Occupational Therapy Support Worker

The Role(s)

Occupational Therapy Support Workers assist Occupational Therapists in their day to day duties. Support staff working at more senior levels are usually known as Assistant Practitioners.

Once the Occupational Therapist has assessed the client's needs, the Occupational Therapy Support Worker helps him or her to achieve goals such as going shopping or preparing a simple meal.

They support and encourage clients and report back on their progress, working with the Occupational Therapist and possibly with nursing staff and social services.

They also make sure the patients have all the special aids they need and that the equipment is in good working order.


Skills, Interests and Abilities

Useful skills include

  • practical skills
  • communication skills

Useful abilities include

  • a caring and encouraging attitude
  • tact and sensitivity
  • patience
  • the ability to work in a team
  • the ability to relate to people of all ages and backgrounds


Entry Requirements

Occupational therapy support workers have no specific entry requirements but you will find it useful to have an SVQ 2 or SVQ 3 in Healthcare Support (clinical and non clinical). These courses are accredited by CACHE

Occupational Therapy Support staff working as assistant practitioners may be seconded by their employer to complete an approved pre-registration degree in occupational therapy on a part-time or in-service basis.

This would enable them to practice as an occupational therapist.

Modern Apprenticeships

Modern Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support (clinical) at SCQF Level 6 and SCQF Level 7

The Modern Apprenticeship in Healthcare Support (clinical) at SCQF Level 6 and SCQF Level 7 is a framework for people interested in working in a clinical healthcare setting.

Contact your local Board to find out if this Modern Apprenticeship is available in your area.

For more information about this Modern Apprenticeship framework, look at