:

Apprentices might be required to finish a BSc (Hons) diploma in Occupational Remedy or Stage 7 qualification authorized  by the Well being and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the Royal School of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) the place the apprentice already holds a Stage 6 diploma.  Apprentices with out degree 2 English and maths might want to obtain this degree previous to finishing the end-point evaluation (EPA).  For these with an training, well being and care plan or a legacy assertion the apprenticeships English and maths minimal requirement is Entry Stage 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 authorized programme, apprentices are eligible to use to the HCPC for registration as an Occupational Therapist, which is a requirement to follow underneath the protected title of Occupational Therapist.  Additionally, you will be eligible to use for Skilled Membership of The Royal School of Occupational Therapists.

Stage: 6

Period: Usually 4 years

Evaluate Date: After 3 years

Skilled follow of occupational remedy

It is possible for you to to:

You’ll know and perceive:

Skilled follow of occupational remedy

  • Undertake occupational remedy evaluation and interventions that show an understanding of the connection between occupation and well being and wellbeing.
  • Choose and use applicable strategies to determine occupational strengths and desires, utilizing exercise evaluation as a core instrument of follow. Make use of applicable standardised and non-standardised assessments and end result measures to critically analyse the findings.
  • Assess, prescribe and facilitate use of apparatus, assistive know-how, and environmental diversifications when required to boost occupational operate.
  • Use commentary, verbal and non-verbal communication to assemble details about occupational talents and obstacles.
  • Use proof based mostly analysis, scientific reasoning and drawback fixing to formulate administration plans in collaboration with the particular person to assist occupational efficiency e.g. making ready a meal/feeding themselves.
  • Develop a therapeutic relationship with the particular person to agree targets, select particular occupations as remedy, and measure the impression of, and when to stop intervention.
  • Analyse, develop or modify remedy and environments to construct peoples talents and improve occupational efficiency.
  • Conduct evaluation or monitoring procedures, interventions, remedy or different actions safely, e.g. gear provision, environmental adaptation and entry to area people.
  • Adapt follow to take account of recent developments.
  • Facilitate group work to handle occupational wants that respect and mirror 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 practical 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 variety and complexity of human behaviour.
  • The vary of occupations and actions utilized in intervention and why these ought to mirror the person’s occupational wants.
  • The worth of vital reflection and supervision together with the educational underpinning fashions of vital reflection; the potential of occupational remedy in new and rising areas of modern follow.
  • 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 follow 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 individual scope of follow.
  • Work inside the legislative and governance frameworks wherein Occupational Remedy is delivered.
  • Recognise and take account of bodily, psychological, social, religious and cultural wants and variety of people, teams and communities.
  • Form or construction your follow in keeping with recognised theories, frameworks and ideas of occupational remedy, deciding on probably the most applicable theoretical background.
  • Appraise personal efficiency and repair supply, taking account of political, social and financial contexts.
  • Exhibit a dedication to lifelong studying [i] by actively partaking and taking accountability 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 Stage Occupational Remedy Core Information and Observe Expertise[v]
  • The right way to determine the character and degree of an occupational want utilizing particular occupational centered enquiry and theoretical fashions for instance the Mannequin of Human Occupation or Individual-Setting-Occupational Efficiency mannequin.
  • The right way to apply occupational remedy data, abilities and expertise in partnership with the particular person to enhance their occupational stability and efficiency.
  • The connection between occupation, well being and wellbeing and the elements that facilitate or problem participation in occupation.
  • The impression 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 impression of tradition, equality and variety on follow; learn how to adapt follow in artistic methods to fulfill the wants of people and teams inside the scope of occupational remedy follow in a respectful and dignified method.


Management, administration and partnership working

  • Act as a frontrunner by sharing a imaginative and prescient of occupational remedy and its worth in all that you just do to guarantee the standard of your follow and people for whom you might be accountable.
  • Use management and entrepreneurial qualities to steer, innovate and handle change, advertising and selling the advantages of occupational remedy.
  • Work collaboratively in partnership with others, for instance charities, by utilizing occupation to advertise participation, well being and wellbeing.
  • Facilitate studying and consciousness by way of designing and delivering actions for folks, 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.
  • The right way to empower folks to take possession of their care; the significance of particular person centred approaches to inspire and contain folks in significant occupation.
  • The function of audit and evaluate in evaluating the standard of occupational remedy follow and repair enchancment.
  • Using analysis methodologies utilized in occupational remedy follow; the rules and functions of scientific enquiry.

Communication and data

  • Safeguard confidential data and keep information 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 assist skilled follow.
  • Clarify occupational remedy duties clearly and in a method that individuals can perceive (E.g. by utilizing easy, clear language or footage or different strategies reflecting particular person wants).
  • You’ll be an efficient advocate on your occupation and the people you assist and encourage self-advocacy the place potential.


  • The idea of confidentiality and the rules of data governance.
  • The significance of managing information and different data in accordance with laws, protocols and pointers discovered within the regulatory, skilled physique and organisational requirements.
  • How communication impacts evaluation and engagement; learn how to modify communication to take account of age, gender, capability, studying and bodily skill, tradition, ethnicity and non secular beliefs.
  • The significance of offering folks, their households and carers with accessible data to make knowledgeable selections in a method 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 training​. 2019 

[vi] HCPC Requirements of Persevering with Skilled Growth. 

Regulated normal

This can be a regulated occupation.

Regulator physique:

Well being and Care Professions Council

Coaching supplier have to be authorized by regulator physique

EPAO have to be authorized by regulator physique

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