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Top 30 Occupational Therapist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
Have you applied with any other facilities?
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"I have applied to two other facilities. I'm most interested in your company because it would allow me to work with children which is my passion."
This question might be asked to see if you are floating your resume or serious about finding employment. Simply share if you have any other OT interviews with a simple yes or no. Be sure to mention that you are most interested in this role, and provide one solid reason for why it intrigues you the most.
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Question 2 of 30
What are your strengths?
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"When faced with a stressful situation I've always had the ability to keep calm as well as keep my colleagues and patients calm."
This interview question is one of the most common questions during an interview. Have your answer memorized but not too rehearsed. Make a list of some of your strengths. Review the job description and see how they match. Choose a strength that can be vital in the workplace.
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Question 3 of 30
What is your greatest weakness?
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Tell us about yourself.
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Question 5 of 30
How do you handle criticism?
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Question 6 of 30
What type of chronic conditions have you helped your patients monitor?
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Question 7 of 30
Are you comfortable interviewing patients to gather health information?
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Question 8 of 30
What strengths or special skills will you bring to this position?
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Question 9 of 30
How did you learn about this position?
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Question 10 of 30
How do you validate the client’s pain and work to establish trust?
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Question 11 of 30
What is your favorite type of patient?
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Question 12 of 30
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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Question 13 of 30
When can you start working?
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Question 14 of 30
How do you help your clients suffering from Arthritis?
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Question 15 of 30
Are you experience at hiring clinic staff? Is this a responsibility you are comfortable with?
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Question 16 of 30
Tell me about the most successful patient you've had.
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Question 17 of 30
How would you treat a patient with sleep dysfunction?
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Question 18 of 30
Have you worked with patients that have suffered a stroke?
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Question 19 of 30
How are your administrative skills?
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Question 20 of 30
How would your coworkers describe you?
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Question 21 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 22 of 30
Do you have specialized training in driver rehabilitation?
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Question 23 of 30
What are a few ways you would help an adult experiencing stress?
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Question 24 of 30
Where are you most comfortable providing therapy?
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Question 25 of 30
What do you do in your spare time?
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Question 26 of 30
How would your current supervisor describe you?
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Question 27 of 30
What is your ideal work environment?
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Question 28 of 30
What qualities does a great leader have?
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Question 29 of 30
How would your patients describe you?
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Question 30 of 30
What experience do you have helping your patients work through Mental Health challenges?
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Question 1 of 30
Have you applied with any other facilities?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Currently I do not have any others lined up.
2.
No I am currently only interested in this particular job offer.
3.
I don't. I'm only interested in this programme, at this university.
4.
At this time, I do not have any other interviews.
5.
Not at the moment - I am very impressed with this organisation and wanted to attend for I interview as I am passionate about working with this client group.
6.
I work closely with other therapies and often we have asked each other for feedback on our working styles and how to improve. We like to encourage using our strengths for an equal balance.
7.
Yes I have applied to another post at south tees hospital.
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Yes I have applied to another post at south tees hospital.
9.
Nothing planned at the moment, I only have bank work until the end of June and need to be securing a permanent role very soon, to give me and my husband some stability.
10.
I do have any other therapy interview at the moment, because I want to focus on this company, because I heard that you have a unique and intensive approach to rehabilitation, returning patients to less average time.
11.
Not presently, as this is my first choice position.
12.
Yes, I have another interview in one week's time.
13.
No I was offered an interview in Wales, but I decided to turn it down as I want to stay in London. I really want to work for St.Georges.
14.
Yes, I am currently in the interview process with other schools.
15.
No, I applied for this job due to my interest in Palliaitive care.
Question 2 of 30
What are your strengths?
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1.
I find patients that don't want to be involved with their goal setting frustrating, as sometimes it is difficult to know what the hope to achieve from OT. However, I always try to build a rapport with my patients to build a picture of the occupations and interests.
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I think that t it a relavant to our profession and a good question to ask.
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I at times have trouble working with clients who are not motivated to participate in therapy. This then influences my enthusiasm, however I often overcome this by building rapport and increasing the motivation to participate by tailoring the intervention to be meaningful for the client.
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I find working with patients who do not have motivation for their therapy a challenge to work with. Patients that do not find therapy important to them and do not value your help. I do find this demoralising. Also work colleagues are difficult to work with that are not team players and do not help each other out of that share their knowledge.
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I find the neuro pts to be the most challenging for me.
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Children with severe behaviors.
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I find it difficult to work with professionals who have lost the OT purpose and feel that because a patient does not have motivation or has been in the service for a long time they are a lost cause, I feel they may not have had the right intervention yet, and I am also aware that some people just do not want to be helped and that is there choice.
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I have not found any patient or person I have trouble working with, I try to treat everyone as an equal and look at there side of the situation when it is difficult.
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Agressive alzheimer's patients.
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Patients who do not want to engage at all in therapy and that are there against there will.
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Patients who have no motivation at all.
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I don't feel I have trouble working with any patient it's just that some situations and personalities may be more challenging to my OT skills than others. For example if a service user wants a stair lift when they have difficulty transferring it is my job to work through with them why this may not be possible.
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Lazy people cause I always have corncerns will it rub off on other members of staff.
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None I can adapt well and work with many different people.
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I have found that I work well with most people I have never experienced any real issues as I think I am quite a laid back and relaxed person and believe I am eay to get on with. I guess the people I find most difficult to work with are staff who are negative and unmotivated as I find it very hard to accept that this will mean patients they work with are not getting the best quality care.
Question 3 of 30
What is your greatest weakness?
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I'm building my confidence and try to take one step at a time when doing thins.
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By being a worrier I feel this is a weakness. I try to use supervision well to resolve any issues and try to reflect on my situations I encounter. Reflecting regularly helps us to learn. I feel I need to increase my motivation for my job and use my skills more. I am jointly working with colleagues to use my skill and to help joint learning.
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Learning to be more assertive by speaking up even when it is not always comfortable. Continuing to expand my knowledge base and clinical skills when it comes to neuro pts.
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Continually push myself to present information when given the opportunity to build on my communication presentation skills.
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Reflection and awareness.
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Getting the right balance for work and family.
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I am breaking down the weaknesses into smaller steps and trying to achieve one goal at a time.
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I am a perfectionist at times and often within this setting, it is really not feasible to work in this way. I have adapted my practise to ensure that I work as effectively as possible.
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I grew up in Israel, so coming here 11 years ago I always felt disadvantaged in terms of public speaking and speaking to a bug crowd. Throughout my years in undergrad and graduate school I made sure to take any opportunity to speak in front of an audience, and conquer that "fear". Ive given numerous in services, class projects, and led many groups to make myself more at ease in front of a crowd. Another area which I feel needed more improvement was asking more questions.
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Setting personal goals to address my low self esteem.
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I aim to take a step back and reflect upon the situation before committing myself to unrealistic objectives.
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I am delegating to others and writing lists to be extremely organised.
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Being assertiveness is one of my weaknees, however I know the importance of being assertiveness in situations and will therefore speak out during meetings when required.
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Confidence - reflection and seeking feedback Self preservation - being stricter with myself regarding time management at work and ensuring I take regular breaks.
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Well I think two of my weaknesses are flexibility and.
