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Occupational Therapist

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€33k > 59 
Occupational Therapist
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€33 - 59 
Related Information:
Entrants: 33 - 50
Senior: 50 - 59
Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: April, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Assesses patients physical and mental rehabilitation needs and plans programmes to help them.


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1Total Records: 2

Aoife Lyons
Occupational Psychologist  

Aoife works as an Occupational Psychologist for the Public Appointments Service and is based in Dublin. After completing her primary degree, she completed her Masters in Occupational Psychology in the University of Manchester. She is directly involved in the selecting and designing of aptitude tests for various roles in the Civil Service, and in interpreting the results of these.

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Tomas Flanagan
Occupational Therapist  

Tomás Flanagan is an Occupational Therapist working for St Michael's House. Following his Leaving Certificate, he studied Occupational Therapy in Trinity College Dublin where he found the educational placements of particular relevance.  Following graduation he got an opportunity to work with children with Autism for a year which was very challenging but offered a great learning experience.

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Occupational therapists work with people who are physically or mentally disabled. They help their clients to maximise their independence at home and in their working and social lives.  
 
First, clients are assessed using various physical, psychological, perceptual or cognitive tests. This provides the Occupational Therapist with an understanding of the client's capabilities and potential.  
 
The Occupational Therapist builds up a general picture of the client's needs by consulting other professionals, such as physiotherapists and social workers. They also have access to the doctor's report.  
 
Then the Occupational Therapist and the client decide together which skills are needed in order to maximise independence. These needs are determined by the client's condition and anticipated lifestyle. For instance, physically impaired clients may need help in strengthening muscles, co-ordinating movements and improving stamina.  
 
If someone has had an accident, they may need to re-learn basic 'living skills' (e.g. washing, cooking). Occupational Therapists help people return to work as well, by training them in simulated work situations to improve their confidence, for example.  
 
Occupational Therapists often visit people in their homes, to advise on alterations that will make independent living easier and more comfortable. For example, the adjustment of toilet seats or work surfaces may enable elderly people to live at home safely. Occupational Therapists will also arrange for extra support for clients (e.g. home help services).  
 
People with mental health problems are often supported by an Occupational Therapist in their own home. They may need therapy for anxiety or depression, which prevents them from going out to work. The Occupational Therapist builds up their self-confidence by improving their social and coping skills.  
 
This may be done by practising work-related skills or through assertiveness training. Communication skills may be developed through activities such as group discussion or working on the preparation of a meal with other clients.  
 
An Occupational Therapist may work with individual clients or with groups. Group exercises are particularly effective in teaching relaxation or communication skills. Occupational therapy helpers are often involved in

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Plan, organize, and conduct occupational therapy programs in hospital, institutional, or community settings to help rehabilitate those impaired because of illness, injury or psychological or developmental problems.

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Test and evaluate patients' physical and mental abilities and analyze medical data to determine realistic rehabilitation goals for patients.

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Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental or physical capabilities.

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Evaluate patients' progress and prepare reports that detail progress.

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Complete and maintain necessary records.

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Train caregivers how to provide for the needs of a patient during and after therapy.

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Recommend changes in patients' work or living environments, consistent with their needs and capabilities.

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Develop and participate in health promotion programs, group activities, or discussions to promote client health, facilitate social adjustment, alleviate stress, and prevent physical or mental disability.

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Consult with rehabilitation team to select activity programs or coordinate occupational therapy with other therapeutic activities.

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Plan and implement programs and social activities to help patients learn work or school skills and adjust to handicaps.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Therapy and Counseling:  Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

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Psychology:  Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Sociology and Anthropology:  Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

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Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Operations Analysis:   Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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You will need good powers of observation, to ensure that assessments and monitoring are precise. You'll also need to be practical and resourceful in devising individual programmes.  
 
To ensure that clients follow a programme that may seem difficult and tiresome, you'll need the ability to inspire confidence, to encourage and persuade. This is slow work and results do not come easily or quickly, so you must have great patience.  
 
Sensitivity is essential in work with patients who may be anxious or nervous. You will also need to be cheerful, as people may be depressed because of their condition.  
 
Should you consider such a career, you are advised to visit an Occupational Therapy department. The work is demanding so persons considering applying for training should be emotionally stable, physically fit and academically able.


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Organisation: Occupational Therapists of Ireland
  Address: PO Box 1155, Bow Bridge House, Bow Lane. Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
  Tel: (01) 633 7222
  Email: aoti@eircom.net
  Url www.aoti.ie
   

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Organisation: RNIB School of Rehabilitation Studies
  Address: Room C110, Cox Building, Perry Bar Campus, UCE Birmingham, Birmingham B42 2SU
  Tel: +44 121 331 6405
  Email: pat.tinsell@uce.ac.uk
  Url www.sightlossmatters.com
   

 

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