NHS Occupational Therapy Support Worker in Scotland
Occupational Therapy Support Workers normally work under the supervision of registered Occupational Therapists to help people of all ages to carry out day-to-day activities with confidence and control. Support staff working at more senior levels are usually known as Assistant Practitioners.
Once the patient’s needs have been assessed by the Occupational Therapist, you may help them to:
- create a daily routine and learn or re-learn skills, such as washing or dressing themselves
- achieve goals such as going shopping or preparing a simple meal
- adjust their lifestyle after an accident or major surgery
- learn new ways of doing things and develop strategies after suffering from a stroke or brain injury
- use mobility aids, adaptations or assistive technology to get around or use household equipment
You would also support and encourage clients, reporting back to the Occupational Therapist on their progress.
Occupational Therapy Support Workers help ensure patients have all the special aids they need and that the equipment is in good working order.