Sandy LeBlanc
      • Sandy LeBlanc
      • Occupational Therapist & Care Expert
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    Sandy LeBlanc

    Occupational Therapist & Care Expert

    Qualifications

    BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

    Specialisms

    • Neurology

    Introduction

    I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2001 in Melbourne, Australia, since when I have specialised in the field of neurology and rehabilitation. I have worked in the UK since 2006 and have experience in a variety of settings ranging from acute hospital, specialist inpatient and community-based rehabilitation, vocational rehabilitation and specialist case management. I am currently working as a specialist neuro-Occupational Therapist in private practice, with a focus on cognitive and vocational rehabilitation. 

    I have specialist skills in rehabilitation with people who have a range of neurological conditions, with particular experience in working with young adult clientele with complex needs, who require a particularly sensitive approach to addressing life roles and vocation. I undertake assessment and rehabilitation for cognitive, behavioural and physical impairments, working both autonomously and collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams. I am also skilled in prescription of appropriate adaptive aids and equipment, including specialist wheelchairs, pressure care and technological aids/apps. 

    I am experienced in critically evaluating clients’ rehabilitation potential and providing recommendations accordingly. Through my varied work experience, I have gained extensive knowledge of service structures within the NHS, social care and private sector, and understand how to utilise these effectively to achieve the best outcome. I am a collaborator and a holistic thinker, considering the bigger picture in a person’s rehabilitation journey. I have chaired a pan-London Neuro Navigators group and was selected to represent Community Rehabilitation for the London Neurosciences Strategic Network, focusing on integration of neurological care and the development of standards.

    In addition I also 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
    2001    BA (Hons) Occupational Therapy, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia