Where could I work?​

An occupational therapist can work in a variety of roles throughout their career, such as being a clinical practitioner, manager, consultant, lecturer, researcher or self-employed. Occupational therapists can also work in different fields such as social care, mental health, work rehabilitation and neurology. This could involve working in  schools, prisons, hospitals, charities, private practice or in the community.​

What would my starting salary be?​

Most jobs in the NHS are covered by the Agenda for Change pay scales and, as a recently graduated occupational therapist, you will start at Band 5,  rising for more experienced and consultant occupational therapists. Pay and conditions will vary depending upon your employer and competitive rates are offered throughout the private and voluntary sectors so can vary significantly. You should always check with the employer to confirm the pay rate for any post for which you are applying.​

What hours would I be working?​

The average hours of work are 35-37.5 hours per week. The majority of occupational therapy jobs are Monday-Friday but your role may also cover evenings and weekends especially in mental health community services, acute hospitals, accident and emergency services and private practice.​

To explore this career in more depth visit : NHS Health Careers