Tanya de Beer (nee Black)
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    Tanya de Beer (nee Black)

    Occupational Therapist & Care Expert

    Qualifications

    MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy, BSc Occupational Therapy

    Specialisms

    • Neurological conditions, Back Injuries,
    • Adults with Cerebral Palsy and Learning Disabilities.
    • Orthopaedics

    Introduction

    I qualified in 2002 as an Occupational Therapist and I have specialised mainly in the areas of neurology and physical disability. This includes brain injury, long term conditions, spinal injury, trauma, orthopaedics and medical rehabilitation. 

    Currently I work in the NHS and private practice. have been working in an inpatient rehabilitation unit since 2005 as the Clinical Lead Occupational Therapist. My role involves providing highly specialist inpatient rehabilitation to clients with mainly neurological conditions but also orthopaedic and general medical conditions including clients who have had multiple injuries following trauma. Clients I work with often have co-morbidities including Learning Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, and complex past medical histories. Clients have usually been discharged from an acute hospital and they require inpatient rehabilitation before being discharged home or to another appropriate setting. I provide detailed assessments and treatment programmes for clients in many areas including personal care, domestic activities of daily living, energy conservation techniques, fatigue management, mobility, transfers and manual handling. I liaise closely with the client, family, carers, care managers, other health care professionals and services to plan, coordinate and facilitate discharge. This includes conducting home visits, recommending care needs, equipment and minor adaptations for discharge. 

    Currently I am involved in a part time secondment a Community Brain Injury team. This involves working with clients who have acquired and traumatic brain injury. Clients have been discharged home from hospital or to other destinations where they may need more support like nursing homes. I conduct in-depth assessments and treatment to achieve goals in activities of daily living, physical function, fatigue management, vocational rehabilitation, minor adaptations, manual handling, identifying appropriate equipment, recommending current and future care needs.

    In my private practice, I work with clients who mainly have neurological and physical difficulties. I have referrals for clients who require ongoing rehabilitation. My work involves detailed assessments, treatment, recommending appropriate specialist equipment, minor adaptations, current/future care needs and compiling detailed reports. I work collaboratively with other health care professionals, schools, case managers, care managers, solicitors and other services.

    Prior to these roles I have experience working in stroke rehabilitation, elderly medical rehabilitation, intermediate care and day hospitals.

    I am committed to ongoing personal development and I completed a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2013. I have a specialist interest in using technology in rehabilitation and I have conducted research with patient experience of using Nintendo Wii™ in physical rehabilitation.

    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
    2013 Masters in Advanced Occupational Therapy, University of Northampton
    2002 Bachelor of Science Honours in Occupational Therapy, University of Zimbabwe