The next speaking sub-test prep book will be for Pharmacy and will be available by mid-June. The book contains some role plays around a pharmacy topic, e.g. advising a patient about a new medication (statin), explaining brand name and a generic name drugs to reassure a patient that her prescription is correct and advising on acne treatment. As you can see, these topics are also relevant for the medical and nursing sub-test.
I know that it is difficult for those of you attempting the OET for professions other than medical and nursing, as there is not as much specific material out there for you. My advice is to 'pick and choose' over the materials for doctors and nurses and imagine how they could be adapted for your profession. For instance:
you explain exercises and treatments
you advise and warn, e.g. about exercise programmes
you persuade patients to continue with physio treatments
you recommend aids, e.g. wrist brace
you give instructions, e.g. breathing exercises
Make sure that you think about the language structures you need to be able to use for your role plays. You will find that these structures are common to all the tests. Because of this, you can make use of courses / books for other medical professions.
What you will need to do:
Make your own glossary of terms which are specific to your profession. For example, physiotherapists use the term 'range of movement' more frequently than, say, a dentist.
Make a glossary of the equipment and devices you commonly use in your work, e.g. CPM machine. Practise the pronunciation of these terms and be able to explain the equipment simply to a patient. This will help when you do a role play. Keep explanations simple, e.g.
I'm going to teach you some exercises which will help with muscle strength. It will make it easier for you to walk around without assistance.
Remember: this is a language test - show you are able to communicate appropriately with a patient.
Pharmacy candidates - please check out the three new YouTube videos I have made. The transcripts and associated activities will be available in a book to be published next week.