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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Awarded by St George’s, University of London

Occupational Therapy is a health and social care profession that supports people experiencing challenges in their health and well-being as a result of injury, illness, or disability.

Occupational therapist work collaboratively with their clients to help them set and achieve goals to live their lives to the fullest. Occupational therapists focus on helping their clients to participate in the roles and activities they want to (“occupations”), despite any challenges they might face.

Occupational Therapists work with children and adults of all ages in a range of settings including health organisations, social care, housing, education, prisons, employment services, voluntary organisations, and in private practice. They work with clients with challenges including mental health problems, physical illnesses or disabilities and learning disabilities.

Courses

Pre-registration status course

Eligible for international students

Why choose us?

  • The Guardian University Guide 2017 ranks Kingston and St George’s as second in London for allied health professions.
  • You will spend over 28 weeks of study time during your qualification on practice placement.
  • Shared campus with one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK
  • You will gain valuable experience working with people with dementia, through our innovative CARDS programme.
  • Unique opportunities for inter-professional education and debates preparing students to work in multi-disciplinary health and social care teams
  • Modern teaching facilities enable students to practice and develop practical skills in simulated environments to prepare for practice placements
  • Established links with local NHS and Social Care organisations enhance prospects for graduating students seeking work in the local area
  • Accreditation with the professional body, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)
  • Disclosure and Barring Service check.
  • A professional uniform.

Learning tools and facilities
  • Specialist teaching rooms with a range of resources and equipment to help you develop expertise for use in the real world.
  • Personal tutoring.
Student benefits
We have a dedicated Student Support Officer to ensure student wellbeing; they are the first point of contact for students who have personal problems, need advice or are seeking information about University services.
Practice placements
We work closely with NHS Trusts, social care, local authority, private and voluntary sector partners in and around London to provide our students with experience of practice before they graduate.

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