Olivia - Adult Occupational Therapist

Who’s this?

Olivia is an Adult Occupational Therapist (OT) currently working with female elderly inpatients, looking at the patient functions and supporting them in keeping as independently as possible to do things they need and want to do, providing them with equipment or referring them to other services if rehabilitation is needed. Olivia is part of the OT team based in central Manchester and work for Manchester Universities NHS Foundation Trust

What’s the story of their career to date?

Olivia decided that she wanted to be an OT after attending careers fairs and knowing that she wanted to work in a caring profession. After completing A-levels Olivia began looking at university prospectuses, attending open days and researching the statistics of OT students that had successfully graduated and gained employment, before deciding on the university that she wanted to complete her studies. Olivia successfully achieved a BSc in Occupational Therapy and gained her current role as an Adult Occupational Therapist

What placements did they carry out whilst at University?

Olivia gained lots of experience whilst on several placements as an OT student, covering areas such as elective orthopaedics working with patient that have had hip and knee replacements, community mental health, hand therapy working in an outpatient clinic rehabilitating patients that have had hand surgery, also working on an acute mental health ward to support patients by engaging in activities which she really enjoyed

What do they do?

As well as carrying out her role as an adult OT, Olivia is on the Preceptorship programme, this supports Olivia in her first role as a qualified health professional. Olivia attends workshops as well as monthly meetings with her mentor supporting her during her first year in her post.

What’s the best thing about their role?

Olivia feels that the interaction that she has with patients and their families is really rewarding to her!

Where are they going from here?

Olivia is ambitious and once she has gained more experience wants to specialise in an area, possibly within mental health

How does a role like this pay?

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

The National Careers Service have a section for Adult 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 Adult 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.