Lucy - Specialist Occupational Therapist

Who’s this?

Lucy is a specialist occupational therapist working with children as part of the neurology and orthopaedic teams within the children’s wards at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

What’s the story of their career to date?

Lucy did not know what she wanted to do when she left school so after completing her A-levels went into the world of work. At the age of 20, Lucy considered becoming a nurse but felt this wasn’t exactly what she wanted to do, she knew she wanted something similar but did not know what roles where available to her. A friend suggested occupational therapy and after researching the role, she knew instantly that this was what she wanted to do! Already having some experience working with children, Lucy decided to become a paediatric occupational therapist and completed her degree over three years

What do they do?

Lucy plays a critical role in helping people to overcome the effects of disability caused by illness, ageing or an accident so that they can carry out everyday tasks or occupations. Lucy has to look at her patient’s functional ability in everyday activities taking into consideration what their condition or disability may be. This could be a baby that is developmentally delayed due to a long illness or providing specialist equipment. Lucy works closely with parents to come up with strategies to support them in bringing the child on in their recovery. Lucy also looks at a child’s cognition and movement, working closely with physiotherapists and the multi-disciplinary team to rehabilitate the child and support their recovery, putting strategies or specialist equipment in place for them to return home. Lucy spends lots of time with the patient’s family building a therapeutic relationship with them which is very meaningful for the parent supporting them in their child’s recovery and hopefully taking them home, also working closely with the community teams to support the transition from hospital to home

What’s the best thing about their role?

Lucy feels the best part of her role is seeing progress that the child or young person has been made, knowing that she has helped support her patient’s recovery in lots of different ways

Where are they going from here?

Lucy wants to remain working with paediatrics and feels that there are lots of different options within occupational therapy, such as working in community settings such as mainstream or special needs schools

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Specialist Occupational Therapist normally starts at a Band 5 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Specialist Occupational Therapist where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Manchester Universities NHS Foundation Trust (Central & Trafford Sites). If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Specialist Occupational Therapist section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.