Claire Forsyth
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      • Occupational Therapist & Care Expert
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    Claire Forsyth

    Occupational Therapist & Care Expert

    Qualifications

    MSc Occupational Therapy

    Specialisms

    • Upper and lower limb Amputation (adults & paediatrics)
    • Prosthetic Rehabilitation
    • Orthopaedics

    Introduction

    I gained my Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2008 from Leeds Metropolitan University. Since qualifying I have worked in a range of physical healthcare settings within the UK and overseas. Since 2009 I have specialised in the area of amputee and prosthetic rehabilitation, working within a variety of clinical areas including acute surgical, in-patient rehabilitation and prosthetic rehabilitation. 

    I have recently started a new role as a Senior Occupational Therapist employed by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust where I am the Lead Occupational Therapist for the Major Trauma Service. I work with individuals who have suffered a life changing injury or multiple injuries, for example following high speed vehicle collisions, industrial accidents, high falls, explosions and severe knife and gunshot wounds. I provide occupational therapy assessment and intervention to individuals following admission to ICU or the Major Trauma Ward. Clients present with often complex and multiple injuries and disabilities, for example amputations, complex and multiple fractures, brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. My role includes the assessment of these complex injuries on a person's ability to function and manage everyday activities, the implementation of rehabilitation programmes to regain independence and the complex discharge planning and repatriation.

    Previous to this position I worked at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore providing specialist occupational therapy services to individuals with complex physical needs. I worked within the Amputee and Sarcoma Team and treated a variety of conditions including orthopaedic surgeries for bone and soft tissue sarcomas and metastatic spinal cord compression. The majority of my clinical work and my specialist interest however is with individuals who have had an amputation. I treat adults and children with upper, lower and multiple limb amputations, the majority of which are due to orthopaedic, traumatic, oncology and congenital aetiologies. This includes high level amputations such as transpelvic and forequarter levels. 

    In addition to my clinical work I teach annually on the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine course in Advanced Prosthetics and Amputee Rehabilitation. I also provide ad hoc teaching to other hospitals, students and at College of Occupational Therapy study days. I have displayed posters at national conferences and am involved in audit and research within this clinical field.

    I am an active member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists specialist section sub-group for upper and lower limb prosthetics, previously chairing the Scottish branch and more recently working towards updating literature for the children’s’ limb loss charity Reach as part of the South East branch.

    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.

    Professional Education
    MSc Occupational Therapy, Leeds Metropolitan University 2006 – 2008
    BSc Psychology, Newcastle University 2001 - 2004