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BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy
I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1995 at Oxford Brookes University, School of Occupational Therapy. I have specialised mainly in the areas of neurological conditions, acute general medicine and physical disability in adults. This includes traumatic acquired head injury, long term conditions, stroke, neurology, elderly rehabilitation, oncology and palliative care.
Currently I work in private practice and made this transition in July 2019, following working in the NHS for the past 23 years, 15 of which were spent in a therapy manager role, managing a team of occupational therapists and physiotherapists in an acute hospital setting.
I joined The OT Practice in 2015 as an associate Occupational Therapist, specialising in neurology including traumatic acquired brain injury and functional adult rehabilitation. My work involved detailed assessments, treatment, recommending appropriate specialist equipment, current/future care needs in many areas including personal care, domestic activities of daily living, energy conservation techniques, fatigue management, mobility, transfers and vocational rehabilitation. I worked collaboratively with other health care professionals, case managers, solicitors and other services.
I currently work as an Associate Case Manager working with adults with acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions, paraplegia, tetraplegia, complex orthopaedic injuries and amputation. I also work as a locum Occupational Therapist, which involves working with adults in the community including those with complex presentations, including neurological long term conditions, providing specialised assessment for minor and major equipment and adaptations and liaising and coordinating other services.
Prior to these current roles, I gained experience working in Acute and Stroke Rehabilitation, elderly medical rehabilitation and falls prevention, in a young disabled unit for neurological conditions and in Social Services.
I accept instruction 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 Civil procedure Rules (CPR) pertaining to expert witnesses.