What is the difference between an OT and an OT Aide?

An Occupational Therapist is someone who has undergone extensive training and qualified with a degree (or in the past, a diploma). They must be registered with the Health Care Professionals Council to practice legally. A person cannot just decide they want to call themselves an Occupational Therapist without this qualification and registration. An Occupational Therapist will study various subjects, depending on where they studied.


A person with a disability or ill health can find that the property they live in becomes difficult to get around. The access could have too many steps, they may not be able to manage the stairs inside and become confined to one floor or one room, the bathroom may be difficult to use or the kitchen might be difficult to access. This can become an issue over time if someone has a deteriorating condition. Or it could be an immediate issue such as if a person experiences a sudden trauma like a spinal injury.

Taxicard Scheme

Taxicard is a scheme that provides subsidised transport for people who have serious

Occupational Therapists’ Salaries

OT salaries vary depending on what field you work in, what level of experience you have and what type of responsibility you have and where in the UK you are.
The agenda for change, put in place in 2004 was introduced to harmonise pay and terms and conditions for all NHS workers other than doctors. This saw the end of the basic grade, senior 2, senior 1 type scale and brought in banding. It starts at band 5 for newly qualified OT and goes up. A result of this was that it brought into place even pay for physiotherapists and OT's.

Disabled Parking

Disabled parking (previously known as handicapped parking) has been created for people who have a mobility problem and find it difficult to get to get out of the vehicle in a regular space or find it difficult to get to places from the parking area. This could be anything from an actual physical disability which limits the ability to walk to a cardiac or respiratory problem that restricts breathing.


More choice for service users.

There are a lot of changes through the government, to the way systems work in health care to give service users more choice and control. For care management, personal budgets are being used so that a person is given money to use in a way they feel will meet their needs, not in the traditional manner of being given a care package.

Case Studies

Case Study 1
Service User (SU) is 48 years old. She lives with her husband and 2 adult children. She lives in a property owned by a housing association. She has multiple sclerosis (MS) and is a full time wheelchair user.

Previous input.
I has been involved with this s/u on and off due to the nature of her condition which fluctuates. This case study is the input I have had over 2 years..

Agencies and support groups.

There is a lot of support out there for disabled people if you know where to look.

The Ageing Population

The average life expectancy is increasing. As we get older, our minds do not feel our age, but our bodies do and unfortunately the two do not always cooperate!
Every day activities can be more difficult to carry out which can be frustrating. An OT can assist with this to enable a person to remain as independent as possible.

What can an Occupational Therapist do for you?

An OT can assist a person to become independent by providing equipment or adaptations to the home. They can also teach a person to complete an activity using a different method to gain the same result.