Verity - Occupational Therapist

Who’s this?

I’m Verity and currently a PhD student, Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, University of Manchester; I’m also an Occupational Therapist (OT)

What does that mean?

I’m currently doing research into what occupational therapists do in hospitals and how we can improve what we do. Within my role of an Occupational Therapist, I help people to overcome illness or disability that might be stopping them from being independent by using equipment, or teaching them different ways of doing activities

Why did you choose this job?

I became an occupational therapist because I enjoy helping people, there’s a lot of variety in the job and it doesn’t involve too many body fluids

What is the best part of your job?

I like meeting lots of interesting people and helping them to do what they want

Is your job stressful and how do you cope with stress?

When I worked in the hospital it was stressful at times when it was busy but I worked in a great team and we would always help each other. We’d always have time for tea and cake!

What does your typical day look like?

At the moment I’m based in an office and do a lot of computer work. When I worked as an OT, I would see new patients and find out about their lives and how they were going manage when they got home, assess their walking and make sure they were able to get themselves up and about giving them equipment that may needed. Patients that I worked with would have a variety of conditions such as heart attacks, breathing difficulties, stroke, broken hips, all of which might affect them managing at home

What have you done that has made you most proud at work?

It’s very rare for occupational therapists to go into research as most enjoy doing practical work so getting accepted to do my PhD was my proudest moment

What do you want to achieve in the next 5 years at work?

I want to improve care for people living in Manchester through implementing my research

How does a role like this pay?

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

The National Careers Service have a section for 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 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.