Question 4 of 30
Tell us about yourself.
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I am passionate about helping people lead a balanced and quality life. I am also pragmatic in my approaches and believe strongly in evidence based practice..
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Unique. Honest. Hard working. Very strong morals and values.
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Iam caring, passionate about helping people, I enjoy working with people.
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I am a hardworking, energetic person, who likes to keep busy, I am organised and like to plan my day to allow me to get the most out of it, although I am very flexible and allow for change. I am a fast learner and enjoy a challenge.
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I am highly motivated, very passionate about the population of pediatrics, I am creative and playful-which I feel are vital traits to have as a peds therapist. I am an extremely hard worker, as evidenced by my ability to finish the program I did while working full time. My personality also lends itself very well to the field, as I am able to build rapport quickly, establish trust, and explain things easily to parents and caregivers.
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Tell us something about yourself.
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I'm a teacher and I like playing piano and Tennis. I enjoy reading in my free time and the homeless outreach.
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I am self motivated, and very responsible.
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I am a confident well organised person who is very task focused. I go to work with a positive attitude and always believe it is important to work to the best of my ability.
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I am hard working, reliable, enthuastic, passionate about helping people. I enjoy new challenges and and am really motivated to learn new things.
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I am a hardworking and ambitious person. I am a compassionate person.
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I am a motivated new graduate OT, with a strong passion for helping all people overcome any barriers they may be facing to live a happy and fulfilling quality of life. I am energetic, caring and compassionate and I strive to develop my skills and knowledge to be able to be a the best therapist out there, so my clients receive the best care.
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I am an entusiastic, friendly, approachable person. I am passionate about the profession of occupational therapy and always strive to promote it within the wider MDT. I have excellent organisation skills and have developed excellent communication skills throughout my developing career.
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I am mature with a lot of experience and life experiences, I am a team player and thrive upon challenges. I am open, thoughtful, respectfull, yet I am not afraid to speak up for myself a and th a t of the rights for patients.
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I am Sarah, I am a Mum to 3 amazing children, wife to ....., daughter, sister and hopefully a friend to my wonderful friends. I am an Occupational Therapist working in Neurorehabilitation, which is an area that continues to fascinate me daily.
Question 5 of 30
How do you handle criticism?
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I feel that I handle conflict or stressful situations in a calm manner. I try not to let if affect my work too much. I will seek advice and try to resolve the situation. I do not like to get stressed and take my work home with me. I prefer to talk it through with colleagues.
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Conflict: I strive to be calm and see what is behind cause of the conflict. I then strive to find a solution that all parties can be content with or to help the uncontented [arty to understand why they cannot have thier way. I try to handle pressure proactively. I strive to take care of myself, so that when pressure hits I am more capable of dalingwith it.
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If I have a conflict with another person I like to talk about it with that person. To get the problem out in the open and try to resolve it. Pressure can be a good thing to focus on the task that needs to be completed..
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If I had conflict with another person I would speak to that person and try to resolve this with a comprimise so we was both happy, if we was not able to come to a neutrual decision I would ask a third party to step in i. E. Supervisor or another OT, and hope that they would help us come to an understanding, if a solution could not be found then the decision would be either made by another person or we would agree to disagree.
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I will try to calm myself first and then find the way to solve it slowly by asking others opinion.
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Depending on nature of conflict or pressure: I would get a senior or supervisor involved at initial stages to discuss potential concerns.
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Address the situation/person and try to established what is causing the problem and what can be done to resolve it.Document in supervision record for example. If this does not work will need to inform senior and may be ncessary for them to address situation. Handle pressure well through oganisationa dn time management and being open and honest with myself and team with regard to capabilties. Identify areas of need and work on these.
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With conflict I endeavour to remain calm, if I become upset then I remove myself and seek help from a colleague or supervisor and engage again with this person when I am calm. With pressure I seek to work through it in a calm methodical way.
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I remain calm and collected under pressure and conflict. I feel like the best way to handle a conflict situation is to iniate a productive conversation that will allow all parties to express themselve.
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Stress is good for you at some degree to keep a changlle fresh if im doing something wrong id rather learn from my mistakes.
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I firstly remain calm and try to diffuse the situation to the best of my ability, however if it was a situation out of my depth or expertise I would report to my line manager or employer to seek advice.
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I would be the sort of person who would confront issues with conflict directly. I feel I take feedback and criticism pretty well and would be a reflective worker. I feel I am also good with dealing with pressure. I have often worked in intense environments, such as when I was working as a kitchen assistant in a hotel and from handling the academic load and working part-time during college.
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I try to resolve the problem as quickly as possible. I would ensure that everyone sits down and are given the opportunity to put their point across.
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I think that it is important to manage conflict, and overcome by addressing it and therefore it will create a more supportive team framework moving forward.As a nurse in charge of a busy challenging behaviour unit, there was conflict however the important thing is the way it is resolved, therefore ensuring that trust is maintained and that all people involved in the conflict feel that their view was taken on board and respected, so that the best quality of care is provided to the client.
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I stay calm and try to reach an amicable solution. I listen to others and respect their views.
Question 6 of 30
What type of chronic conditions have you helped your patients monitor?
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One patient had alzhemiers, because I never expercicnce someone with such a severe disorder, My only expereince was reading about it.
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The children who were medically fragile have been the most difficult as they require alternative and creative ways to meet goals within the childs medical abilities.
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I had a patient that would inflict pain to himself by banging his head into the wall. We had to be careful for his safety and ours. I provided that sensory input to facilitate proprioception and order a helmet for him.
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My most difficult experience was in acute care rehab when we had to witness a client suffer from a preventable circumstance. It was a heart wrentching moment, but gave me a vaubale lesson in ensuring that we take every preventative step with future clients through the education process and teaching them to advocate for themselves.
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One of my regular client unexpectedly asked questions about the progress of their child conditions it was very tough situations they know very well about the conditions still they are asking.
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Compleating a community assessment with a male pateint, he became aggressive and verbally abusive while in the community due to his memory problems. Myself and the other member of staff had to de-escelate the sitiation and communitacte effectily to allow the patient to understand the next steps and how we were going to return back to the ward.
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When working with a patient with anti social personality disorder myself and the OT assistant met with him to discuss the possibility of him attending a course in the community.The patient initially participated in the discussion but then accused us of helping him to get on the course with us gaining promotions. This was therefore dealt with by firmly explaining that this was not the reasoning and then terminating the conversation.
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I have had a patient who lacked motivation and masked her problems constantly. She would not listen to any advice to reduce her risks of falls at home.
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During placement my patient demonstrated significant anti-virus social behaviour due to the brain being damaged after a stroke. It was difficult to build a rapport and motivate the patient toward rehabilitation. However I persevered with various strategies tapping into interested err rests a and motivate which enabled us to build as t therapeutic relationship whereupon the patient would listen to mostly accept positive criticism and feedback.
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I had a gentleman who became very agitated and verbally aggressive in a session. He was susceptible to delirium due to an unknown infection and it looked as if he was beginning to become delirius I was unable to continue on my planned session with and instead allowed him to vent his frustrations and attempt to orientate him and explain his reasons for being in hospital. This did not placate him, so I instead began to chat to him about his personal life- where he lives, where he was brought up, his wife etc. This began to calm him down and he appeared more content in the session. However at attempting to continue with the assessment, the gentleman became increasingly agitated and therefore I had to cut the session short.
