Occupational Therapists work with an astonishing range of clients and situations. Below is an anecdotal list of different types of OTs I have met or worked with, noting the similarities and differences between their specialisms and working environments.
Independent self-employed OT
OTs who have set up their own practice, for example one who provides assessment and treatment for children with autism or cerebral palsy. These are often in ‘role-emerging’ areas such as home adaptation consultancy for housing associations (eg http://www.viva-access.com/), or providing animal therapy services (eg www.nurture-dogs.co.uk).
Essex County Council
OTs are self-employed and work on a freelance basis. Jobs are put out by the council and OTs accept them as they wish; they are priced according to how complex or faraway the patient is. A difference here is that OTs therefore work independently which means they don’t have support of a team, must achieve their supervision needs independently, and ensure tax is paid. On the flip side it is a very flexible way of working as you can accept or decline work as you wish on a a week-to-week basis, balancing how much time you have spare vs how much money you wish to earn.