Occupational therapy

CPD courses

CPD courses

We support continuing professional development (CPD) by offering a wide range of learning pathways to clinicians and health care professionals. We also offer an extensive range of bespoke workshops and courses which can be tailored to your exact needs.

"Occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation", (World Federation of Occupational Therapists 2004). This definition encapsulates our approach to occupational therapy. Central to our philosophy is the value attached to 'occupation' and 'activity' as a means to achieving health and well-being, and to helping individuals achieve their goals.

What is an occupational therapist?

An occupational therapist works with people of all ages to help them overcome the effects of disability or difficulties caused by physical or psychological illness, ageing or accident. They work in a very wide range of areas, including mental health services, learning disabilities, care management, paediatrics, physical rehabilitation, assistive equipment for daily living and environmental adaptation.

The settings occupational therapists work within are just as varied, from hospitals, clients' homes, residential and nursing homes and GP practices, to more unexpected places such as prisons, schools, community centres and industrial or commercial organisations. For more information visit British Association of Occupational Therapists and the College of Occupational Therapists.

Our courses

The way that the NHS funds Occupational Therapy BSc and MSc courses is changing. There is still NHS funding for places in MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration) which is guaranteed for those who are successful in applying for entry in 2017.

  • BSc Occupational Therapy

    Our BSc Occupational Therapy helps you to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to enable you to work with clients of all ages who have physical, mental health or learning difficulties.


  • MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Registration)

    Our full-time MSc Occupational Therapy helps you to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to enable you to work with clients of all ages who have physical, mental health or learning difficulties. This Masters level pre-registration course is offered as an accelerated programme, giving you the advantage of inter-professional learning (IPL), which encourages professionals to learn with and from each other.

    International students

    We have a limited number of places open to self-funding international students on our MSc Occupational Therapy, see the course details for more information.


Why study with us?

To practise as an occupational therapist, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Our pre-registration courses are approved by the HCPC, so when you graduate you will meet the required levels of expertise ensuring you are eligible to apply for registration with the HCPC and practise as an occupational therapist.

Literacy and numeracy

When your application successfully makes it through the initial admissions process, you will be invited to attend an interview where you will complete a literacy and numeracy test.

Research

We offer a number of professional doctorate and research courses which cover a variety of specialist areas within the health, social care and voluntary arenas.

Keeping you up to date

You can find regular updates about both the School and our occupational therapy team on Facebook, Twitter and in our regular newsletter OT@Essex. If you have something you would like added to the newsletter, or would like to be included on the email list please contact wbryant@essex.ac.uk.