Barbara Franks

Barbara Franks

Occupational Therapist & Care Expert

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Specialisms

  • Community Rehabilitation
  • Neurological Conditions
  • COPD, Fibromyalgia
  • Orthopaedics
  • Mental Health

Introduction

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 to this end have recently secured funding for specialist seating in my Trust. Within my current scope of practice I also carry out fatigue management; relaxation; anxiety management; environmental assessments and falls prevention. I am required to have an in-depth knowledge of adaptive equipment for this role to maximise the client’s functional abilities and complete comprehensive reports to request funding for specialist equipment.

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.

Professional Education
1998 BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy, University of Northumbria at Newcastle