15 months after graduating
97% of our occupational therapy graduates are in work or further study
97% of our occupational therapy graduates agree that their current activity is meaningful
of our occupational therapy graduates said their degree was a formal requirement or gave them an advantage*
Studying occupational therapy at the University of Plymouth will enable you to commence a rewarding career within the health ad social care sectors. With an ongoing demand for occupational therapists across the UK, employment prospects for graduates remain very good.
As the healthcare sector moves towards more integrated, home and community-based services, the range of opportunities available for newly qualified occupational therapists has never been greater. Our graduates work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, GP practices, health centres, nursing homes, schools, prisons and the armed forces. They also support patients in their own homes.
Most occupational therapists are employed by the NHS, however opportunities also exist in local authorities, charities and in commercial organisations (eg. independent occupational therapy services or equipment manufacturers).
As your career develops, you could take on a specialist role. Specialisms exist in a range of settings, for example in substance abuse, burns and plastic surgery, mental health or stroke rehabilitation. With experience you could progress into a leadership role, such as Clinical Lead. Alternatively, you could take on an education role, leading on the training and development of occupational therapists within the NHS or training students in higher education. With further training it is also possible to work as a high-intensity therapist as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service. Opportunities also exist in clinical research.
Researching your career options
Given the diversity of career options open to occupational therapy graduates, it is important to research and explore these fully so that you can make informed decisions about your future.
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Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth Occupational Health graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation.
- Band 5 Occupational Therapist
- Band 6 Occupational Therapist
- Eating Disorder Practitioner (CAMHS) -OT
- Equine Assisted Therapist
- Locum OT
- Mental Health Practitioner
- Occupational Therapist
- Occupational Therapist (Wheelchair Therapist)
- Occupational Therapist In Neurology
- Paediatric Occupational Therapist
- Rotational Occupational Therapist
- Stroke Occupational Therapist
Our graduates are found in most NHS Trusts as well as the private healthcare sector. Click here for links to Trusts across the UK All NHS Authorities .
Here are some examples of employers that our graduates have told us they are working for:
- Cardiff And Vale Health Board
- Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
- Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Devon Partnership NHS Trust
- Elysium Healthcare
- Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
- Jigsaw School
- Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
- Livewell Southwest
- NHS - The Royal United Hospital, Bath
- NHS - Worthing Hospital
- North Hampshire Hospital NHS Trust
- Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
- Occupational Therapy Limited
- Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
- Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship
- Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- South Gloucestershire Council
- South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
- Southern Health and Social Care Trust
- Swansea Bay University Healthboard
- The Huntercombe Group
- The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
- Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
- West Barks Social Services
- Wiltshire Council
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 42 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.