David Baker
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    David Baker

    Occupational Therapist & Care Expert

    Qualifications

    MRes, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

    Specialisms

    • Hand and Upper Limb Injuries
    • Orthopaedics
    • Rheumatology

    Introduction

    I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2003 and since 2004 I have been working within the specialist field of hand therapy. I have a range of highly developed skills in treatment and assessment of a variety of hand related conditions. In 2010 I gained a Masters of Research in Clinical Practice and am working towards Level III accreditation by the British Association of Hand Therapists (BAHT).

    In my current role as a specialist hand rehabilitation therapist, I work in a busy musculoskeletal inpatient/outpatient service responsible for establishing treatment programmes for patients who have sustained acute trauma or undergone elective surgery. Referrals are mainly sourced through the hospital's team of specialist consultants, but also from GP’s, therapy colleagues and from self-referrals. The injuries I work with range from tendons, bones, nerves, and soft tissues to Dupuytrens disease, carpal tunnel syndrome, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), arthritic conditions and work related upper limb disorders amongst others. Both standardised and non-standardised assessments are used to establish outcomes. 

    I am competent to a high standard in various treatment modalities including static and dynamic splinting using both thermoplastics and neoprene, joint mobilisation, ultrasound, pressure garment prescription as well as general hand therapy specific modalities. I also hold responsibility for triaging referrals and engaging in close liaison with the surgical team, as well as clinical supervision and service development. 

    In 2009 I was granted a one year’s secondment as a result of successfully gaining a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded studentship to undertake a Masters of Research in Clinical Practice. This involved undertaking a work based research study investigating treatment factors around proximal interphalangeal joint contracture resolution. In 2012 I volunteered my hand therapy skills on a mission to Sierra Leone, Africa, sponsored by the charity ReSurge Africa and the British Society for Surgery of the Hand, to train local doctors and therapists and treat patients.

    I also provide regular in-service training sessions to the team and have undertaken poster presentations.

    In addition, I 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.

    Professional Education
    2010 
        Masters of Research in Clinical Practice (Merit), St George's University of London
    2003     Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) Class 2.1, Oxford Brookes University