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After qualifying as an occupational therapist from Oxford Brookes University in 2005 I have worked primarily in physical disability. My initial experience was in a private brain injury rehabilitation unit for adults with acquired brain injury where I developed my skills in physical, cognitive and behavioural rehabilitation.
Working for the NHS as an occupational therapist for the past 8 years, I have held posts in both acute (including A&E) and community settings (including rapid response) mainly working in the area of physical disability. These roles have allowed me to gain significant clinical experience working with people post surgery (elective and trauma orthopaedic, cardiac and amputations), people who have experienced life changing injuries such as spinal cord injury and those with long term conditions. I do also have experience of working with people with both organic and functional mental health diagnoses.
Currently, I am employed as a clinical advisor providing county wide support to case-holding clinicians from the NHS, Adult Services and charities in the management of cases deemed complex. This particular role requires me to provide sound expert advice at the first point of contact which is often over the telephone in difficult or challenging situations. It also involves frequently completing joint visits to assess the patient and provide advice to therapy and nursing staff regarding issues such as provision of standard and bespoke equipment, moving and handling, pressure care management and safeguarding. Most of the patients with whom I now work have multi-pathology diagnoses and either acute or long term complex needs. I also write and deliver training to clinical staff including the subjects of complex handling and management of the plus size person.
In addition to working as an occupational therapist I also worked as a private carer at weekends supporting people in their own homes providing personal and domestic care. Working for 2 individuals with complex long term conditions (Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy) allowed me to gain insight into the real life situations of people requiring long term care and the stresses on their families and other carers.
I have developed a special interest in the areas of pressure ulcer prevention and management, moving and handling, management of the plus size person and palliative care. I am an active member of the National Association Equipment Providers Prescribers Special Interest Group and attend regular training to ensure my clinical skills are in line with current evidence based practice.
In addition, I also undertake medico-legal work for Somek and Associates. I accept instructions from both Claimant and Defendant Solicitors and Insurers. I have undergone formal training in the medico-legal process and am fully aware of my responsibilities under the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, Oxford Brookes University 2005