The Essential Guide for Newly Qualified Occupational Therapists makes the transition to practice go smoothly. It includes models and advice for working in diverse contexts, from adult social care to paediatric health care. It is full of helpful tips for coping with the organisational and emotional challenges of the job, and securing positive relationships for success.

Starting out in practice can be difficult and confusing. This guide for newly qualified occupational therapists provides an authoritative overview of what to expect in your role and work settings, and is full of practical guidance on how to make a good start to a successful practice.

With chapters by experienced practitioners in the field, it offers insights into work in paediatrics, mental health, learning disability and the acute hospital setting. Vital information is also included on difficult aspects of practice such as legislation and data protection. It signposts sources for support and resources for furthering techniques in individual areas of work. Most importantly, the book offers tips for managing a busy workload, while building the positive relationships and resilience needed for a successful career in the occupational therapy.

“When I qualified 25 years ago, I experienced what felt like a deep daunting crevasse between what I had been taught at university and the realities of my first occupational therapy post. Written by real occupational therapists, this book provides a reassuring bridge across that crevasse, safely guiding the reader along the student to practitioner journey. Whilst the book explores the realities of working in a modern UK health & social care system, the writers also demonstrate how it is possible to practice in a way that promotes the values and philosophy underpinning our profession.”
– Dr Rachel Russell, Ph.D, Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, University of Salford

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Ruth Parker is an Occupational Therapy Practice Supervisor in the Children with Disabilities Team of Lincolnshire County Council, and a PhD candidate at the University of Salford. Julia Badger is an Occupational Therapist working in the Lincolnshire Integrated Community Equipment Store, providing support to OT’s and other equipment prescribers in the county through guidance, information and training.

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