Mission of the Department of Occupational Therapy
Statement of Mission
The Department of Occupational Therapy at Helping Hand Institute Of Rehabilitation Sciences
aspires to prepare occupational therapists skilled in providing humanistic, holistic and evidence-
based services to a diversity of individuals, communities and populations. Consistent with the
Islamic traditions of The Riphah University, future occupational therapists are educated in the
liberal arts and are encouraged to practice their profession guided by intellectual, moral, and ethical
values embedded in a framework of social justice. Life-long learning and the ongoing pursuit of
knowledge and wisdom are facilitated through active mentorship, guided reflection and
contemplation in action.
Department Educational Goals
1. An understanding of and appreciation for the core values and philosophical base that comprise
occupational therapy’s heritage, and recognition of the relevance of these foundational beliefs to
current and future practice.
2. A principled respect for the dignity of each human being as reflected in the graduate’s
recognition and facilitation of the individual’s inherent motivation, personal uniqueness, values and
beliefs, roles and interests, and capabilities for self-direction within the therapeutic relationship
through the use of person-centered approach.
3. An understanding and responsiveness to the individual and family across the lifespan with
consideration of all contexts (i.e. personal, spiritual, political, economic, physical, social, virtual and
temporal) to facilitate mastery.
4. Effective, ethical decision-making within the complexities of daily experience that is guided by
principles rooted in the Islamic tradition and Occupational Therapy’s Code of Ethics.
5. Responsibility for active learning and a commitment to purposeful self-reflection to facilitate
personal and professional growth. This includes an awareness of the impact of one’s values, beliefs,
opinions and behaviors upon others.
6. Independent critical thinking and effective clinical and professional reasoning, founded in a
mastery of current knowledge, as demonstrated by competent entry-level practice throughout the
occupational therapy process within a variety of service delivery models.
7. Proficiency in oral and written communication for varied audiences, diverse stakeholders, and
8. The ability to integrate occupational therapy’s foundation in the arts and sciences as reflected in
practice that is creative, individualized, and evidence informed.
9. A commitment to promoting self-determination, and engagement in meaningful occupations to
promote wellness and quality of life across the lifespan.
10. Knowledge and skills required to assume managerial positions/leadership roles in medical,
educational, and community-based systems of care.
11. Recognition of the need to collaborate with inter-professional teams to provide quality care
respectful of professional scopes of practice.
12. A commitment to social justice and advocacy for individuals, families and the profession.
13. Research skills required to provide evidence-informed services and contribute to the field’s
growing body of knowledge.
14. A passion for life-long learning that promotes personal and professional growth while at the
same time demonstrating a commitment to a life of service to others.
15. A person who understands the various beliefs of the individual patients and integrate these in
Introducing your degree:
HHIRS offers a four-year full time B.Sc. (Hons.) degree program in Occupational Therapy. The
aim of an occupational therapist is to maximize an individual’s independence in everyday
activities, such as feeding, dressing, toileting, play and writing. An Occupational therapist deals
with patients having Fine Motor and Neuro-developmental problems i.e. Cerebral Palsy, Stroke,
and Balance & Posture problems etc. They pay particular attention to hand and eye co-
ordination perception and manipulative skills and how to develop these in order that the child
reaches its full potential. Occupational therapists work with people from a wide range of
backgrounds and cultures and across all age groups, helping them to cope with a variety of
physical and psychological problems. Occupational therapists work with a person to consider
how their physical health, mental health and social environment affect their ability to carry out
daily living activities such as personal care, domestic tasks, socializing, leisure and work
Occupational Therapy is an integral part of Developmental Pediatrics Services. Developmental
Pediatrics is a branch of Pediatrics, which deals with assessment and monitoring of growth and
developmental functioning of normal and disabled (special children).
It is a great honor and pride for the HHIRS to hold this course for the first time in Khayber
pakhtonkha under the auspicious affiliation of RIPHAH .