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Client did not like to interact with new people, which meant it took different techniques and strategies to build a therapeupitic relationship before client began to trust and participate in groups when I was present.
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Challenging su who communicates through "banter" at times comes across as aggressive difficult to balance conversation.
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My most difficult experience with at my last program is a patient that was under the impression that she was in therapy for us to do everything for her and not for her to rehab.
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I completed a community outing with a client who wanted to cross a road at a dangerous place. I was aware of the danger and guided him towards a pedestrian crossing further down the road. We had a discussion about this following the session and I justified by decision for his safety.
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Clinical supervision when you can talk about your emotions and challenges win safe environment.
Question 7 of 30
Are you comfortable interviewing patients to gather health information?
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I think that I would feel comfortable asking patients for health information. Of course I do understand that there are some boundaries involved in doing this and it is important to be sensitive towards people, and understand that they may find it uncomfortable to talk about certain issues.
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Yes I am. As I think that this information is necessary for assessing the needs of the client. I would also take into consideration that certain questions may be of sensisitive nature.
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Absolutely, it should be a comfortable dialogue being mindful and respectful of the pts privacy.
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Yes, I feel my empathetic and caring approach puts patients at ease allowing them to feel comfortable to discuss their needs and concerns.
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I really enjoy conversation and gaining information is a great way to build on my skill of communication, I have in the past used forms to gain the relevant information but hope to build this so that I can gain the correct information from just a conversation.
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If it isessential forthetherapy assessment and they understand that idont have a problem with it.
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Yes, I feel confident in gathering as much information to ensure that the patient receives the best level of care and is fully involved in their care.
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I feel the information gathering stage is essential in the OT process and it is vital to inform future practice and treatment. I not only feel comfortable gathering health information from patients nad their families, I think it is extremely beneficial to do so.
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Yes, On my previous OT placements, my supervisors have noted and told me that communication is one of my strongest areas, and I feel confident talking to clients, as finding out their narrative is part of the Occupational therapy process and builds a good therapeutic relationships based on trust.
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Yes, if this is approached with sensitivity in my experience this should not be a problem.
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Yes. Its a vital part of Occupational Therapy. I prefer it to be on an informal basis, with me taking notes, rather than asking strict questions. That way you can build up a rapport with the client.
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I think that this is a very sensitive area and it is important that I respect a persons wishes during the initial interview. Often it may take time to gather this information and for the person to feel comfortable. So it is important to have a friendly but sensitive approach with people.
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Yes, I performed this many times during my fieldwork experience. Evaluations is an area I feel I can continue to improve on, but I know through my dedication and hard work, I will succeed.
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I love this part of the process - This is where I get a feel of what type of patient I have and what type of occupational deficits I will be working with. I am confident to to introduce myself and explain to the patient the point of the assessment and what I am to do in therapy sessions.
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I love this part of the process - This is where I get a feel of what type of patient I have and what type of occupational deficits I will be working with. I am confident to to introduce myself and explain to the patient the point of the assessment and what I am to do in therapy sessions.
Question 8 of 30
What strengths or special skills will you bring to this position?
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I have good skills in using theraputic use of self - essential for promoting client centred practice, I have the ability to use a varity of standardised and non standardised asessments, working with families within the community, ability to use variety of tools for communication following placement that used AAC,
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I have attended speech and drama lessons for 10 years and have achieved a diploma in speech, pre-diploma, platinum, gold, silver and bronze medal in public speaking and speech.I feel that these qualifications allow me to communicate effectively with other health professionals within a MDT setting, with patients and with OT colleagues. I would perhaps need to expand my knowledge in certain areas where I have not had the opportunity to have a placement in such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries etc.
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I am a good communicator, I enjoy talking and building relationships with different people, having dyslexia I am a very practical person and this allows me to look at things in a different way, allowing me to be good at thinking of different solutions to problems, ie, chair control falling on floor use a safety clip to pin to arm of chair.
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I have strengths in client-centeredness and ability to build rapport without being too directive/confrontational, excellent report and chart writing skills, caring, dedicated approach to working with others, I require additional support in improving time management to transition from student case load to full case load, and practice knowledge related to the specific environment here @ CBI. (e. G. FCE training).
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I have the extensive experience in working with forensic patinents. I have been praised in building good rapport with patients and buiding a theraputic relationship with them. I have the ability to put them at ease and have good observation and litening skills. I am a quick and keen learner and can adapt to any enviornment. I have good and realitic plans for my future Learning and career which I have very throughly thought about.
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I believe that I can liase well with a range of people and am very motivated to do a good job. I can use my intitiative in situations and am good at remaining calm. An area I struggle with is sometimes with nervs, I canm become slightly nervous in new situations but this is not something that hiunders my work and with experience I hope to become mkore cinfident in my role as an ot.
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I am highly flexible. I have been working across two areas effectively over the past month and have received really positive feedback on my ability to manage my caseload. I understand that the position expects generic working, I have experience of working from a physio perspective. I will need support with developing my skills as a generic practitioner.
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I am confident, positive attitude to things in life and work,
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I aim to bring my previous practice experience as a generic therapy assistant of 12 years and current knowledge and skills for current evidence based practice as a newly qualified qualified occupational therapist.
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I already have a lot of experience in this area and have good communication skills. I would be able to get stuck straight into the job and the way I work means that I can work autonomously and independently from the start and am able to seek support when needed. I will need support to understand the way the team works and would like further learning in regard to care cordination and the different documents involved etc.
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I am extremely motivated and determined to become an occupational therapist. I know I posses the skills necessary to be a successful OT and because I am compassionate, patient, creative, and friendly I know I can be a great OT. I will need to learn the specifics of treatment and evaluating patients but I know with proper training and education I will flourish.
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I am empathetic, able to use my own initiative, caring and have flexible skills from practice placements.
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I have excellent communication skills and am able to adapt these across various practice settings. I am also an enthusiastic, motivated person who is able to learn quickly.
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Strong listening and communications skills, good timekeeping, sickness record, organisational skills, good team player and able to work autonomously, able to reflect and good MDT working. Further learning round equipment and criterias for certain equipment, grab and stair rails at home, ongoing with medical terminology/conditions.
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Strengths: thoughtful, considerate, good listener, good communication skills, creating a therapeutic relationship as soon as possible, I already know the team, therefore I will fit right back into the team. Built the trust and close working friendships already. further learning: any courses my supervisors think will improve my overall knowledge and skills.
Question 9 of 30
How did you learn about this position?
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Fully analyse the consquences of each decision and ;look at how the long terms effects and whether it is worth doing so ornot.
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To make important decisions, I ensure that all inforamation is first gathered about the situation. This is completed through interviews of the client and significant others, observation and liason with team members. Once all the information is gathered, I consider the aspects of the person, environment and occupation before weighing up the options to make the best possible decision. The client and significant others are involved in this process.
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Write down possible solutions, consult with team members, discuss with client and family.
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I prioritize my different options and weight the pros and cons.
