Are you an Occupational Therapist Looking to Work in the UK?

There is currently an abundance of locum Occupational Therapy jobs across the UK to fill, and we are seeking Aussie and NZ Occupational Therapists like you to fill them!

MediRecruit is partnered with one of the UK’s largest suppliers of locum Occupational Therapists to the NHS. Together we can support you through the entire process from preparing to work in the UK to securing your preferred locum jobs throughout your entire working holiday.

Want to know more? Please get in touch today to discuss your plans to work in the UK. In the meantime here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions.

What do I need to do to work in the UK?

You need to have an active registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You also need to gain entitlement to work in the UK. If you’re under 30 and an Australian or New Zealand citizen you’re likely to be eligible for a Youth Mobility Visa which will allow you to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years.

In which locations are the majority of roles?

The majority of vacancies are in the larger cities where the majority of hospitals are located including, London (and surrounding areas), Bristol, Oxford, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Are Occupational Therapists required to hold registration other than HCPC registration?

Occupational Therapists are only required to hold HCPC registration.

Is it better to have 12 months or 2 years of experience when first arriving in the UK to locum?

The more experience, the better! A minimum of 18 months to 2 years experience is preferable,  however, if you have 12 months experience and excellent references you should be able to secure locum work.

What is the average length of a locum?

The length of Occupational Therapy locum roles generally ranges from 3 months to 12 months. You can choose a locum that suits your plans. If you are looking to work and travel you’re best to go with shorter-term locums.

What is the average hourly pay rate for a Band 6 and Band 7 Occupational Therapist?

Positions in the UK are categorised in Bands. As a band 6 Occupational Therapist, you can expect to be paid £23-26 per hour. As a Band 7 Occupational Therapist, you can expect to be paid £27 –  £33 per hour.

Do hospital-based locums offer accommodation?

Generally, locums in and around London do not offer accommodation. Commonly hospitals out of London offer accommodation with prices varying from £300 to £700 a month, depending on the amenities.

At what time of year is there more locum work available?

While demand is high year-round, it is especially when it is the European Summer… when everyone wants to take a holiday!


Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like any advice or assistance preparing for your next job in Australia, New Zealand, or the UK. Contact us for a confidential discussion today.

Good luck!
The MediRecruit Team

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