Looking for an OT?
Are you looking for an occupational therapist for a role within OH or vocational rehabilitation? Fill out the contact form or send us an email with your job spec. Alternatively, if you’re unsure whether an occupational therapist would be a good fit for your business, we offer a free phone call to discuss your needs, and free training to explain how an OT would fit within your service. We have OTs looking for full time, part-time and ad-hoc work.
There’s a reason the ‘O’ in OH and the ‘O’ in OT both stand for occupation! The OT profession was created because of a societal need for vocational rehabilitation.
We are experts in understanding the interactions between an individual (person), the occupation (task) and the environment.
We are dual trained in mental health and physical health as well as neurodiverse and cognitive conditions. There is growing evidence of the efficacy of OT within OH settings and the specialist skills they offer.
What can OTs offer?
Within the OT degree, we receive training in a vast range of diagnoses. Most healthcare professionals are usually either comfortable with mental health OR physical health. Whereas OTs are trained in mental health, physical health, neurological and cognitive conditions, neurodiverse conditions, learning disabilities and many others. The benefit of this is that an employee can be thoroughly assessed by an occupational therapist in one session, rather than requiring two separate assessments with a nurse and a physiotherapist or psychologist.
We have the ability to assess an individual’s functional capacity in order to advise definitively on their ability to carry out any task safely.
We are able to provide longer-term support (vocational rehabilitation) which evidence shows is often more effective than traditional, one-off assessments.
Workstation assessments (DSE – display screen equipment – assessments):
Within the OT degree, we receive training in ergonomics and posture management as well as adaptive equipment, perfectly placing us for workstation assessments.
OTs are equipment and environment specialists so can provide recommendations for larger workplace adaptations such as ramp access, accessible toilets, grab rails or adaptations to an office kitchen.
OTs are comfortable with ANY condition. Our expertise is to understand how a condition impacts that particular individual, the task (or ‘occupation’) they are required to do, and the environment in which they do it. Examples of these kinds of conditions are provided here:
o Severe and enduring mental health conditions (including psychosis, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, personality disorders).
o Cognitive conditions: (including brain injury, stroke or
o Complex / chronic conditions (including CFS/ME - chronic fatigue syndrome, Long Covid, fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome.
o Neurodiverse conditions: (including autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia
Further information about what OTs can contribute to OH settings can be found here in a webinar presentation delivered with the Society of Occupational Medicine (SOM) in 2022 and in an excellent article in iOH published in 2023