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I often go with a gut feeling. Before that, however, I need to know my options and have a good understanding of those options before I make my choice. A physical pro-con list may help organize my ideas, but in the end, a pro-con list of the options is quantitative and doesn't address personal priorities. I also consult with family and friends when seeking information.
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Take time to consider pro and cons of the decision and discuss the possible outcomes with my husband or those who may involved.
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I would make an important decision by speaking to my senior, depending on the decision, if I feel I can make this on my own then I will, during supervision speak to my senior and see if I could have done this better.
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Conisdering the options and taking my time. If time is not on my side look at the options and prioritise what is most important.
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Sound clinical reasoning, dissussion with the necessary people. Good documentation.
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Using previous knowlegde about situation, analysing previous experiences, using clinic reasoning, discussions with other colleagues listening to their views and making decision from all information gather weighing the positives and the negatives.
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I imagine what the possible outcomes of the decision would be and then place myself in those scenarios. If I find that I dislike the circumstances I am imagining, I reexamine the question and possible answer for logic errors, and then repeat the process if necessary. Once I am satisfied with my thought experiment I allow myself to make important decisions utilizing logical and emotional reasoning.
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I like to anaylize the pros and cons of a situation and look at the possible long term effects of the decision.
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I list the pros and cons, look at any potential risks to patients and/cost to the service. I work within policies and guidelines set out by the trust ensuring best practice.
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I makes sure to explore all of the options. I also usually consutl others who have knowlede in the feild because I don't always have the best answer and it is always worth the time to try and understand another person perspective. When all of the options are considered; it is I like to weight the pros and cons as best I can and make the decsison with the information I have.
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Ijmportnat decisions are made with a lot of thought given to the situation. I believe all factors should be conmsidered when making big decisiions that will potentially have an impact on a persons treatment. So calmy and very considerately.
Question 10 of 30
How do you validate the client’s pain and work to establish trust?
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Putting in place equipment and a package of care for a patient to enable them to go home instead of into care.
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A patient with low back ache.
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The patient I halped the most was a lady who lived alone with limited social support. I assisted her to return t independent living at home while adhering to laminectomy weight bearing precautions. Her smile when she returned home was worth a million words.
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I worked with a young lady experiencing psychosis. I planned and carried interventions to improve her social skills. I did shopping activities to teach this lady budgeting and money handling skills. The shopping activities was also aimed at building her confidence.
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The pt with the most inspirational progress was a woman who had been hit my a motor vehicle. She came to us with multiple fractures, external fixators and the inability to even sit EOB without 3 therapists. By the end of her treatment she was ambulatory and able to go home with a RW. I still see her from time to time out in the community.
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I helped a patient who had alcohol related dementia and was becoming aggressive at times. I ran a cognitive stimulation therapy group enabling her to participate in activities she enjoyed such as singing. I based the group on the interest checklist I did with each patient to keep it client centered. She attended 8 weeks of the group work and her sang, raised her spirits and became less aggressive.
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I had a patient who has scizophrenia in my community mental health fieldwork. He was functioning indeptly to live out in the community in his supported housing, however he had difficulties with daily occupations and activities, especially IADLs, transporation, money management, leisure activities. I taught him how to use the bus. He did not have a bank account, so we helped him open up a bank account. He was so thankful to help in function indept.
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A patient with a stroke - simply by taking the time to listen to her needs and respect her a s an individual enabled her to participate and engage within her rehabilitative journey.
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I had a client who had had a traumatic brain injury. He was very high level but also had a high pressured job quite high up in the council. He was only 6 months from retirement and needed to and wanted to return to work so he could draw the right pension. He had difficulties with problem solving skills. I sought high level activities specifically for TBI, which required him to problem solve and research things to come up with answers. We then looked at the route to work and catching buses. Building up his stamina and strength. I also met him at the gym after swimming sessions due to his anxiety around returning to the gym. The therapy was very successful and he returned to work and the gym and retired as planned.
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I feel that I have helped all of my patients equally, so not able to pick out one person in particular. I feel it is more a case of me giving the person the right tools to help themselves.
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Mr.McColl he was a really sweet old man he had been in an accident that forced him into a wheelchair after a few years the doctor finally decided it was time for him to start walking again it was a tough adventure but seeing him take his "first step" really made it worth it.
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I cared for a lady with a speech impairment following a stroke I made picture cards as a way to help her communicate also I made a passport of all important things in her life this could be taken anywhere with her and she could communicate to people via the pictures within the passport.
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I think finding creative ways to help a bed-ridden patient access his daily items was a powerful experience for the both of us. I was able to find ways of setting up his area so he could reach and interact autonomously. The little things that were important to him were just out of his reach and this meant he had to rely on nurses and aides. After making several changes to his immediate area, he was able to take care of his own needs and this gave him more of a impetus to take on more and more rather than wait for others to do things for him.
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There was one particular lady whose wish was to be able to dress herself again and not use a carer. Even though it took two hours, using various techniques and pieces of equipment, we managed to get her back to independence.
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I help a man that is a quadriplegic. Although I will have only been with him a year, I feel as though I have learned lessons that I will never forget in my lifetime. The strength he has and the experience I have gotten has not only made me better at providing care and emotional support, but I have also become positive that there is nothing else that I would rather do.
Question 11 of 30
What is your favorite type of patient?
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Rising healthcare costs.
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I think that a problem that therapist face now and will become a challenge is productivity and amount of care.
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There is an election next year and therefore it is possible that there will be major changes within the NHS. I think that the budgets will get tighter and that we have to work as effectively as possible in order to promote our professions.
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Working within practical restraints and demands upon services and my practice which may compromise quality care.
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The changes in the healthcare system and the demand for targets is something that I feel therapists will feel more and more pressured to carry out due to payment by results. I feel this could have a big impact on therapists time and possible less quality patient contact. However, saying this things do have to change in the healthcare system to ensure best practice and maintain professionalism.
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Budget cuts. Staffing levels dropping. Resources not being available. Bigger case loads.
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I believe that accessiblity will be critical. Many patients that may need treatment may not be able to afford the care or may not see it as important.
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The aging population so more openings will be available in gereatrics.
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Pressure of caseloads, more with less, standards of practice.
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Finding work, becoming adaptive to different health environments, from different wards to community settins.
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Maintaining our standards and staying true to occupation based therapy.
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Growing population of older adults facing problems with dementia.
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Not moving to a higher band.
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Generic blurring of the profession.
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Meeting the demands of all the patients in a specific period.
Question 12 of 30
Where do you see yourself in five years?
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In the future, I see myself as a highly motivated and passionate Occupational Therapist working with children and making therapy sessions entertaining, beneficial and effective for each patient.
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Changing lives in either ireland or england.
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I hope to continue providing the same quality of care and compassion that I do currently with a continued growth of knowledge and experience.
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Getting my hand certification and becoming certified in many other areas as well as being a clinical instructor to students.
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Competent, supervising others.
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I see myself working in a children's hospital with kids experiencing behavioural, gross and fine motor, visuo-perceptual issues. I have always enjoyed working in pediatrics and I feel that experience will definitely help me achieve this goal.
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I would like to be a skilled and experienced band 6 looking to move to a band 7 role.
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I am hoping that I will be working as band 6 within the Trust and looking at achieving band 7 level.