Excellent student support and recognized good practice within teaching and learning
Strong links with service users, clinical experts and industry partners, meaning we have a
excellent reputation for training occupational therapists who are able to meet the demands of
current clinical practice
Highly skilled staff with a range of clinical backgrounds, involvement with professional boards
and committees, national and international conference presentations and accreditation with
the Higher Education Academy Board
Clinical placement opportunity
International students can apply
The program will enable you to develop a strong professional identity as an Occupational
Therapist and to understand the importance of occupation to the health and well-being of
individuals, families and communities. The program prepares graduates to think creatively,
analyse complex situations, effectively to develop tailored and innovative interventions based
on occupation in order to facilitate therapeutic change and transformation. Graduates from the
program will have developed a sense of self-efficacy, enhanced personal and professional
insight and the ability to empower and facilitate others to make choices, to take agency, control
and responsibility over their lives and aspirations.
You will be required to be actively engaged in the program through academic, evidence-based
study and experiential and practical learning based both within the Faculty and through
community projects and practice placements. You will become increasingly self-directed and
reflexive in your approach to learning in preparation for your career ahead.
You will combine academic study with practice placements and develop a variety of
professional and personal skills.
Attendance is Monday to Friday, with all practice placements also running full-time Monday to
You will gain an understanding of function and dysfunction in the mind and body and the use of
occupation in assessment and treatment of illness. You will also look at the societal and
institutional contexts of illness and health, and ethical issues in health care delivery.
This course has five key themes:
ii) Therapeutic and professional relationships
iii) Occupational therapy process
iv) iv) Professional reasoning
v) v)Behavior and contexts of practice
The importance of evidence based practice within occupational therapy practice is emphasised
throughout the course.
In order to prepare you for the work-place and enrich your learning, we organise the practice
placement education for you with multi-professional health care teams in a wide range of
settings. You will gain experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team with people
who have physical and mental health care needs.
Over a thousand hours will be spent in the practice environment, where you will apply the
theory and practice of occupational therapy.
Whilst on placement you will have an educator allocated to you, and contact with a member of
the academic team.
Why we’r great:
Small class-sizes enable close working relationships between students and staff.
You gain hands-on experience in a range of professional settings through practice placements.
Our close links with clinicians in practice will strengthen your career prospects.
Our expert staff:
A unique feature of our institute is that most of our staff work or have worked within clinical
practice. This enhances our grasp of the contemporary links between academic researches, the
major issues of the day and real-life practice.
Occupational Therapy is taught by registered experienced staff with a variety of different
backgrounds. The course is led by qualified occupational therapist with the support of
Occupational therapist from technologically advanced countiries and existing faculty of HHIRS
in other degree programs.
We also have expertise in the areas of learning disability, brain injury and hand therapy.
Specialist guest lecturers additionally lend external expertise to our academic staff. Full details
of our staff can be found on our HHIRS Staff Profiles.
Within HHIRS , we have a range of specialist clinical laboratories and IT facilities to assist you
with the effective learning and acquisition of new skills. For students of our BSc Occupational
Therapy, we have a specialist lab. Which provides you with access to relevant equipment and
facilities within supported environments to further develop your skills in helping people in the
We also arrange off-site visits to specialist external facilities to assist in your learning, and offer
excellent physical and online resources in terms of libraries, computer labs, datasets, archives
and other research materials.
Our student-run Occupational Therapy Society is also involved in many internal and external
Our ageing population and continuous developments in health and social care have brought an
increasing need for occupational therapists, so career prospects within the profession are
excellent. As a qualified occupational therapist, you can consider working in different job roles,
as a practitioner, researcher, manager, lecturer or consultant therapist. You can also choose to
work with different age groups and in different fields such as social care, mental health,
education, learning disabilities or physical rehabilitation. There is a wide range of job
opportunities in different settings including charities and voluntary agencies, commercial and
industrial organizations, disabled living centers, housing departments, local community
services, and private hospitals, private practice, schools, universities, social services
departments, wheelchair services and residential care homes. The profession continues to
develop new areas of practice, providing many options to consider.