Become an OT Support Worker
All OT support workers and technicans can sign up for the Occupational Therapy Technicians and Support Workers Bulletin by emailing
Occupational therapy support staff (OT assistants, technicians or generic workers) usually start their career with little or no formal training working under the supervision of an occupational therapist.
A good standard of education is required and a range of essential skills, such as good written and verbal communication, self-management and a great capacity to work with people from diverse backgrounds.
Occupational therapy support workers employed full-time in the NHS currently earn around £12,000 a year, which can rise to over £20,000 after a number of years of employment.
OT Support workers benefit from learning on the job and can choose to develop their skills further by formal training programmes
Some OT support staff work exclusively within occupational therapy. Some work as generic staff with a number of professions like nursing and physiotherapy.
Positions are usually available within the NHS, private practice, social services and voluntary organisations, and training is often provided on the job.
The interest in these posts is very strong, so applying can be competitive. Be sure to check with the employer about what skills and experience might give you a better chance of employment.