Posted on 09/11/2016

Occupational Therapy - insights of an Occupational Therapist

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Occupational Therapy - insights of an Occupational Therapist

With over 26 years experience in Occupational Therapy, our in-house OT Helen is a fantastic source of knowledge for any customer looking for more information on our wide range of products.

Name: Helen
Years in OT: 26
Favourite area of OT: I don't have a favourite – it’s the variety that I enjoy. I have, however, mainly worked as a Community based OT visiting people in their own homes.

1) How did you get into Occupational Therapy?

I always knew that I wanted to work within the Health and Social Care sector - I just needed to find the right role. My Mum had worked as an OTA (before I was born) so I was always aware of the profession! I liked the practical and holistic aspect of OT so after a bit of work experience and travel decided to apply to do my training.

2) Which ways are best for learning your trade?

I find that I learn best by doing! Nothing beats hands on experience.

3) What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

I love the variety! I also enjoy the fact that I'm working in a non traditional role for an OT. I still get to chat to customers and offer advice and suggestions to their difficulties, which I love, but I also get the chance to look more closely at equipment.

4) What advice would you give to someone wanting to be an OT?

Do it! I would advise getting as much experience as you can in a variety of settings and embrace and learn from each of those experiences. You never stop learning.

5) If you didn’t work in Occupational Therapy, what would you do?

I'd want to work outdoors, preferably in a garden.

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