15 months after graduating
of our occupational therapy graduates are in work or further study
97% of our occupational therapy graduates are in highly skilled work or further study
of our occupational therapy graduates said their degree was a formal requirement or gave them an advantage*
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.
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.
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).
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.
The following websites provide helpful information on
options with a podiatry degree:
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Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth
Occupational Health graduates told us they were doing six months after
- Occupational Therapist
- Rotational Occupational Therapist
- Paediatric Occupational Therapist
- Community Occupational Therapist
- Primary school Occupational Therapist
- Primary Care Dementia Practitioner
- Mental Health Practitioner
- Housing Occupational Therapist
- Activities Co-ordinator
- Transition Project Worker
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 .
some examples of employers that our graduates have told us they are working
Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18. Graduates were
surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 34
UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working,
studying or looking for work.