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I feel that after 5 years as an OT, I will want to further my professional development by becoming an Supervisor of Students, and attending courses which are specific to the area that I am working.
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I see myself feeling more confident in what it is that I do, being able to point out a specific niche/ need in OT that I feel strongly passionate about, and pursuing it further.
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I would like to have more knowledge in improving the performance of people with a wider range of physical disabilities including those with stroke.
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Being more confident, gaining experience, finishing preceptorship and continuing to help people.
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To specialise in a particular area and perhaps return to university to complete a masters degree.
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I hope to be a recognised formidable and valued member of the team, working with others to promote the service and be proactive within my continuing profession a l development.
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Hopefully still doing the same job, but more knowledgable and experienced.
Question 13 of 30
When can you start working?
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Yes, I have mostly worked within the community, however I also enjoyed the acute environment during placement.
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Yes, I relish the opportunity to meet patients at other facilities.
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Yes. I feel it is very important to see people in their own occupational environment. Patients usually perform much better in familiar surroundings. Also it is essential to assess the environment they are returning to. Vocational Rehabilitation is an area where it is very important to see a person in their place of work.
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Yes I enjoy seeing patients in their own environment as this gives a fuller picture of the person in their own environment. I have travelled to other facilities (care homes, GP surgery etc) to see patients and this can be time consuming due to rural locations. However, this I feel is necessary to truly evaluate the situation for the patient.
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Yes I do, sometimes being at work in the same place for hours can be exhausting so going out in the car to meet other patients, just gives me the fresh air I need and breaks up the day for me.
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Yes, it gives me an idea of how other facilities work.
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Yes I enjoy travelling, and I like to see patients within other areas as it improves my knowledge base.
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Yes, enjoy widening my experience by seeing as many different area of OT as possible.
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Yes I enjoy travelling and seeing what other services have to offer. I have made sure that during placements I have had the opportunity to see the range of services on offer to MH patients at varying stages of illness. So my first placement was forensic mental health, here I gained experience on both medium and low secure male and female wards and also went across to the acute mental health units. I had my CMHT placement and also spend time in varying supported living accomadtions and gained paid casual work with a company who ran a number of supported housing aswell as floating support. I also spent a day shadowing in a eating disorder ward.
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Yes, it broadens my knowledge of conditions and ot interventions.
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I enjoy traveling to different places and have had much experience working with patients in the community.
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I am very flexible and feel that seeing patients at other facilities will always be a chance to learn new skills. Plus if it better for the patient then that is the most important thing as you want the patient to be assessed in an environment which they are most comfortable with.
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Yes, I enjoy travelling, it is important to keep open minded and be adept to change.
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Yes, always adds to the assessment process and new experiences can be very educational.
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Yes! I enjoy moving around throughout the day.
Question 14 of 30
How do you help your clients suffering from Arthritis?
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Volunteer work in relevant areas.
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In my spare time, I aid my grandmother in changing, moving, and feeding my disabled grandfather. My grandfather has been disabled prior to my birth and I have been helping my grandfather ever since I was a child. Due to my grandfather's disability, I can proudly say that I have learned to have great empathy towards those who are less fortunate than me.
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I practice yoga which helps me develop patience and helps promote health and wellness to the clients I work with.
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I read OT news and OT Journal, I write a list whilst working of new information that I am unaware of and search for this on the internet and write in my journal for future reference. I would research any decisions I make so that they are evidence based and I give my service users the best possible service.
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Think of and research different activities to implemant the treatment plan.
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Searching on internet looking for fun stuff in creating new activities in a creative ways.
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I spend some time volunteering with the special olympics in order to get more exposure with interacting with all types of people. I also spend time reading articles on topics that interest me and may help me to keep my mind open to new treatment methods in the field.
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Reading evidence based articles to increase knowledge and skills in certain intervention strategies.
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I am a member of a music group within my church... This involves working with other people, with a range of backgrounds and ages. It helps with my communication skills with different people, and to reduce prejudices.
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Updating credentials, plan about my future research.
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I do a lot of self study, looking at articles and keeping abreast of current or news by reading journals and as areas of interest within my practice.
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I am currently learning British Sign Language as I am keen to become fluent. I am doing this so that I can help and communicate with a wider scope of people, as well as children with developmental disabilities.
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I like to spend my time doing relaxing activties such as yoga as I feel it helps calm me which promotes positive mental well being in myself which means I able to cope with pressure in the workplace enabling clients to recieve the best care possible.
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I raise 2 children! They build my listening and communication skills, develop my patience, negotiation and problem solving and constantly challenge me to try new activities while motivsting others to undertake tasks they dont always like! I also work for the local vicar creating and maintaining websites.
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I like to (as sad as it may sound) read and look at research. However, I also like to people watch. I also carry out voluntary work.
Question 15 of 30
Are you experience at hiring clinic staff? Is this a responsibility you are comfortable with?
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On placement with a stroke patient. I spent a lot of self study time to ensure that my treatment planning and interventions were evidence based, realistic, client centred and mostly effective.
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There has been a couple of times where I have really seen potential in someone and they have demonstrated a real desire to regain independence. I think this is when I feel motivated to put in that little bit extra and perhaps provide a couple more sessions on an intervention plan before passing on to support staff.
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For a client who had agoraphobia, had just assisted her with shopping in town and wanted to make sure her orders were reserved for the day after as encouraged her to go to town during a busy period and she was to go alone, so was a big leap in her progress.
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My three years in the hospital palliative care team - would meet family after work hours to complete environmental assessment to fit in with their other commitments.
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When a patient in their own home had injured the self, I called for the district nurse to call in and dress her wound. When I had finished work I went back to check up on her and make sure she was ok. Sat and had a chat and made her a cup of tea.
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Frequently child being screened do not qualify for OT services but I will still give teacher strategies or fidget toys to help within classroom.
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A palliative patient wanted to spend his last few days at home not in hospital. I spent a whole day liaising with equipment providers, MDT and family to facilitate his discharge home. He went home for two days then passed away at home as he wished for.
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Housing situation for patient with MS on medical ward.
Question 16 of 30
Tell me about the most successful patient you've had.
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I still don't have patients.
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I am not a practitioner and thus I don't have patients.
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I had a service user who was in bed unable to walk after a hip operation and once I had finished with my interventions i. E. Assessment, transfers, mobility, access and home visits, they was able to walk with the aid of a frame independently, complete self care and basic food preparation, with help put in place after more rehab at home for 6 weeks.
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A child with learning difficulties whom I regularly assist therapeutically to overcome those dificulties now functions normally.
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A patient who was unable to go back to upstairs living. Wife disraught as house downstirs fullof clutter and husband had become quite disabled so was already coming to terms we got someone in to assist with rearranging furniture and made it possible for him to return home. She was so grateful and overjoyed felt really made a difference. Simply giving that ladytime to talk.
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A client with short term memory loss after a car accident, was having difficulty with traffic as he could not remember to scan for cars coming out of driveways, restricting his community access. I was able to train him to use sloping gutters of driveways as a trigger to look in the opposite direction, i. E. Driveway of the house, for cars. After this training he was able to scan for cars in driveways and regain community access.
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My most succesful patient was a student who I was able to help motivate ti get a a part time postion that helped reach his long term goal of attending community college.
