Richard Woolliams

Richard Woolliams

Occupational Therapist & Care Expert

Qualifications

BSc Occupational Therapy

Specialisms

  • Paediatrics
  • Care of the Elderly
  • Stroke
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics

Introduction

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1994 from St. Loye’s College in Exeter, and spent my first years working in Elderly Mental Health before taking the American Board Exams in 1996 and taking up a post with Health Staff Resources in Dallas, Texas.

Whilst in America I worked across a wide variety of adult rehabilitation and sub acute settings, often setting up new departments for expanding companies. Clinical settings included adult neurology, orthopaedics, soft splinting, and upper extremity rehabilitation. I worked in various roles, seeing stroke, head injury and orthopaedic clients, and Learning Disabled clients, often helping establish new clinical departments for expanding companies.

Upon returning to the UK in 1999, I worked for Action Medical,, seeing orthopaedic, stroke and head injury clients. In 2001 I moved to Plymouth Adult Social Services. Responsibilities included hospital discharges, equipment provision, manual handling, care package co-ordination and housing adaptations. In 2003 I moved across to the Children’s Disability Team as a senior practitioner. A diverse caseload included children with head Injuries, cerebral palsy, autistic spectrum disorder, dyspraxia, muscular dystrophies and a wide range of chromosomal disorders. This allowed me to develop skills in treatment planning, posture and positioning, sensory integration, educational statementing, and building adaptations to properties and schools. During this time I had responsibility for Looked After Children and worked alongside child protection teams.

Other responsibilities included staff supervision, manual handling assessments, and delivering treatment and care packages in home, hospital and school settings. I was also requested to advise service commissioners on legal frameworks for service provisions and required to work with local authority and private legal teams. During this time, I have also been a guest lecturer at Plymouth University’s School of Health Professions, and undertaken regular public speaker engagements on a range of clinical and professional practice issues including the National and Regional South West Paediatric Occupational Therapy Conferences. 

Since 2012 I have been working independently providing a range of therapy services to both children and adults, case management, and training and consultancy solutions for professionals and industry partners.

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
1994    BSc (2:1) Occupational Therapy, St Loye's College of Occupational therapy