Number of occupational therapists in the United Kingdom (UK) 2010-2018

In 2018, there were approximately 48 thousand occupation therapists in the United Kingdom (UK). This is the highest figure in the provided time interval, although the number of occupational therapists has fluctuated quite significantly in the years shown. In the UK, occupational therapists aim to improve how patients can do practical tasks if they have problems doing so because of issues such as disabilities or recovering from operations.

How many live with chronic illness?

As would be expected, the prevalence of a long-standing condition increases up the age groups. Almost 60 percent of those aged 55 and over reported that they were living with a pain condition, while approximately 30 percent had been officially diagnosed with one. Additionally, in England the prevalence of chronic pain sufferers increases for those in the lowest income quintiles.

Which countries visits the most?

In a survey of selected European countries in 2018, Hungary had the highest share of individuals who consulted an occupational therapist at least once a year with 58 percent. This was followed by Russia with a quarter of respondents visiting at least once a year. At the other end, 85 percent of those in France said they never visit an occupational therapist.

Annual number of occupational therapists in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2018

Number of occupational therapists in thousands
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Release date

September 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Number of respondents


Special properties

UK households

Method of interview

Face-to-face interviews, telephone interviews

Supplementary notes

* Number of respondents in the 2nd quarter 2018.
Most interviews conducted face-to-face, although rarely some might have been conducted by phone.
Labour Force Survey (LFS) data relating to employees and self-employed therapy professionals by occupation group (based on Standard Occupation Classification 2010, code 2222).

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