Occupational therapy assistant

Female in uniform walking down hospital corridor

A day as an occupational therapy assistant

You work alongside an occupational therapist, assisting people in the community to live happy and fulfilling lives.

Today, you're working the afternoon shift and at 2pm you drive to meet an elderly woman who has recently suffered a stroke. When you arrive at her home, the occupational therapist is already there working out a patient activity plan. You're given the task of taking the lady shopping - a real achievement for her, since she hasn't left the house in months.

You report back to your occupational therapist, who asks you to arrange another shopping date with the lady next week. You love working in the community, and helping support and improve the lives of others. You also enjoy the training and career prospects that come with this role because in the future you could work in mental health services or a hospital trust.