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 with distinction in Occupational Therapy from Leeds Metropolitan University, following an undergraduate BSc in Psychology at Newcastle 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 am currently employed by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as 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, specialising in amputee and prosthetic rehabilitation.  I treated adults and children with upper, lower and multiple limb amputations, the majority of which were due to orthopaedic, traumatic, oncology and congenital aetiologies.  This included high level amputations such as transpelvic and forequarter levels.  In addition to my amputee caseload, I treated a variety of orthopaedic conditions including surgeries for bone and soft tissue sarcomas and metastatic spinal cord compression.  

    In addition to my clinical work I previously taught 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.

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