What should I read?


One of the questions we are frequently asked at open days, is “what books, literature etc should I be reading in preparation for the programme?”

Here are some tips to help you prepare for the interview, and the programme:-

  1. Read a good quality newspaper to get a good understanding of the current issues and developments within health and social care.
  2. Watch news reports or documentaries.  You will also find good quality programmes on the radio, specifically Radio 4. Access BBC iPlayer where there is a range of archived television and radio programmes.
  3. Reading (and there will be lots of it!), is a key core skill, so, if you are out of the habit of reading and making notes, it is worth practising in advance.

Below is a list of key reading that you may be able to access by ordering through your local library. You are not required to read all of these books prior to starting your programme, but it will help you to scrutinise which books you wish to purchase in advance so you can start your own library of Occupational Therapy texts that you will be able to draw upon during your studies and as a clinician.

All of these texts, either as an e-book or hard copy, are available through the university libraries (10% discount), once you have started the programme.

Study skills:

Burns, T. & Sinfield, S. (2012) Essential Study Skills. The complete guide to success at University. 3rd ed. London: Sage Publications Ltd.

Cottrell, S. (2008) The Study Skills Handbook. 3rd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Cottrell, S. (2011) Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument. 2nd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Occupational therapy specific:

Duncan, E. (Ed) (2011) Foundations for practice in occupational therapy, 5th edn. London: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.

Christiansen, C.H. & Townsend, E.A. (2004) Introduction to occupation: The art and science of living. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.

Turpin, M. & Iwama, M. (2010) Using Occupational Therapy Models in Practice. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Polglase, T. & Treseder, R. (2012) The Occupational Therapy handbook: practice education. Keswick: M&K Update Ltd.

A good human biology text is also recommended and will last you a lifetime! Many come with inter-active on-line tools to help with your learning.

Martini, F & Nath, J (2012) Fundamentals of anatomy and physiology (9th edn.), London: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.

Marieb, EN & Hoehn, K (2012) Human Anatomy and Physiology with Interactive Physiology 10-System Suite (9th edn.), London: Pearson Education 


Community Care: http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Home/

Listen to programmes on TV and radio to develop your knowledge of current health and social care issues. E.g. the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj9z

The Social Care Institute of Excellence, is another site to have a look at.  Although primarily for social workers much is also relevant to occupational therapists as well.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists, also has information for the public to read about too!

Updated 26/05/2017



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