Working overseas

Working as an occupational therapist in a different country can be a unique, enriching, professional and personal experience.

You should ensure that your personal physical and emotional health is excellent before embarking on your transition to another country. You must be able to withstand changes in climate, nutrition, working hours, conditions and human attitudes to enable you to be an effective occupational therapist in the new country.

The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) has produced general information and guidance for working in other countries, based on the experience of other occupational therapists.

To view the latest version of "Working as an Occupational Therapist in Another Country", visit the WFOT resource centre and select the "general" filter.

International volunteer work

For those considering international volunteer work, NHS England has produced the following toolkit which will help you to collect evidence of your knowledge and skills and give volunteers and local staff the opportunity to learn from each other to develop future practice.

Toolkit for the collection of evidence of knowledge and skills gained through participation in an international health project