Top 5 Ways an Occupational Therapist can Support Employers

What do you do if your employee has complex health needs?

What if you’re unsure whether their job role is still suitable for them?

How can you evidence the support that you’ve offered?


What does an Occupational Therapist do?

An Occupational Therapist seeks to promote an individuals’ ability to complete everyday tasks which they may be struggling with, due to physical or mental health difficulties.
Occupational Therapists can use therapeutic activities, equipment, aids and adaptations to assist recovery.


Here are Top 5 ways that an Occupational Therapist can help you:



1. Completing a Workplace/Vocational Assessment in ‘Real-Time’


On-site visits can help the Occupational Therapist to complete a full assessment.

By observing how tasks are carried out by the employee in ‘real-time’, the Occupational Therapist to see how the employee performs on a day-to-day basis,

and highlight areas of concern and identify solutions that can help.


2. Health and Work Ergonomics Risk Assessment


This unique report includes information about the employee including:
  • Health and abilities.
  • Workplace duties
  • Work environment
  • Hazards identified
  • Further actions required



3. Display Screen Equipment (DSE)

Completing a DSE Office Ergonomics Screening Tool, can help employers to ensure that the employee,
has the necessary provisions in place to enable comfort whilst carrying out their work.
This assessment includes a task breakdown and ensuring access to:
  • A suitable chair.
  • Keyboard
  • Monitor
  • Phone and printer
  • Work surface
  • Workspace
  • Environment


4. Wheelchair Access


Is your workspace designed with wheelchair access in mind?
What would you need to do to ensure wheelchair accessibility?
An Occupational Therapist can identify the environmental modifications required to ensure wheelchair access for your employees and visitors.


5. Comprehensive Report

A comprehensive report provides a detailed record of the assessment outcome and the recommendations identified.
This provides employers with a focal point for discussion with their employee.
This objective perspective can enhance a dialogue between the employer and employee, leading to an amicable outcome.



If you’d like further information about how an Occupational Therapist can help you, please telephone on 07341265564
or email on or complete the contact form here.
Led by Sophia Occupational Therapist, based in Leicestershire


“Sophia has supported our client-organizations’ employees on more than one occasion.

She is an extremely knowledgeable Occupational Therapist, her reports are of superior standard and she is extremely professional and personable.

We have the utmost confidence in her work and we would highly recommend her services.”

Dr. Tarek Aly, Clinical Director, Prospérité Occupational Health


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