RCOT launches careers diversity campaign for Occupational Therapy Week 2020
For Occupational Therapy Week 2020, the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) has launched a social media campaign to encourage people from all backgrounds to become occupational therapists.
Occupational Therapy Week 2020 is running from 2-8 November and this year, RCOT is aiming to inspire people to choose occupational therapy as a career.
Although there are over 41,000 occupational therapists (OTs), across the UK there is still a significant shortage and the profession is included on the UK’s Shortage Occupations List, the college highlights.
RCOT wants to encourage people from a variety of backgrounds to qualify as OTs and ensure that the profession reflects the diversity of the population it serves.
Through a social media campaign, #ChooseOT, RCOT is reaching out to school students and the people who support them to encourage more people to consider occupational therapy as a career.
RCOT Chief Executive Julia Scott said: “I’m sure I speak for our members in saying that being an occupational therapist is the best job in the world. It brings immense benefits and opportunities, and training to be an occupational therapist leads to a nationally and internationally recognised qualification.
“No two days are ever the same. You can change people’s lives on a daily basis working in the NHS, social care, schools, prisons, the emergency services and in the private and voluntary sector. The list is almost endless.
“The profession needs people from all backgrounds. So if you are a problem solver, people person, good at sizing up situations or enjoy helping people – now is the time to #ChooseOT.”
RCOT’s social media campaign will feature OTs talking about why they chose the profession and love their careers.
The social posts will direct school students to the college’s new careers website, which will provide more information about becoming an occupational therapist.
The new careers website provides information about occupational therapy as a profession, routes into occupational therapy, and how occupational therapy is diverse and inclusive.