Overview of the role

Occupational Therapists (OTs) support people of all ages with problems resulting from physical, mental, social, or developmental difficulties. OTs provide interventions that help people find ways to continue with everyday activities that are important to them. This could involve learning new ways to do things or making changes to their environment to make things easier. As patients’ needs are so varied, OTs help GPs to support patients who are frail, with complex needs, live with chronic physical or mental health conditions, manage anxiety or depression, require advice to return or remain in work and need rehabilitation so they can continue with previous occupations (activities of daily living).


Example of tasks that the role is trained to deliver:

  • Specialise in complex needs and identifying social support
  • Use of PGDs
  • Clinical teaching and research/audit
  • Diet and lifestyle advice
  • Health promotion



From April 2020, this role will be reimbursed at 100% on the Additional Roles Reimbursement Scheme for PCNs.



  • A BSc degree in occupational therapy is required to work as an occupational therapist in any setting.


Further Information:

Click the link to find out more about the role, including job descriptions, case studies and more: Occupational Therapist