Occupational Therapy Personal Statement
Having always pursued study and work that allows me to make an impact on the lives
of the vulnerable through a range of therapeutic approaches, Occupational Therapy is
an obvious field through which I can continue to develop these skills and passions.
What excites me most about the potential of Occupational Therapy is the focus on the
promotion of health and wellbeing rather than on mediating the negative effects of
health-related problems. Learning more about this inspiring approach to changing the
lives of clients through studying a postgraduate diploma at a prestigious university will
allow me to achieve my ultimate goal of making a similar impact in my own career.
I have always been interested in the ways in which different therapies can be
applied within different situations. After completing my high school studies in my
native Croatia, achieving strong grades throughout, I pursued this interest through the
study of Psychology at Thames Valley University. I found that I particularly enjoyed
modules related to the practical application of psychological therapy within the field of
healthcare, such as Health Psychology and Counselling Psychology. This ultimately
led to me undertaking an MSc in Health Psychology with City University, where I
studied elements of healthcare promotion and communication, alongside the design
and execution of healthcare research. Study in these areas has not only offered an
excellent foundation of broader psychological knowledge but has also introduced me
to principles which are fundamental to Occupational Therapy, including experience of
communicating with clients to assess and respond to their individual needs.
I have gained experience of enacting these principles within the workplace
through my work with the East London NHS trust. Starting out as a Social Therapist
and now working as an Assistant Practitioner, I have been responsible for co-designing
and implementing care plans for adults with a range of mental health difficulties. This
includes using strong communication skills to talk to clients and colleagues about the
best way to proceed in the case of each individual service user. We offer a range of
solutions, based on the needs of our clients, which may include physical and
psychological therapies, supervised activities and employment advice. I also work
alongside nursing staff, psychologists and Occupational Therapists to improve their inpatient experience through facilitating therapeutic groups; including anxiety/anger
management, problem solving, health promotion, relaxation and other ward based
activities. I have found that the most rewarding element of the job, as you might
expect, is the promotion of recovery and he focus on social inclusion. The ultimate
goal of all therapies must surely be to allow the patient to live the fullest life possible,
and it is the constant, dedicated work towards this goal that I have observed
Occupational Therapists pursuing that inspires me to join their ranks.
In my spare time away from work, I have been keen to continue my studies for
some years. To this end, I have gained a greater idea of current developments within
the field of Occupation Therapy by reading books and journals dedicated to the
subject. Combining this theoretical knowledge with my practical, professional
relationship with the discipline, forged through my job, I believe I have gained a good
idea of the challenges and rewards that the field offers and my suitability to pursue it.
Having worked hard to gain the knowledge and skill necessary to play a
proactive and essential role in the lives of those in need, I am keen to continue
improving on my ability to make an impact by completing a postgraduate diploma and,
ultimately, registering with the Health Professional’s Council and applying for
membership of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.