Deena - Senior Occupational Therapy Assistant

Who’s this?

Deena is a Senior Occupational Therapy (OT) Assistant working within adult care and is part of the orthopaedic team at Fairfield and Oldham hospitals – Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

What’s the story of their career to date?

Deena wanted to become a nurse when she left school, joining the territorial army with aspirations to train as part of the Queen Alexanders Nursing Core, during this time she became pregnant and did not go on to fulfil her initial aspirations to become a nurse. Deena has since worked for many years in the care sector gaining lots of valuable experience within care homes, cardiology, respiratory services as well as orthopaedic injuries, becoming an OT assistant in the year 2000 and after developing her skills and knowledge further successfully gained her current role of a senior OT assistant

What do they do?

Deena’s main role as an OT assistant is to reduce patient anxiety around surgery they have planned, as well as supporting timely discharge from hospital once the procedure has taken place. As part of her role Deena completes OT pre-operative assessments for adults who are due to have hip or knee replacements, contacting the patient at home via a telephone call to discuss their usual daily routines and identifying anything that the patient may struggle with following their operation. Deena orders equipment for patients’ home, provides advice and information and discusses with ward staff any concerns the patient may have when admitted to hospital for the planned operation

What’s the best thing about their role?

Deena feels that the best thing about her role is the part she plays in making a significant difference to people’s lives, supporting patients to regain their functional abilities, working with a fantastic team of colleagues who strive to ensure patient safety and independence at home is paramount

Where are they going from here?

Deena feels The NHS has supported her in completing her Level 3 Health and Social Care NVQ as well as a vocational access course, meeting regularly with her manager to identify any training needs and is happy within her current role as every day is different and brings about a new challenge

Where can I go from here?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers & Engagement Hub in partnership with Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. If you’d like to find out more about career opportunities and working in the NHS then email us: or visit our website

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Senior Occupational Therapy Assistant normally starts at a Band 2 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Senior Occupational Therapy Assistant 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 Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Senior Occupational Therapy Assistant 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.