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I idetifed that a female pateient required a spesific intervention plan to support her issues around anxiety and paranoa in the community. Compleated an agreed treatment plan with the patient and worked with a graded appraoch to support reintergration back into the community with an evaluation date for around eight weeks post starting intervention plan. Engaged in weekly verbal evalation to continue to change tretment if needed due to mental state or anxiety level.
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It was on my mental health placement. I was working with a client with a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and a history of substance abuse. He had irrational thoughts about using public transport, that everyone was looking at him and someone was going to harm him. He relied on his father for transportation, shopping, meals. He lived in the subards of the city so there is very good public transportation. We used a variety of methods, thought mapping, relaxation techniques, desensitisation. I was only on placement for eight weeks, and by my final week we had used the bus twice.
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I had a patient on the stroke ward for several weeks. The lady had sustained a brain injury. I had no experience of treating a patient with this type of injury. The patient has severe cognitive deficits. I completed daily orientation plans and encouraged the patient to keep a diary. Through daily practise, the patient became orientated to time and she wrote things down daily. This improved her ability to remember events and she became less distressed. She began to accept her symptoms and her condition. She took on new coping strategies in order to improve her ability to complete everyday tasks.
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I worked with a client who had an aquired brain injury. As a result of his brain injury, he was experinecing some memory/ attention problems and struggled with fatigue. He had left lower limb weakness and at times struggled with his mobility. He was currently living with his parents but was keen to become more independent and live alone. His family had raised concerns that due to his cognitive deficits he frequently set the kitchen on fire when preparing meals. I begsn by working functionally with him, using a graded approach. I asked him to identify 4 meals that he would like to be able to cook independently. I liased with his mother and asked her to purchase the ingredients required to complete an initial kitchen assessment. He struggled with attention and was easily distracted throughout. We therefore worked to remove any distraction and discussed the use of memory aids to faciliatate independence. Through assessment it became evident that he was able to follow a recipe to focus his attention. We worked towards indepenence in a meaningful activity and eventually he was able to meet me at his local shop with a list of ingredients to make his chosen recipe. We worked on energy conservation techniques and discussed concerns he was having at work, with his permission I was able to liase with his employer to improve his understanding of the patients condition and make necessary adaptations to his job role to promote independence through meaningful activity.
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I worked very hard and closely with a patient within a mental health placement. Initially she was withdrawn, lacked motivation and h ad extremely poor self esteem. Following her intensive rehab and a hard journey she was s successfully discharged home and remains well and is enjoying an active social life.
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When I was a TI I supported a number of patients to apply for jobs and college courses. And in the space of a few months I had 3 people gain paid training placements in the trust and 2 people start college course.
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Working with a client who had limited engagement in therapy and was reluctant to meet new people. I was able to engage the client to work alone with myself in the community through cookery.
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Working at Select Specialty, I had a patient with a TBI that had a lot of contractures and could not respond at all. After several weeks of intense therapy he was talking and able to throw a ball.
Question 17 of 30
How would you treat a patient with sleep dysfunction?
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I like it. I like it a lot.
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That you are a professional group of clinicians with an emphasis on providing Christian-centered care.
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Its a program involved in the primary healthcare sector where students learn to rehabilitate and help those who cannot perform the occupations of daily life.
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I feel that you have taken into consideration the service users needs first and tried to provide the safest and effective interventions.
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It is a specialised rehabilitation unit runbythe huntercombe group. Providing specialist neuro rehabilitation for adolescents and adults.
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Occupational therapy is a health profession that uses purposeful occupations and meaningful activities with individuals whose lives have been disrupted by physically disabling injury or illness, cognitive deficits, developmental challenges, the aging process.
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It is a rehabilitative multidisciplinary team model within a community setting. You serve the local adult population striving to prevent hospital admissions and supporting people to be independent as possible within their own homes.
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The Mid Essex Hospital Services trust is based in Essex with services across five areas. It employs 3,800 staff who are based in acute care and the community. A new wing has recently been added and expanded the remit for care. The main values of care are : CARE, EXCEL and INNOVATE
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The small classroom setting, outstanding passing rates, job placement and family life faculty has greatly riled me in to this program. Milligan has had my attention from day one of visiting campus. It brings back a little piece of home since I am originally from a small town, Marion VA.
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Intense, placement blocks underpin theory.
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It is proffesonal and supportive to staff and clients.
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Becon of excellence for life limiting conditions, 14 inbeds, 1800 admissiions, community/day care and HPCT
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You service a wide variety of clients birth to 21, offer 12 months of services and provide services to clients within the clinic and community.
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I don't know what you mean by a medical programme but I would be interested to find out more.
Question 18 of 30
Have you worked with patients that have suffered a stroke?
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Being able to come a solution that fitted with the clients needs.
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Whenever I was teaching a pt practical hands-on skills in order for them to gain independence to return home.
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When pts came back to me and commented on the fact that they are now independent and able to go home with their loved ones.
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Just touching one's live in the littlest of ways that make the most difference (offering a place to socialize with others, offering independent strategies, helping people work towards making gains in their goals for themselves)
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When one of the client's parents came to me and tell me their child getting better in performing task at home.
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I can help people achieve independence.
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CBT group therapy session in preparation for first group outing to local town centre for women that had anxiety issues.
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I felt proud during my first placement when as part of my placement project I completely revised the hospital OT dept. Energy conservation handout. In addition, I also presented to OT practitioners in educating their clients on ways to manage their psychological well being when dealing with cancer.
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Working with a client on a specific functional task, when they managed to perform the task independently for the first time, the smile on their face, proudness of their ability and sense of achievement. That gives me the greatest reward as an occupational therapist.
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When pts start making small gains in their goals.
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I felt pround to be an OT when I saw patients being discharged from the hospital or tranistional unit. These patients had worked their hardest through rehab in which I contributed to.
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When a service user who had experienced 2 strokes told me that I was the first person to listen to her and consider her needs rather than saying she had no rehab potential.
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I would like to realize when you write this article is what kind of mood, why would you write this article, also written so good, is that I can study. I think I could record something like you.
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Often on placements I see how unhappy and frustrated clients can be at their reliance on other people, on a few long term placements I have been able to witness peoples progression to independance, even something as simple as pouring themselves their own cup of tea and this makes me have even more belief in the job and proud of what we do.
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There are many occassions that I feel proud of being an OT. Enabling a person to live independently within his/ her own home is really rewarding.
Question 19 of 30
How are your administrative skills?
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I hope to learn from more experienced OTs and enhance my skills while helping others.
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I hope that this position I would be able to develop my skills as a therapist, learn new skills.
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I would expect to have my own caseload, be trained in the necessary area I would be working in, through supervision reflect on my weaknesses and how I would be able to improve on these. I would expect support when needed and to be listened to when in discussion.
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I would expect to have my own caseload. To develop and improve my current skills. Through supervision I would like to be able to reflect on my weaknesses and improve them. I would also expect support when needed and to be listened to when in discussion.
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In this position, I expect to be able to apply my developed assessments and analytical skills to assist in developing client care plans aimed at optimizing my client's success with community living. I expect to be able to work as part of a comprehensive team to delivery expert services to the clients served.
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I expect to be working among a broad spectrum of patients and practitioners, truly putting my skills to the test. I hope this will enable me to learn new skills also.
