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Occupational Therapy Assistant
(Health Service Skills)

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INTRODUCTION:

This course provides a key opportunity for those who wish to work in healthcare environments with a specialism. An Occupational Therapy Assistant works, under supervision, in developing and providing client centred treatment plans to clients in a range of settings such as rehab, mental health, geriatrics or paediatric services. OTAs provide assistance to those who, as a result of a disability, illness or injury, require support in performing meaningful occupations or activities of daily living (ADLs). They assist in facilitating how to use assistive equipment that can make daily activities easier. Important administrative duties of the OTA include contributing to team meetings, documenting a patients treatment progress as well as maintaining office treatment areas, equipment, and supplies.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Leaving Certificate, LCA or QQI Level 4. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement.
  • CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English.
  • All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application.
  • An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the entry requirements set out here and satisfactory completion of the processing stage.

Note: This course requires students to be Garda vetted. Prospective students should also be aware that some aspects of this course are physically demanding and should satisfy themselves that they are physically fit enough to undertake it.

DURATION:

September to May.

FEES:

€300 including QQI examination fees (medical card holders exempt from €50). See fees & payment for details.

CERTIFICATION

  • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Service Skills (5M3782).
  • QQI Component Maths (5N1833) – available as an option in the evening for learners needing Maths for progression.

COURSE CONTENT

Occupational Therapy Assistant Theory - 5N3766

Discuss the roles and responsibilities of an occupational therapy assistant and of an occupational therapist within the health service. Discuss the impact of impairment and disability. Practice therapeutic handling in a range of occupational therapy processes. Demonstrate the ability to plan and provide enhanced quality care and support.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Practice - 5N3765

Explain key terms used in occupational therapy, including self-care, leisure, work, functional mobility, cognition, preception, splint and orthosis. Discuss the impact of cognitive and perceptual impairment on an individual’s ability to engage in self-care, work and leisure. Discuss the group approach in occupational therapy practice. Analysie the role of the occupational theyapist in optimising functional mobility and transfers. Discuss a variety of assistive devices, their use, application, maintenance and storage. Discuss the rationale of good patient position. Examine the technique of therapeutic splinting. Practise care of the upper limb to included proper positioning prior to therapy.

Infection Prevention and Control - 5N3734

Learn how to prevent the spread of infection in the healthcare setting including hand hygiene and standard precautions. Practical instruction in all aspects of practice including cleaning following blood borne spillage and terminal cleaning.

Care Support - 5N0758

Explore roles, responsibilities and entitlements of a care worker. Demonstrate an ability to plan and provide enhanced quality of care. 

Communications - 5N0690

Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.

Work Experience - 5N1356

Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practice employability skills with a view to future planning.

Rehabilitation Support - 5N3775

Examine the role of important anatomical systems in rehabilitation support. Explore the effects of illness or disability on an individual’s body image or sexuality. Practice giving assistance to meet the needs of the individual with pressures sores etc. Apply the knowledge and philosophy underpinning rehabilitation in the care of the individual with neurological injuries or limb absence.

Anatomy and Physiology - 5N0749

Learn the structure of the various systems within the human body e.g. digestive, system, respiratory system, nervous system, skeletal system etc. and how they work. Develop an understanding of the interrelationships that exit between these systems.

ADDITIONAL TRAINING / WORKSHOPS

  • People Moving and Handling Certification (requirement for work experience) – Manual handling training is required under Regulation 13 of the 1993 (General Application Regulations) and 1993 Manual Handling Regulations. This training programme is aimed at providing all persons at work with proper techniques when lifting, carrying, loading, pushing and supporting. It provides employees with good work practices such as proper lift Manual Handling Techniques. The course includes being aware of the necessity for safe methods of manual handling to reduce the risk of injury and understanding the need to avoid manual handling by using mechanical aids where possible. Furthermore, assessing the task using the TILE criteria (task, individual, load, environment) and implementing the correct method of lifting ensuring minimal risk to self and co-workers will also be included. Finally, knowing how to safely execute all relevant workplace manual handling tasks will be demonstrated. A certificate will be issued to learners who successfully complete the course.
  • HSE Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk Certificate (requirement for work experience) – Its primary focus is to inform learners on the guiding practice and procedures to keep vulnerable adults safe in the community and residential settings. The content includes learners being informed of their safeguarding responsibilities, the different types of abuse and neglect and how to recognise them and how to report concerns in line with HSE guidelines. All students receive a certificate on completion at the end of the course.
  • First Aid Workshop (online) – This First Aid workshop will introduce the learner to the principles of First Aid. The workshop includes identifying the role and responsibilities of the first Aider, understanding the principles of infection control. In addition, learners will describe and demonstrate how to assess a casualty- by conducting an initial check, physical examination, by obtaining a SAMPLE history, assessing levels of Response (AVPU) and identifying problems that are an immediate threat to life. Finally, learners will describe the requirements for a handover to other health care practitioners. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.
  • AMRIC Hand Hygiene (HSELand) – Effective hand Hygiene is the single most effective thing that you can do to protect the people you care for and yourself from healthcare acquired infections. HCAI’s. But knowing is not enough – it’s important to apply what you have learnt and believe that it can be done. By the end of this course, you should know:
    – Why hand hygiene is important.
    – When to practice hand hygiene.
    – How to perform hand hygiene in line with the WHO 5 Moments.
    – How to take care of your hands.
  • AMRIC Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (HSELand) – This course on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will enable and empower you to make an assessment on the selection of PPE for a task and to put on and remove PPE correctly. By the end of the course, you will be able to: Identify why you need to wear PPE and where you need to wear it.
    – Recognise the appropriate PPE to wear to protect the body, face and eyes, and hands in different situations.
    – Put on and remove all PPE in acute and non-acute setting.
    – Dispose of used PPE safely.
    – Reflect on your own actions and behaviours in relation to PPE and infection prevention and control.
  • AMRIC Infection Prevention and Control (HSELand) – Practical programme which includes specific measures for prevention of infection in all healthcare facilities, how to identify hazards and carry out a well-informed risk assessment. How to control the sources and prevent onward transmission of infection.
  • Children First E-Learning programme TUSLA.

WORK PLACEMENT / EXPERIENCE

Students will undertake a block work placement of four weeks (min. 150 hours) in a hospital or care setting. Garda vetting is an integral part of the application procedure for this course. Hepatitis B and flu vaccinations (others may be required in individual settings) are required for work experience in a healthcare setting. Applicants should be aware that healthcare environments used in work experience may insist that students are fully vaccinated for Covid 19.

Students are encouraged to source their own Work Placement but you will be supported by the Work Placement team should you need assistance to do this.

EDUCATION PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES

Some of our popular progression opportunities include:

UCC

  • CK102 Social Science L8.

MTU Cork

  • MT573 Social Care Work
  • MT910 Sport & Exercise Management.

MTU Kerry

  • MT912 Health & Exercise Sciences with Massage Therapy.

SETU

  • SE901 Sports Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy (Carlow)
  • SE928 Applied Health Care (Waterford).

Excellent progression opportunities to other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork (CCPS), MTU Kerry and SETU (Waterford & Carlow) for preferential entry for students of Morrison’s Island locations. Go to our progressions database for exact requirements on progressions for this course.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Successful graduates can gain employment as Occupational Therapy Assistant in the HSE or private health service providers.

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