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Salary: from (April 2019) £26,999 to £33,799 (dependent upon skills and experience) Company Car or Mileage Allowance and paid HCPC Registration Fees Location: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire Start your career journey with Serco At Serco we are looking for

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Helping you find a career as an Occupational therapist

The job of an occupational therapist is to help their clients overcome problems caused by accidents, aging or illness. This can involve a variety of positions and skills, including teaching clients to accept disabilities or helping those with mental illness.

What does an Occupational therapist do?
Although each patient's needs will be different, typical occupational therapist duties may include:
  • Creating treatment programmes to suit each patient

  • Working with patients for a number of weeks or months

  • Keeping case notes on each patient's progress

  • Supporting and advising clients

  • Keeping a patient's family informed of progress

  • Solving accessibility problems

  • Understanding the unique problems of each patient and amending treatment as it progresses
What skills and interests should an Occupational therapist have?
  • Communication

  • Interpersonal skills

  • Empathy and patience

  • Problem solving

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Genuine interest in their patients' wellbeing
What hours does an Occupational therapist typically do?
Typical working hours for an occupational therapist are standard business hours, 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.
What environment is an Occupational therapist based in?
Depending on the client's needs you could work in a hospital, GP surgery, school, office or even at their home.
How much does an Occupational therapist travel?
Depending on where you work, there may be some travel around the local community.
How much does an Occupational therapist get paid?
At entry level you can expect to earn between £21,500 and £25,000 a year, increasing to £26,000 to £34,800 after a couple years of experience.

For those who are highly experienced, the yearly salary which can be expected is between £35,000 and £41,000.
Perks & benefits
You'll get to enjoy watching your clients' conditions improve as you help them through their journey.
What qualifications does an Occupational therapist need?
To become an occupational therapist, you must have a degree in occupational therapy as recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council. This can take the form of an undergraduate degree or a postgraduate qualification.

You must also then register with the HCPC and pass background checks.
Useful subjects to study at school & university
  • Occupational therapy

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