International Occupational Therapists

Working as an International Occupational Therapist for Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust we will see you aim to provide the best possible care and help for our service users.

Occupational therapists are part of our Allied Health Professional (AHP) Workforce. AHPs support our service users and carers, our staff and the communities we serve to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We want our AHPs to achieve their personal and professional goals and live their lives free from stigma and discrimination and improve the lives of people who live with learning disabilities or mental health issues. Occupational therapists are in an ideal position to support the delivery of this vision and ambition. The underpinning values of occupational therapists are to support individuals who experience challenges in their health to achieve fulfilling lives.


As an international occupational therapist, you will work across our organisation with service users, carers and staff and are key professionals in promoting recovery. Occupational therapists assess, rehabilitate and treat people using purposeful activity and meaningful occupation to promote health and independent function. You will assess and develop treatment plans to support a person’s mental health and physical and social needs. You will provide support to ensure people can recover and reach their best possible level of independence in their daily living activities, such as self-care, leisure, and productivity.

Working as an International Occupational Therapist for Leeds and York NHS Partnership Foundation Trust, we will see you aim to provide the best possible care and help for our service users. We aim to deliver high-quality care to ensure that the needs and expectations of our service users have been met. Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s vision is to inspire service users to be able to engage purposefully in everyday tasks and life roles. Our organisation seeks to ensure that people of all backgrounds, cultures, faiths, and abilities are able to live meaningful lives within their communities.

Are you a qualified occupational therapist (OT) living outside of the United Kingdom? Would you like to join our organisation? Please learn more below on what is required to be a registered OT in the UK (United Kingdom)
Requirements to register as an occupational therapist in the UK.
Arriving in the UK.

Your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) with the Home Office will be issued once we have all of the following:

  • Evidence of application to/registration with the HCPC

You will need your CoS to then apply for your work VISA. When you receive your VISA granting you permission to work in the UK, we will arrange your travel and pay for your flights to the UK.

Why join us

We offer a comprehensive relocation package which includes the following:

  • Starting salary at Band 5 (£25,655 – £31,534)
  • Certificate of Sponsorship
  • Reimbursement of HCPC scrutiny fee (£540)
  • Visa 3 years and NHS surcharge
  • Flight to the UK
  • Practical support and advice from the point of job offer
  • Accommodation Support
  • Comprehensive induction and transition programme to help you integrate into clinical practice
  • Continuous Professional Development support
  • A range of training and development opportunities. 

Strong pastoral support to help you settle into the country by helping open up bank accounts, collect Biometric Residence Permit cards (BRP) and register with a doctor. Help to bring your family to the UK and find long-term accommodation, amongst other support you may need.

Contact us.

If you have any questions or you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact our International AHP Recruitment Team at 

Alice, one of our senior occupational therapists, shares her career journey with us.