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Sophie 30th Jan 2018 Activities Co-ordinator
I trained as an OT. But this job is hard as I try to do group sessions but with 45 all having intrinsic and complicated skills matches. I am the only one doing my job and wonder how many work with a team, do extra out of hours and the ratio of coordinators to clients. I do 20 hrs per week with 45 clients, I'm a qualified OT and get £8.40. Is this normal or am I being so loyal to clients that I'm being taken for a ride by owners? People think you just play games but you are people's confidante,friend and develope connections with family. Please guide me on my situation
Many thanks Sophie
Solange 30th Jan 2018 Diversional Therapist
Hi Sofie, in my experience the OTs have one activity staff to help them out. You are quite right, it is very hard to work with clients of unmatched skills. If you don’t have a staff member to help you, you should have a couple of volunteers, duly trained, to help you. Alternatively, small groups are easier to work with. Regarding your wages, you may check with the OT peak body in your country. It seems to me your hourly rate is rather low.

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