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To be self motivate and with a willingness to progress.
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I expect to improve my OT skills and acquire new skills in order to improve my practice.
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I hope to manage a caseload of people with a broad range of conditions in Order to develop my knowledge and skills base for continuing further development. I hope to be valued member of the team and make a difference for the local population accessing this service.
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I believe this position would give me a chance to put the skills, knowledge and experiences gained from completing, my degree and placements to be put into clinical practice. I expect this role to be challenging, but I believe I can thrive and work well under pressure.
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I have been working in this area already and have knowledge of the role. I know that it can be pressured at times but also rewarding as clients often benefit from the service and we have helped people move on with their lives through recovery.
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My expectations are to be supported and work collaboratively within a team. To also have opportunities to continue with my professional development.
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I expect to be given a caseload of clients to care coordinate and also to recieve OT specific referrals for assessment and intervention. I expect regular supervision and MDT working.
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To be able to have a challenging and new work experience, To have access to professional development and an inservice program To have the opportunity to be part of an OT team.
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-To develop therapeutic use of self, to be responsible for a case load of clients, to assess, prioritize referrals and signpost clients to secondary mental health services if warranted.
Question 20 of 30
How would your coworkers describe you?
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Yes, this is my strength, I have gained excellent feedback from my practice educators regarding this element.
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Yes, I enjoy getting to know patients so I can tailor therapy to their specific needs.
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Yes, it is essential to communicate with your patients to learn his/her needs and personality to ensure they are receiving the best care.
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Yes, I like building therapeutic relationships with people and all my employment to date has involved doing so.
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I do enjoy communicating with patients especially children. I really enjoy being involved in their world and help them in any way they require.
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I do enjoy communicating with patients. I like to take the time to get to know my patients and understand them as an individual. As an OT it is important to know a persons likes and dislikes in order to make treatment meaningful and client-centered.
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This is probably the area I most enjoy and belive is vital the OT role. Communicating with patients enables us to undertsnad the client situation, the needs and enable us to collabrate with the client to develop client- centred goals and intervention plan. In addition, communicating with the client in evaualating their treatment so we know how they feel and whether the intervention, OT input and services has benfitted them.
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Yes very much I like to hear their life stories very interesting and generous to share them with me.
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Yes, clients and their parents.
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Communicating with patients is best part of job.
Question 21 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Being free to be I inventive with your treatment planning.
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You can work in a variety of areas. It gives you a different perspective on life. The use of occupation to enhance someones life is invaluable.
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I love the holistic view of OT. Not only are we helping them remidiate/restore or compensate for their physical injuries, we can engage in their spiritual and emotional well-being to make sure they are able to engage in meaningful occupations.
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I love the fact that I can make difference to some one life.
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Being able to use the skills of an OT in all aspects of my life. Within my work role, being a part of a much larger team of people involved with those that we help.
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I love that we look holistically at a person, we consider all aspects of a persons life to determine the best treatment and support.
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The ability to be inventive and creative when choosing various therapeutic activities.
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I love the challenges of the job. No two days are the same.
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The investigative side of assessments.
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The children's stories and their sense of humor.
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I love the challenge of problem solving.
Question 22 of 30
Do you have specialized training in driver rehabilitation?
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I want to become a successful occuaptional therapist and use my skills and knowledge to progress in the world of ot. I would one day love to complete a masters in occupational therapy and use my knowldge and understadning of ot around the world.
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I want to work my way up and become a Band 7 but work with patients and maybe one day become a Admiral Nurse with dementia or a Marie Curie nurse with cancer but as an OT.
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I would like to open my own center to help special needs person to achieve fully independent in their daily life.
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I intent on studying occupational therapy, then studying towards a masters degree in occupational therapy specialising in paediatric neurology.
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To gain employment in the NHS, to move up the bands and to continue to develope my skills and knowellege through cpd.
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I hope to work hard over the next year with my professorship and demonstrate my knowledge and skills are of a high level and that that transition to a band 6 role.
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I want to develop my knowledge base and consider band 6 position within the next 5 years.
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To further my skills and knowledge within my current environment to a specialist level and assist senior staff and management in improving our service.
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My plan is to professionalize on kids and work with small children and doing a master degree on autism.
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To Work as a basic grade in mental health, progress to specialist area and continue on to become an academic.
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I would like to find a career that is challenging and rewarding. Allowing me the opportunity to grow as a therapist.
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To empower people to maintain, sustain and enhance their health and well-being through the dissemination of knowledge.
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To gain specific specialized ot skills in intermediate care.
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To attend continuing education to keep myself update on skills and techniques.
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To work in palliative care, be an expert clinician and have a wealth of knowledge/skills that I can share with pt/staff.
Question 23 of 30
What are a few ways you would help an adult experiencing stress?
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Personally, I would say that I only have a few people I would count as 'heroes', but these are people who have influenced me and inspired me. Those that undertake great feats in thier lives, or those who have overcome an illness are the real heroes, as cliched as that sounds. I also am inspired by music and Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford {of Squeeze} have been a huge influence on me in my life, and I have been lucky enough to meet them. I also admire Debbie Harry, as I love anyone that goed against the grain, so to speak, and creates something totally new and unique.
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Describe an event or experience which lead you to pursue a career in occupational therapy.
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God, my family and my son.
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My mum who passed away, she had cancer that spread and was very brave.
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The lady who set up the charity I have volunteered with self less and my granny who is still an active member of her community although nearly 90.
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My mum a dad - the have worked very hard to provide a loving secure home and continue to do so.
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My mum - she has taught me strength and how important it is to be independent and to work hard. She ha always taught me to live a life full of happiness ad well-being.
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Charity worker who dedicate their time and efforts to improve the lives of others.
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My parents, they have showed me what hard working individuals can achieve and what a close family bond is.
Question 24 of 30
Where are you most comfortable providing therapy?
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If I could pass anything on, it would be that intercation is so important. I think it is always best to share ideas and to think outside of the box, and being social is often a good way to gain more knowledge than reading a book, as I have found in my perosnal life.
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Never judge a book by its cover.
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Always be open to learning and sharing ideas with coworkers. You learn something new every day.
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Always make your own opinion of a patient dont allow others to influence you.
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Be your self and take every learning opportunities.
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Think outside the square and network with other people.
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Contraindication and contra actions.
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Over my many placements I have learned that every single day and situation is very different and so to go into each sitaution with an open mind, treat peoples personal needs and not view ot as a set way of working.
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Keep up-to date with relevant policies and changing developments to the health service as well as learning different conditions and occupational theory to go with them.
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Finding a great mentor, has helped me to get on some great paths and opportunities.
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I learned that it is essential to work as part of a team and collaborate on the patient/clients care therefore this will benefit the individual.
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Every person is unique and deserves treatment based off them as an individual.
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How you communicate with clients and their supports to maintain therapeutic relationships while providing the best care for their needs and goals within your scope of practice.
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That there is two sides to a story, get the facts, keep professional and private life separate.
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That when it gets difficult don't give up, push through for what you originally desired.
Question 25 of 30
What do you do in your spare time?
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All types of patients, I do not believe in discrimination.
