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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1998 from the University of Newcastle at Northumbria and have spent the majority of my career in the field of adult community rehabilitation. I have significant experience in the assessment and treatment of clients who have conditions including but not limited to Multiple Sclerosis; Parkinson’s Disease, Cerebrovascular Accident, Motor Neurone Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Falls, joint replacements, Fibromyalgia and Arthritic conditions.
My previous roles have been within inpatient settings, involving the assessment of a wide range of physical health conditions and requiring expertise in time management to facilitate timely discharge planning.
I have developed specialist skills in assessing the client in relation to their physical, cognitive and psycho-social functioning. I have a particular interest in postural management and secured funding for specialist seating where I previously worked. My skill set includes, but is not limited to: fatigue management; relaxation; anxiety management; environmental assessments and falls prevention. I have an in-depth knowledge of adaptive equipment to maximise the client’s functional abilities.
I utilise my skills within the area of postural management to integrate with tissue viability, ensuring a holistic approach to pressure care and I have completed and subsequently led training for nursing colleagues in this area.
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 Procedures Rules (CPR) pertaining to Expert Witnesses.
1998 BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, University of Northumbria at Newcastle