An occupational therapist devises a set of interactive and engaging activities with patients that are designed to restore normal function and prevent the risk of a disability.
At Harley Street we recognise and value the work of our occupational therapists and the difference it makes to their patients’ lives. These therapists are educated to degree level and have often worked in the NHS before deciding to switch to private practice.
Many of them choose to specialise in a particular area, for example, teenagers.
This is a demanding profession which requires patience, understanding, common sense, dedication and in-depth knowledge of the subject area. Not forgetting excellent communication skills.
Our occupational therapists possess these skills which are a mandatory requirement for working in this field.
The work of an occupational therapist
An occupational therapist works with people who have a disability or some other form of physical or psychological limitation caused by a disease, illness or accident.
They encourage them to participate in various activities to improve their physical and cognitive abilities and ultimately, their quality of life. The aim is to encourage patients to get the maximum satisfaction out of life.
These activities can include picking up certain objects, learning to stand and walk, using specially adapted technology or developing social skills, e.g. having a conversation.
This can be a very rewarding profession.