- knowledge of psychology
- counselling skills including active listening and a non-judgemental approach
- sensitivity and understanding
- to be flexible and open to change
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to use your initiative
- knowledge of English language
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
In this role, you could:
- teach a patient recovering from a stroke how to do things for themselves
- encourage someone with depression to take up a hobby or activity
- suggest ways to adapt an office so that an employee injured in a car accident can return to work
- support patients to manage permanent physical disabilities
- help people with learning disabilities to live independently
- keep notes about clients' progress
- advise and support clients and their families and carers.
You may need to wear a uniform.
You could work at a client's home, in an NHS or private hospital, at a client's business, at a GP practice or at an adult care home.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
You could progress to senior clinician or head of occupational therapy services in the NHS. You may also be able to move into general health or social services management.
You could also go into private practice, education or research.