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I feel I work well with patients that want to be involved actively with their therapy. Patients that are motivated for rehab. I feel I work well with patients when I build up a rapport and see them regularly. Patients that want your help and appreciate it.
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Id like to think effective at communicating with various types of patientrs but I do feel I work well with the elderly.
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The ortho and general deconditioning pts.
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Ortho, neuro and general deconditioning.
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I find that service users that appreciate your help and are motivated to participate in my interventions are most effective to work with, but I find that when I work with someone who is less motivated, when I get a great result from them the reward is better for me.
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I tend to work with adults most effectively, with a broad range of conditions, including those without English (and/or aphasia) as I'm able to communicate with their relatives, etc. I don't really have any restrictions in terms of male/female/health conditions and enjoy working with mental health and physical dysfunction and both (many times these go hand in hand)
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I have worked with all different client groups and do not have a preference its the type of work I enjoy.
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Would say generaly all patients. I do enjoy working with those who are more unwell and present as challenging as I find the need to be creative something I do well.
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Patients who are motivated and willing to participate in their treatment.
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I feel I work with all patients effectively and treat all patients equalky, however I feel that I work well with patients who experience stroke as its an area that challenges me and that I research therefore providing me with the knowkedge to treat and rehab patients to the best of my abilit.
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I enjoy working with older adults best - their life histories are interesting and they mostly work really hard to reach their goals.
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Patients that are willing to try no matter how little.
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I work best with patients that believe that treatment will work, trust my knowledge, and have a good attitude.
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I find it difficult to answer this as I believe I work equally with all types of patients. I probably have a better understanding of people with physical or cognitive difficulties rather than people with mental health issues.
Question 26 of 30
How would your current supervisor describe you?
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Yes, I have always had a passion for caring for and working with other people. It is one of the primary reasons I chose this vocation.
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Absolutely, I have always tried to help others starting as a child, no matter it be with school, a life issue, financially, I always am the first to help someone else.
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Yes I do. I have been in the caring profession in one form or another for over 30 years.
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Yes, most of my voluntary experience has been based around helping others to achieve their own personal goals.
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Yes I have made some application but is waiting to ear from them.
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Absolutely, I don't feel this a field to work in if you cant show compassion for others.
Question 27 of 30
What is your ideal work environment?
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I would become an educator or policy maker and advocate for occupational therapy services.
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I would more than likely become a yoga instructor and or work in a coffee shop because it would allow me to practice being mindful, developing patience, focusing on myself and also interacting with many people (By working in a coffee shop)
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If I could not longer be a therapist I would like to work providing information to firms to help them make the environment more independent and accessable to people with disabilities.
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Funnily enough I would probably say a police officer. I have always wanted a career where I can make a difference and that provides a challenge every day.
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A career involving music and a career still where I am in a position helping others, as this I find so rewarding.
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I think I would be a counsellor of some sort. Maybe working older people, as I'm very interested in care of the elderly, as you'll be able to see in my dissertation.
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I could image doing anything else.
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I am really not sure, I can only see myself within this type of profession. I am very passionate about occupational therapy and helping people become independet so definetely osmething within the healthcare or social field.
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I enjoy working with older adults best - their life histories are interesting and they mostly work really hard to reach their goals.
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I would choose to be an OT assistant as this would allow me to be in the same line of work, using the same knowledge and skills while still doing something I enjoy.
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Interior design - I would like to let my artistic self be expressed.
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I used to be a bar and hotel manager so I suppose I could do that but I think I would prefer to open my own dog grooming business.
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Never thought about that, I always want to be an OT. I guess another position with children maybe social worker.
Question 28 of 30
What qualities does a great leader have?
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I continue my learning by reading the relevant books, research journals, partaking with any training which is available and by seeking advice from a band 6 occupational therapist whenever necessary.
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As a new graduate, I acknowledge that I am accountable for all my actions within the workplace as well as my own professional development. I actively seek opportunities to gain and improve my clinical knowledge and skills to ensure continuous professional growth. For example, involvement in formal learning such as seminars, conferences, forums, workshops as well as informal learning including, practice based research projects, private study, literature, self-directed learning and reflective journaling. I believe that engagement with the Occupational Therapy profession further enhancers ones professional development. For example having a role within the workplace, providing supervision to students and promoting growth in the profession. I initiate supervision and seek out constructive feedback from my superiors to facilitate and improve my professional learning. Furthermore, through my own reflective practice, I am able to reflect on a variety of situations to improve my performance. For example, reflecting on what went well, what did not go well, and what could have been done differently and why.
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Continuous Professional Development. Attend inservice training days, read articles, be an active member of you professional body, reflect, question peers.
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I would like to take continuing education classes regarding my specific field of interest, as well as local, regional or national seminars or conferences held for OT.
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There is always new research and methods being developed so reading and learning from other fields in healthcare and science. Therapy learning though can often be client led.
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Keeping up to date with new evidence in areas as well as shadowing more experience members of staff to learn from their knowledge.
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Through the use of evidence based literature, and having a continuing development folder to keep up to date.
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I continue to seek for evidence based research and learn through continuing education classes and seek for an advice from supervisors and colleagues.
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BAOT, OT news, Mac Voice.
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Classes at work and articles online.
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Reading journals, attending courses, visiting other OT departments and liaising with colleagues.
Question 29 of 30
How would your patients describe you?
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I have never worked in a Burns and I am unsure how I would deal with it. However this would not hold me back and I am keen to push myself.
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There may be certain types of injuries that I am unfamiliar with so would need to gather information and gain assessment skills in this area, but no not really as the whole point of being an o. T. Is to help others to overcome obstacles in their daily living.
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Cannot say I have come across one yet, when working on respiratory always unsure when patients on oxygen and short of breath, if appropriate for OT intervention.
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No I do not have any type of injuries that I do not like dealing with. I am flexible and willing to take any opportunity that I have to improve myself as an occupational therapist.
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No, I think every type of injuries has the potential for Occupational therapy input whether it has rehab potential, helping the person develop compensary approaches or provinding intervention to simpy improve the person quality of life despite the injury.
Question 30 of 30
What experience do you have helping your patients work through Mental Health challenges?
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Help my church when I am in town, for luncheons and setup of these.

About Occupational Therapist

October 29th, 2017

As an Occupational Therapists, you are a healthcare specialist that specializes in treating injured, disabled or ill patients to regain and improve their mobility and independence. You assess your patient's condition and develop customized treatment plans to help them overcome their limitations so they can lead more fulfilling lives. You work with patients of all ages, from toddlers and teenagers to adults and geriatrics.

It takes advanced training to be able to work as an occupational therapist. Most hospitals and clinics require applicants to have a master's degree in occupational therapy to be considered for the position. Some may only consider candidates with a doctoral degree. Occupational therapists must be compassionate and caring and have excellent communication, interpersonal, and analytical skills. You may interview for positions within a healthcare setting, visiting homes or within an educational setting.

The questions that are asked at occupational therapist interviews go beyond just trying to determine your academic knowledge of occupational therapy. To prospective employers, what is even more important is determining your soft skills and your passion for the job. During your interview, you will show the interviewer with your responses that you genuinely care about rehabilitating the disabled and injured. You will share situations that display the necessary patience and interpersonal skills to handle patients of different ages.

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